OCCIDENT

Cristian Mungiu

Romania 105 min Fiction

Synopsis

Before filmmaker Cristian Mungiu collected the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes 2007 with 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days, he wowed critics and audiences alike with his debut feature, a bitter comedy about young people looking to emigrate from Romania. Occident is set at the dawn of post-Ceaușescu Romania, where the excitement of newly acquired freedom is tempered by the harsh economic and political realities of the new society. Mungiu weaves three different storylines that take place at the same time – crossing and interconnecting – with characters often influencing each other without even knowing it. And sometimes, the true nature of a situation is only revealed once viewed from another character’s point of view. 

Filmmaker

Cristian Mungiu

He is one of the most prominent directors on the contemporary scene, the initiator of what is considered the new wave of Romanian cinema. His film The Death of Mr. Lazarescu won the Un Certain Regard competition at Cannes, and since then all of his films have gone through the most important festivals. With Sieranevada, his fourth feature film, he won the Chicago Film Festival, and with Malmkrog he was awarded in Seville.

Filmography: MMXX (2023, D'A 2024), Malmkrog (2020, D'A 2021), Sieranevada (2016), Three Interpretation Exercises (2013), Aurora (2010, D'A 2011), The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005, D'A 2013), Cigarettes and Coffee (short film, 2004), Stuff and Dough (2001)

Cristian Mungiu

Film information

Original Title: Occident
Director: Cristian Mungiu
Script: Cristian Mungiu
Country: Romania
Year: 2002
Format: 35 mm
Length: 105 min
Language: Romanian
Subtitles: Catalan
Edition: 2013