Directors: Ioana Uricaru, Hanno Höffer, Răzvan Mărculescu, Constantin Popescu, Cristian Mungiu
Original Title: Amintiri din epoca de aur
Writer: Cristian Mungiu
The six films within the Film and their main cast:
The Legend Of The Official Visit
Main Cast: Alexandru Potocean. Teo Corban, Emanuel Pirvu
The Legend Of The Party Photographer
Main Cast: Avram Birău, Paul Dunca, Viorel Comănici
The Legend Of The Zealous Activist
Main Cast: Călin Chirilă, Romeo Tudor
The Legend Of The Chicken Driver
Main Cast: Vlad Ivanov, Tania Popa, Liliana Mocanu
The Legend Of The Greedy Policeman
Main Cast: Ion Sapdaru, Virginia Mirea, Gabriel Spahiu
The Legend Of The Air Sellers
Main Cast: Diana Cavallioti, Radu Iacoban
Actor Vlad Ivanov (also of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) will attend the festival
Tales From the Golden Age – from the creators of 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 DaysThe final 15 years of the Ceausescu regime were the worst in Romania’s history. Nonetheless, the propaganda machine of that time referred without fail to that period as “the golden age“… Tales from the Golden Age adapts for screen the most popular urban myths of the period. Comic, bizarre, surprising myths abounded, 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 having to face every day the twisted logic of a dictatorship. On the occasion of Ceausescu’s working visits, countryside mayors ended up hanging fruit in trees to make sure their villages would be noticed, obeying even the strangest orders from the ferocious Party activists. Communist Party secret regulations stated that in official pictures President Ceausescu couldn’t take his hat off in front of the representatives of the rotten capitalistic world, President d’Estaing included. A professional driver decides to open his sealed truck for the first time in his career and discovers the connection between eggs, Easter and marital love. A policeman gets a live pig as a gift before Christmas and decides that gas poisoning would be the best way to kill the animal silently amongst his hungry neighbors. In 80s Romania, Bughi and Crina play Bonnie and Clyde, robbing people of bottled air.
Tales From The Golden Age combines several true stories to portray an era during which food was more important than money, freedom more important than love and survival more important than principles.
Tales From The Golden Age Dir. Various
- 155 mins
13:15 Sat 24 Nov 2012 Watergate Theatre €8/€7 Buy Now
The Bottom Line:
A delightful collection of six short films, which – taken as a whole – provide a funny and culturally revealing take on popular myths from the Communist era. Written by Romanian star auteur, Cristian Mungiu.