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Graduation (2016)

Bacalaureat (2016)

128 min. - Drama - AP12 - 20.05.2016

Synopsis: A physician living in a small town must decide what the best way for his daughter to follow in the context of the present Romanian society is. 

Director: Cristian Mungiu

Writer: Cristian Mungiu

Stars: Adrian Titieni, Maria Drăguş, Lia Bugnar, Vlad Ivanov,

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Adrian Titieni Dr. Romeo Aldea
Maria Drăguș Eliza Aldea, Romeo's Daughter
Lia Bugnar Magda Aldea, Romeo's Wife
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Produced By

Mobra Film
Co-producers: Why Not Productions, Les Films du Fleuve, France 3 Cinéma.
with the support of: the Romanian National Center for Cinematography, Eurimages
with the contribution of: Canal+, France Télévisions, Ciné+, Wild Bunch,
                                     Orange România, Catena, Carlsberg, Groupama Asigurări

Production info

Co-production Romania-France-Belgium
Winner of the 2014 CNC projects contest (second session) with the title "Family Photos", receiving a grant of 1,910,000 lei.
The shootings took place in June-July 2015, in the town of Victoria.


Voodoo Films

Festivals, Awards

  1. 2016 - Cannes - Best Director
    2016 - Palić - Best Director
    2016 - Chicago - Silver Plaque for the Screenplay and Silver Hugo - Best Actor (Adrian Titieni)


Eliza, an imminent student, is just about to graduate high school; she is supposed to do that with top grades in order to become the beneficiary of a scholarship in England. Her father, doctor Aldea, wouldn`t  accept the thought that she might miss this opportunity. One day the girl is assaulted in an attack by a sexual maniac – and that episode threatens to compromise this plan since it left Eliza psychically traumatized and with her right arm in a plaster cast. The doctor`s life, already in a marital crisis, gets complicated with every day that goes by. With great difficulty, he makes sure that his system of connections will ensure the girl`s grades: his friend, the policeman knows an influential person, a former director of customs, who, at his turn, knows the exam committee president who must help him because once he had helped him. At the same time, the doctor starts an investigation, on his own, in order to find the aggressor; he discovers that Eliza`s boyfriend is no stranger to that episode. It appears that his family know all about his supposedly secret extra-marital affair with one of Eliza`s teachers. The imminent leaving home, the death of the influent person and the arrival of the prosecution top the drama.


  • Working titles: "Family Photos", "Recycling Feelings"


“Sieranevada”, “Baccalaureate” and “Dogs” at Cannes 2016  
“Graduation” – Romanian premiere simultaneously with the Cannes premiere
The Hollywood Reporter: “Graduation”, a clinical look at life in modern Romania
Run, Doctor, Run: “Graduation” - film review  - Magda Mihăilescu
Interview of the week with Cristian Mungiu  - Cristina Corciovescu
Cannes 2016: Cristian Mungiu, Best Director Award for “Graduation”
Observator: “Bacalaureat” - cronică de film  - Cristina Zaharia
Anatomia compromisului - cronică de film  - Dana Duma
“Graduation”, screeningon the occasion of the Independence Day of Republic of Moldova
Cristian Mungiu – Best Director Award in Palić 
„Bacalaureat” a avut premiera în Polonia
Adrian Titieni despre ”Bacalaureat”  - Dana Medar
„Toni Erdmann” și „Bacalaureat”, nominalizate la premiile Academiei Europene de Film
“Scarred Hearts”, “Sieranevada” and “Graduation” at VIENNALE 2016
Gaudeamus 2016: launch of the “Graduation” DVD and book,by Cristian Mungiu  - Dana Medar
The 6th Edition of the Caravan “Romanian Film Days” is starting
“Graduation”, released in the Czech Republic movie theatres
Actorii selectați în programul “10 pentru FILM”
13 filme românești, într-o secțiune specială dedicată României, la Festivalul de Film Opolskie Lamy
Masterclass Naomi Kawase și Industry Events în cadrul Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest
Films directed by Cristian Mungiu and Corneliu Porumboiu at the Arava International Film Festival

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