Graduation

  • Directed by Cristian Mungiu
  • Romania/France/Belgium, 2016, 128 mins., Romanian

Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days) won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for this keenly observed depiction of the insidious ramifications of corruption. A street assault has left Eliza somewhat shaken on the eve of finals that will pave her way to Cambridge University. Her father, anxious for her to escape their corruption-plagued country, becomes concerned that she might not perform well and, knowing a few of the right people, arranges that she will do well on the tests. Mungiu’s social thriller of moral dilemmas big and small resonates on societal and parental levels.

Sponsored by the Romanian American Society

Reviews: Variety, The Village Voice (second review), Sight & Sound, Screen Daily, The Playlist, Little White Lies, Brooklyn Magazine (second review), Slant Magazine, The A.V. Club (first review)

Filmography: Beyond the Hills (2012), Tales from the Golden Age (2009), 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)