New US Trailer for Cristian Mungiu's Film 'Graduation' from Romania

March 14, 2017
Source: YouTube

Graduation US Trailer

"A father will do anything to save his daughter's future." Sundance Selects + IFC Films have debuted the official US trailer for a film titled Graduation, made by acclaimed Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu. Mungiu won the Palme d'Or at Cannes a few years ago for 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days, and this new film also premiered in competition at Cannes last year. Graduation (or Bacalaureat in Romanian) is about a father and his daughter, who is just about to graduate and go to a university in the UK. But an attack against her jeopardizes everything. It's a complex film about compromises and the implications of the parent's role. The cast includes Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Rares Andrici, Lia Bugnar, Malina Manovici and Vlad Ivanov. This received fairly positive reviews at Cannes, but it's not better than Mungiu's other films.

Here's the new official US trailer (+ poster) for Cristian Mungiu's Graduation, direct from YouTube:

Graduation Poster

Romeo Aldea (49), a physician living in a small mountain town in Transylvania, has raised his daughter Eliza with the idea that once she turns 18, she will leave to study and live abroad. His plan is close to succeeding - Eliza has won a scholarship to study in the UK. She just has to pass her final exams - a formality for such a good student. On the day before her first written exam, Eliza is assaulted in an attack that could jeopardize her entire future. Now Romeo has to make a decision. There are ways of solving the situation, but none of them using the principles he, as a father, has taught his daughter. Graduation is written and directed by Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu, of the films Occident, 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Palme d'Or Winner), Tales from the Golden Age, and Beyond the Hills. This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Sundance/IFC opens Graduation in limited US theaters starting April 7th.

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  • shiboleth
    Yup, that's the reality in Eastern Europe ...
    • Bo
      That's really, really heavy shiboleth, and I'll take your word for it! Glad I'm where I'm at, here in the south West of the U.S.A., for sure. This looks really good and very dark and gritty and tough to experience. I know his other film that did so well...4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days...was equally as heavy. I saw it and it was a real gut job. I saw it a few years back when it came to the States. I can't really remember much about it and am not too sure I liked it. It's a difficult film, as this one also appears to be...making it difficult to say one 'liked' it. Heavy, well made stuff by this director...and the truth about life and suffering done in an honorable and authentic and respectful manner. Hard to beat that. Peace.
      • shiboleth
        Yes, it is heavy, Bo! But, it's not always like that. What I like about films like this is the fact they don't color post-communism in pink since it's not all bright and shinny. I'm not even sure should it be called the era of post-communism or some weird version of Eastern European age of EU or wherever in time or in history some countries of this region are. Anyway, there are brute realities and films like this are portraying them in the way they should. Yes, this director has, let's say, a heavy hand like some others in the East Europe. And no; or, saying that their films are just good or bad just doesn't do justice to many of them since they are so often social dramas or stories about failure of societies in some regions in Europe. But then again, I must say, everything is not dark around here. It is better where I live, for one. And, there are also other good stories, there are better perspectives. But what happens here is just an artist who is willing to do what artist should do: to show what else needs to be better ... Peace to you, too ...
        • Bo
          Good reply, shiboleth. I happy to hear it's better where you live as the gods only know how difficult life can be without the killing and destruction humans wreck upon one another. I'm always partial to the films that attempt to show life truthfully and are not created to soothe the masses. I always hope these kind of films are done well, but making movie is a difficult endeavor so I'm always in these kind of filmmaker's corner and hope they succeed in making a well made film. Cheers!
    Looking like an amazing dramatic film. I am looking forward to seeing this.
  • backwardsprogress
    So weird knowing the language and reading the subtitles. I don't feel what the characters are saying are as dramatic as the subtitles makes them appear to be.




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