Friday, May 15, 2009

Romanian "Tales" inks U.S. deal

CANNES (Hollywood Reporter) - Independent distributor IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to the Romanian feature "Tales From the Golden Age," a collection of shorts set in the country's Communist period.

"4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" writer-director Cristian Mungiu penned all the shorts. He and fellow Romanian helmers Ioana Uricaru, Hanno Hofer, Razvan Marculescu and Constantin Popescu each took a turn directing one.

The compilation film, which premiered Tuesday at the Cannes Film Festival, examines urban legends in the former Soviet Bloc nation, examining life in those dark days through the experiences of ordinary people. The stories are not related but are united "by mood, narrative pattern and the details of the historical period," IFC said.

At Cannes two years ago, IFC bought Mungiu's "4 Months," a hard-bitten tale of a young girl's abortion in Ceausescu's Romania; the film took the Palme d'Or and became a critics' darling when it was released later in the year.

IFC will release "Tales" in 2010, the company said.

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