The CNC holds two sessions a year, in March and September, to
select projects for public funding. However, this year's March session was
delayed until August because of changes to the selection criteria that were
sought by young directors who challenged what they described as the CNC’s bias
toward the old guard of moviemakers.
In the 2006 competition, only one film was finished: Cristian
Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which won this year's Palme
d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and stirred worldwide debate about the
abortion issue as well as an official protest from the Vatican. “We hope the other movies,
which are now in various stages of production, will score as high as Mungiu's
did,” said Eugen Serbanescu, executive director of CNC (www.cncinema.ro).
One of the jury members, Dan Mihailescu, had a different
view of this year’s projects, which were judged in August and made public at a
news conference on Monday.
“Mungiu's win at Cannes
took a toll of our patience, since the great majority of the proposals were
dealing now with grizzly subjects, unearthing the scum and the scour of society,”
Mihailescu said. “That's good when taken in small doses, and totally
Many of the titles awarded partial funding deal with the
communist period, to the chagrin of actor Vlad Radescu, also a member of the
jury, who said he pleaded unsuccessfully for funding a few comedies.
But jury member and film critic Magda Mihailescu [not
related to Dan] said the large choice of movies about the recent communist part
is consistent with the need to redefine Romania as a nation, a task being
undertaken mainly by younger directors. “The strongest, the most daring
proposals were filed by those competing in the ‘new talents in feature films’
section,” she said.
The documentary section saw two directors living outside Romania getting
the first and second position, which is “a sign that project proposals are not
something local authors know how to master,” said Adina Bradeanu, member of the
documentary and animation jury.