Romeo Aldea (49), a physician living in a small mountain town in Transylvania, has raised his daughter Eliza with the idea that once she turns 18, she will leave to study and live abroad. His plan is close to succeeding – Eliza has got a scholarship to study psychology in UK. She just has to pass her final exams – a formality for such a good student. On the day prior to her first written exam, an incident jeopardises Eliza's departure. Now Romeo has to make a decision. There are ways of solving the problem, but none of them follow the principles he, as a father, has taught his daughter.
Original Title: Bacalaureat
Country: Romania, France, Belgium
Duration: 128 min.
Directed by: Cristian Mungiu
Written by: Cristian Mungiu
Produced by: Cristian Mungiu
Director of Photography: Tudor Vladimir Panduru
Main Cast: Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Lia Bugnar
Cristian Mungiu is a Romanian writer/director born in Iași, Romania in 1968. Before studying film, he worked as a teacher and journalist for the press, radio and TV. His debut film, WEST, premiered at the 'Quinzaine des Réalisateurs' in Cannes in 2002 and was an audience hit in Romania.
In 2007, his second feature, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, was awarded the Palme d'Or in Cannes. The film later received several awards as best film of the year from various international associations of film critics. It also won the EFA'S Awards for European Film and Director. He returned to Cannes in 2009 as a writer/producer/co-director with the collective episodic film TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE and as a writer/director in 2012 with BEYOND THE HILLS – awarded for both Best Screenplay and Best Actresses.