A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.
A Screenplay prize winner for Beyond the Hills in Cannes in 2012, Cristian Mungiu had a few years prior taken the Palme d’Or for his brilliantly bleak but somehow enlightening 4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days). His screenwriting and directorial execution here is not afraid to be ruthless and authentically awkward as his characters (in particular Otilia played by the exceptional Anamaria Marinca) have to passively engage in extremely sensitive circumstances as well as blunt, discrete conversations. The plot focusing around an illegal abortion performed in a hotel room, and the rich, fine-tuned dialogue that carries it, is all handled with as much genuine recklessness as one would expect given the situations. Yet somehow there is a raw, down-to-earth nature to the whole affair, making it believable in it’s most nerve-cringing moments. Unsettling as it is magnetic, it’s an astonishing film achievement, worth every ounce of its weight in gold, and not a drop of cinema is wasted.