US sale for Tales from the Golden Age

By Iulia Blaga
    IFC has picked up U.S. distribution rights for Tales from the Golden Age, produced and written by Cristian Mungiu, and presented in Cannes in Un Certain Regard.
    Mungiu, recipient of Palme d'Or 2007 for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (aka 432), had written some of the stories of this omnibus movie before shooting 432. He is produced it with his company, Mobra Films (wwwmobrafilms.ro). Four young Romanian filmmakers, who have yet to make their first feature films, are directing four episodes in the movie: Hanno Hofer, Ioana Uricariu, Constantin Popescu and Razvan Marculescu. The other two were directed by Mungiu himself, who then chose just one of them in order to fit the film in the festival screening programme.

    After 432, Tales from the Golden Age shows another perspective of the communist regime in Romania, one which has a tragi-comic take on the times. Some of the six stories are urban legends, others were inspired by articles Mungiu read in a magazine of that time, "For the Country".

    The film will open the 8th edition of Transylvania Film Festival (www.tiff.ro) on May 29. IFC distributed also 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days in the U.S. IFC (www.ifcfilms.com) will release Tales from the Golden Age in 2010.