Tales from the Golden Age
|Tales from the Golden Age|
US film poster
|Directed by||Hanno Höfer
|Produced by||Cristian Mungiu
|Written by||Cristian Mungiu|
|Music by||Hanno Höfer
|Edited by||Dana Bunescu
|Distributed by||Wild Bunch|
|Running time||138 minutes|
The film is composed of five whimsical yet blackly comic short stories, each one set in the late communist period in Romania and based on urban myths from the time, reflecting the perspective of ordinary people. The title of the film refers to the alleged "Golden Age" (by communist propaganda) of the last 15 years of Nicolae Ceaușescu's regime.
The Legend of the Official Visit
Local Party officials scurry into action when a motorcade of VIPs and foreign dignitaries promises to pass through the village. A government official arrives and attention is paid to the smallest detail, yet the people are let down when a phone call reveals the motorcade is no longer coming. Everyone is disconsolate and the worse for drink, the official orders everyone to ride together on the children's carousel, but as the mayor loses conscience, they realise that there is no-one around to switch the machine off and let them down. Legend tells that they were all still trapped there when the motorcade did after all pass through.
The Legend of the Party Photographer
- Avram Birau - The Photographer
- Paul Dunca - The Photographer's Assistant
- Viorel Comanici - The Party Secretary
Newspaper editors and Party officials fret over a photograph of Ceaușescu and the visiting Giscard d'Estaing to be published in tomorrow's paper. Much argument is had over how best to doctor the photograph to make Ceaușescu appear taller than d'Estaing, and whether he should be wearing a hat. A hat is duly provided for Ceaușescu in the photograph, but no-one notices until too late that he was already carrying one, leaving the image of him comically carrying one hat while wearing another.
The Legend of the Chicken Driver
A poultry truck driver, disillusioned with his loveless marriage, tries to win the heart of the manageress of a roadside inn. He brings her the eggs laid overnight by the chickens in his truck, but the two of them realise with Easter coming up, it would be more profitable to sell them on to the general public instead. Their scheme collapses when he is found out and jailed for embezzlement. He is eventually permitted a visitor to his prison, though it proves to be not the woman he sought, but his angry wife.
The Legend of the Greedy Policeman
A policeman is promised a pig by his brother, but when it is delivered, is found to still be alive. Uncertain how to slaughter a pig, and unwilling to share the pig with their neighbours, the family manage to gas it with butane in their apartment's kitchen. Believing the gas to have completely dissipated, they try to burn the hairs from its corpse with a blow lamp, but instead succeed in blowing up their apartment.
The Legend of the Air Sellers
Crina meets small-time con-artist Bughi, who ekes a living pretending to be a water inspector: calling door-to-door, he asks residents to provide a sample of their tap water in a bottle they supply, which he turns in for the deposit. She joins him on one of his trips, but persuades him that collecting multiple air samples will be faster. Their scheme unravels when they become overambitious and try to scam an entire apartment block out of its bottles.
- "Festival de Cannes: Tales from the Golden Age". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-05-13.