Otilia and Găbița share the same room in a college hostel. They go to the same University in a Romanian town, during the last years of the communist regime. Găbița is pregnant, but abortion is illegal. Otilia rents a room in a cheap hotel. One afternoon, the two girls meet Mr. Bebe, who is going to take care of the problem." />
Aarc.ro - 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)
Revistă online editată de Uniunea Cineaștilor din România
Otilia and Găbița share the same room in a college hostel. They go to the same University in a Romanian town, during the last years of the communist regime. Găbița is pregnant, but abortion is illegal. Otilia rents a room in a cheap hotel. One afternoon, the two girls meet Mr. Bebe, who is going to take care of the problem.
Director: Cristian Mungiu
Writer: Cristian Mungiu
Stars: Laura Vasiliu, Anamaria Marinca, Vlad Ivanov
Saga Film Production
Made with the support of the Romanian National Cinematography Council (CNC)
2007 - Cannes - Palme D'Or and FIPRESCI Award
2007 - European Film Awards - Best European Film. Best director
2007 - TIFF - Best Romanian Movie and ”Young Hope” Award (Anamaria Marinca)
2007 - UCIN - The Grand Prize
2007 - San Sebastian - FIPRESCI Award
2008 - Gopo Awards - Best Film, Best director, Best actress in a leading role (Anamaria Marinca), Best actor in a supporting role (Vlad Ivanov), Best actress in a suppoting role (Laura Vasiliu), Best cinematography. Best sound. Best costume design
2008 - Sofia - Best Balkan Film Award
2009 - Premiile Goya - Best European Film
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is part of a larger project - Amintiri din epoca de aur (Memories from the Golden Era) – a subjective history of communism in Romania told through urban legends. The project aims at talking about the above-mentioned period without direct reference to communism, but through various stories focusing upon personal choices made in a time of unfortunate events, which people had to live as if they were normal.
Cristian Mungiu about the film:
„The educational side matters a great deal to me. It took me a long time to understand what I did not understand then: we used to help our friends to get rid of this problem without being caught, ignoring the moral side of such a thing. When I became a parent, I felt I had to talk about it in cinema language. (…) The ”comrades”, the ”activists”, and the ”Party” are absent from this film, because I tried to avoid the clichés about communism. It is not even a film about abortion. But it is, implicitly, a film about many other issues”
Actresses abou their characters: Laura Vasiliu: „My character has that particular dose of irresponsibility specific to her age, and that was the first big misfortune to happen to her. She used to rely on others' support. She is an extremely regular person. She is a victim of the society, not of what happened to her. I do not feel sorry for her”. Anamaria Marinca: „My character, Otilia, is part of a generation I admire with all my heart – young people who dreamed in 1989 that they ”will die and be set free””.