Taglines: How far would you go for a friend?
In 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, college roommates Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) and Gabita (Laura Vasiliu) are busy preparing for a night away. But rather than planning for a holiday, they are making arrangements for Gabita’s illegal abortion and unwittingly find themselves burrowing deep down a rabbit hole of stark realities and ugly truths.
Transpiring over the course of a single day, Mungiu’s film is an immersive masterwork of naturalism, by turns poignant, shocking and darkly comedic. The latest in a recent Romanian renaissance (12:08 East of Bucharest), it features virtuosic camerawork by Oleg Mutu (Lazarescu) and a riveting performance by Anamaria Marinca.
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is Cristian Mungiu’s staggering story of friendship and sacrifice during the last days of Romanian communism. This stunning film, which won the 2007 Cannes Palme d’Or and the Fipresci Prize for Film of the Year, was also featured at the Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals and will screen at AFI Fest in Los Angeles in November. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is the Romanian Oscar selection and will open in late January 2008.
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Romanian: 4 luni, 3 săptămâni și 2 zile) is a 2007 Romanian art film with drama and thriller elements,[n 1] written and directed by Cristian Mungiu and starring Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu and Vlad Ivanov. It won three awards at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, including the Palme d’Or.
The film is set in Communist Romania in the final years of the Nicolae Ceaușescu era. It tells the story of two students, roommates in a university dormitory, who try to procure an illegal abortion. Inspired by an anecdote from the period and the general social historic context, it depicts the loyalty of the two friends and the struggles they face. Mungiu and cinematographer Oleg Mutu shot it in Bucharest and other Romanian locations in 2006.
4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (2008)
Directed by: Cristian Mungiu
Starring: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean, Luminita Gheorghiu, Adi Carauleanu, Liliana Mocanu, Cerasela Iosifescu, Tania Popa, Cristina Burbuz
Screenplay by: Cristian Mungiu
Production Design by: Mihaela Poenaru
Cinematography by: Oleg Mutu
Film Editing by: Dana Bunescu
Costume Design by: Dana Istrate
Makeup Department: Ioana Angelescu, Lidia Ivanov
Distributed by: IFC Films
Release Date: January 25, 2008