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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Occident

Fortnight 2002, Feature film, 1h39

Synopsis

In the both clever and complex screenplay of Occident, the three protagonists influence each other’s lives without themselves knowing it. The way in which the first-time director links events together makes them acquire unexpected meanings. In a cemetery, the different stories come together. Almost everyone seems to want to leave Romania, where life does not have much to offer. Luci and his fiancée Sorina have just become homeless. Sorina’s father would have found something, but he has been dead for years. Sorina and Luci go to his grave, waiting for a sign from heaven. However the sign they receive is far from being mystical: a bottle falls from the sky, straight on Luci’s head. Fortunately they get a lift to hospital from a nice Frenchman. For Sorina, this Jérôme is her one chance to improve her situation and she moves in with him straightaway. In an attempt to win back Sorina, Luci takes a job as a living beer bottle. In this way he meets Mihaela, who was jilted at the altar… In addition to being a glib and black comedy, Occident is also a story about migration – and especially about those who stay behind.

Director

Cristian Mungiu

Born in 1968, Cristian Mungiu studied English and American literature. A graduate of Bucarest film school, he worked as assistant director on some 15 features from 1994 to 1998, among them Bertrand Tavernier’s Captain Conan and Radu Mihaileanu’s Train de vie. A journalist for various magazines, he has published short stories in literary periodicals and directed several prize-winning shorts. He wrote the scripts for Tina and her Mother and For City Ends. Occident is his first feature.

Alexandru Papadopol
Anca Androne
Coca Bloos
Dorel Visan
Tania Popa
Tora Vasilescu

Screenplay
Cristian Mungiu

Image
Vivi Dragan Vasile

Sound
Andrei Pap

Editing
Nita Chivulescu

Music
Petru Margineanu, Ioan Gyuri Pascu

Set decoration
Eva Szantai

production : Dan Badea Temple Film, 80 A, section 1, rue Zosima, Bucarest , Roumanie tél. : (40) 92 601 753, fax : (401) 224 3283 temple@ir.ro Centre National de la Cinématographie (Roumanie) ventes à l’étranger : Temple Film presse : Daniel Burlac portable : 33 (0)6 15 46 04 01 e-mail : occident_presse@yahoo.fr

Title in Original Version : L’Occident