Tales from the Golden Age (Amintiri din epoca de aur) (12A)

A portmanteau film chronicling the absurdity of Romanian life during its communist past, by the rising star of European cinema, Cristian Mungiu

30 October 2009 - 5 November 2009
Frobisher Auditorium 2

Standard - £7.50 online (£9.50 full price) / Barbican Members - £6.50 online (£7.50 full price) / Concessions £7.50 / Under 15 £4.50 / £5.50 all screenings on Mondays

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Tales From the Golden Age focuses on daily life under the Ceausescu dictatorship, to satirical and often hilarious effect. Written by Palme d’Or winner and rising star of European cinema Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days), and directed by Mungiu and four up-and-coming Romanian filmmakers, the portmanteau of stories depict the most popular urban myths of the period.

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At once comic, bizarre, poignant and surprising, the five tales offer a surreal portrait of life in communist Romania in the 1980s where undertones of fear, corruption and imprisonment were never far away from the humour and spirit which kept people alive. Tales From the Golden Age recaptures the mood of a nation fighting for its voice, in an era during which food was more important than money, freedom more important than love and survival more important than principles.

Romania/France 2009 Dirs. Hanno Höfer, Razvan Marculescu, Cristian Mungiu, Constantin Popescu, Ioana Uricaru 131 min.
In Romanian with English subtitles

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