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Occident (2002)

Occident (2002)

100 min. - Comedy - AG - 27.09.2002

Synopsis: When the amicable Luci (Alexandru Papadopol) and his beautiful lover Sorina (Anca Androne) are evicted from their apartment, Sorina decides they must visit her father's grave and ask for a "sign". Seconds later, Luci is hit in the head by a bottle and taken to the hospital by a Frenchman. Despite her love for Luci, Sorina believes a life with security takes precedence over romance, and moves in with the good samaritan.

Director: Cristian Mungiu

Writer: Cristian Mungiu

Stars: Alexandru Papadopol, Anca Androne, Tania Popa, Dorel Vişan

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Alexandru Papadopol Luci
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Tania Popa Mihaela
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Produced By

Temple Film
With the support of CNC (National Film Center)
The Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival Rotterdam
BV McCann Advertising Romania

Production info

Regular screen width, Kodak 35 mm colour, 2902 m.


New Films International

Festivals, Awards

  1. 2002 - TIFF - Best Feature
    2002 - UCIN - Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor in a Leading Role, (Alexandru Papadopol), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Coca Bloos)
    2002 - Montpellier - "Nova" Award
    2002 - Leeds - Best First Feature
    2003 - Rennes - Special Prize of the Jury
    2003 - Annonay - Grand Prix
    2003 - Mons - Grand Prix and "Titra" Award
    2004 - Sofia - FIPRESCI Prize and Best Screenplay


Critic’s Opinion
"Romanians have always wanted to go to the West. This was the case during Ceauşescu’s regime and this is also the case today for reasons we all know. Cristian Mungiu craftily presents the two temporal layers, without the use of tacky flashbacks as was customary in the Communist cinema, but, instead, by breaking the story into three chapters which contradict one another and which add information on the way. Occident takes place in a pitiful Romania, ridden however with gags typical to the times we live in and, as a critic once put it, paradoxically, wanderlust makes a great pair with staying put. And, since we’re talking about paradoxes, Occident is a film in which elder people, of whom we thought to be stuck on an idea, on the contrary, seem to adapt in more elastic way to progress: “Sweetie, good things have also been done, as well”, says Coca Bloos, obviously, in reference to McDonald's." (Mihai Chrilov, Re:Publik mai 2005)

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