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  • A man in uniform speaks with a man in the doorway of his trailer; a young woman stands over a bowl to prepare something while looking on, and amusement park swings are in the background.
  • A group of men are gathered outside; two of them hold pigeons.
  • Two men sit on a couch; a pig lays on the rug in front of them, and a woman and a child stand to the side, looking at it.
  • A woman and man stand in a hallway talking; he smokes a cigarette.
  • Three men stand in a large industrial space with tons of chickens.



Saturday, November 23

(2009, Cristian Mungiu, Constantin Popescu, Hanno Hofer, Razvan Marculescu, Ioana Uricaru) Five outlandish urban takes capturing the strange reality of life during the Ceausescu era, ironically dubbed “The Golden Age.” 35mm. Approx. 150 min.


“A hearty satirical guffaw of gallows humor that illustrates how laughter helped buoy the spirits of an oppressed citizenry… Tales From the Golden Age was overseen by Cristian Mungiu, the director of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, the dour masterpiece about a young woman’s nightmarish search for an abortion, which is now viewed as a cornerstone of the Romanian New Wave. The director has called Tales a folk film, as opposed to a festival film like 4 Months.”
– Stephen Holden, The New York Times

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