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SFS Talkies: 4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days

What Romania, during the final days of Communism. Otilia and Gabita are students who share a room in a residence hall in Bucharest. Gabita is pregnant. The girls arrange to meet a certain Mr. Bebe in a cheap hotel. He will perform Gabita’s illegal abortion. But Mr. Bebe refuses their money and demands to be paid in kind. What follows is a gripping, heart-stopping drama about friendship, sacrifice and desperation. Winner of the Palm D’OR at the Cannes Film Festival.
When 20 June 2009 (Saturday), 1 pm
Where The Picturehouse
5th Floor The Cathay
2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233
(Near Dhoby Ghaut MRT station)
Admission

Free admission but members only -- flash your membership card to go in. You may bring up to 2 guests if you hold a SFS Reel membership card. Non-members may sign up online or at the door -- we will issue membership on the spot. No tickets will be sold. Free seating.

 

4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days

Director: Cristian Mungiu

2007 | Romania | 113 min | M18

In Romanian with English subtitles

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Romania, during the final days of Communism. Otilia and Gabita are students who share a room in a residence hall in Bucharest. Gabita is pregnant. The girls arrange to meet a certain Mr. Bebe in a cheap hotel. He will perform Gabita’s illegal abortion. But Mr. Bebe refuses their money and demands to be paid in kind. What follows is a gripping, heart-stopping drama about friendship, sacrifice and desperation.  

 

Trailer: http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/4months3weeks2days/


4 months 3 weeks 2 days is the first film of a series called: Tales from the Golden Age - a subjective history of communism in Romania told through its urban legends. The project's aim is to talk about that period with no direct reference to communism but only through different stories focused on personal options in a time of misfortunes that people had to live like normal times. Mungiu's goal is to visualize the overwhelming weight of the soul-destroying compromises of life during the Ceausescu years through clear-eyed, deeply humane stories. Each scene in the film is shot in one take, the camera either remaining steady as characters pass in and out of the frame, or trailing them as they walk. The observational camera in its muted cement tones captures the crushing ugliness of life in the Eastern bloc.

 

 

Awards

-         Winner of Golden Palm and FIPRESCI Prize at 2007 Cannes Film Festival

-         Best Foreign Language Film at the Chicago, Los Angeles, National Society and Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

-         Best Foreign Language Film at the New York and Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards

-         Best Director and Best Film at 2007 European Film Awards

-         Best European Film at 2009 Goya Awards

-         FIPRESCI Film of the Year at the Palm Springs and San Sebastian International Film Festival

-         Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at 2008 Golden Globe Awards