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Posted on Friday, July 29th, 2011 by Lauren

Official Selection: Cannes Film Festival,

Toronto International Film Festival

Darkly Comic Collection from the Director of 
4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days and Up-and-Coming Filmmakers 
Satirizes the Surreal End of Communist Romania;
Exclusive Engagement Opens Friday, Aug. 26 at IFC Center

TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE, a satirical look at the dark days of Communist Romania from Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days) and other filmmakers of the acclaimed Romanian new wave, opens for an exclusive engagement at IFC Center Friday, August 26.

TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE combines several true stories into a portrait of an era during which food was more important than money, freedom more important than love and survival more important than principles. The final 15 years of the notorious Ceauşescu regime were the worst in Romania’s history. Nonetheless, the propaganda machine of that time insisted upon referring to the period as “The Golden Age.” TALES brings to the screen some of the most popular and persistent urban legends of the period—comic, bizarre, surprising myths that drew on the often surreal events of everyday life under the communist regime. Humor is what kept Romanians alive, and TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE re-captures that mood, portraying the survival of a nation living under the twisted logic of a dictatorship.

“TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE offers an unconventional subjective history, told through Romania’s urban myths from the perspective of ordinary people,” says Mr. Mungiu. “Romanians consider urban legends to be true stories that were passed from mouth to mouth. They were the main topic of gossip and debate in the long queues for food in the Communist era. The film re-creates the times of our youth during the eighties, through music, language, objects and stereotypes of that age.”

TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE is composed of six episodes, directed by various filmmakers, that are connected by mood, narrative pattern and period detail. “I decided to open up the project to different Romanian directors, enlisting filmmakers old enough to remember the period,” Mr. Mungiu explains. “I chose the stories, wrote the screenplays, and got involved in the casting and editing to ensure that ultimately it’s one film, but each director was free to use his own cinematic language.”


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