BETWEEN EASTERN ROOTS AND WESTERN WINGS: (RE) MAPPING THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS IN CRISTIAN MUNGIU’S MOVIE OCCIDENT

Author(s): JULIE PAULESC
julieta.paulesc@asu.edu
Arizona State University
Journal: Proceedings of the 1st IISHSS International Conference on the Economics and Psychosociology of Intercultural Relations in the Contemporary Mediascape
Volume: 1
Year: 2011
Full text: http://www.contemporaryscienceassociation.net
Publisher: Addleton Academic Publishers, New York

Abstract.

Cristian Mungiu’s Occident is a movie about the new, dynamic, perpetually transforming and consumption-oriented Romanian society, where the protagonists explore ways to fulfill their dreams in a country where the disappearance of oppression and political persecutions does not necessarily allow for one’s pursuit of happiness. Selected for Cannes 2002 (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs), and recipient of several other international awards, Occident also represents a stepping stone in Mungiu’s extraordinary career, to be followed by 4 luni, 3 săptămâni, 2 zile [4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days], the winner of the Palm D’Or in 2008, and a first installment in a proposed trilogy entitled Amintiri din Epoca de Aur [Tales From The Golden Age]. pp. 30–39

Keywords: movie Occident, communism, East/West Side Story

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