Tales from the Golden Age Post-screening Party

29th October 2009

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Scanteia COMRADES, BEWARE! RENEGADE FILM-MAKERS URICARU AND HOFER ARE IN LONDON! Ioana Uricaru + Hanno Hofer Catch them at the post-screening party on Thursday 29 October 2009, at 20.30, at the Ratiu Foundation, Manchester Square, 18 Fitzhardinge Street, London W1H 6EQ; Tel. 020 7486 0295 (int. 108). There will be snacks, drinks, and answers to your questions. comrades, you have the right to have fun and find out everything about ‘Tales from the Golden Age’ COMRADES, BE OUR GUESTS! THIS IS HOW TO DO IT: The Party is open to all ticket-holders who attended the special screening of ‘Tales from the Golden Age’, on the evening of Thursday 29 October 2009, at 18.00, at the Renoir Cinema (The Brunswick, London WC1N 1AW; Tube: Russell Square). The film is followed by a Q&A with Ioana Uricaru and Hanno Hofer, two of the film’s directors. Make sure you attend the most important Romanian cinema event of Autumn 2009. Book your tickets from www.curzoncinemas.com or Box Office 0871 7033 991. After the film at Renoir, come as quick as possible to Manchester Square for the reception (you don’t want the special reserve chilled wine to get warm). Please note that entrance to the party is possible on the basis of your cinema ticket ONLY. Please keep the ticket stub and present it on the door. FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT THE FILM: THERE’S ALWAYS THE SYNOPSIS From the creators of the Cannes 2007 Palme d’Or winner ‘4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days’ comes

Tales from the Golden Age

Romania / 2009 / 131 mins / Romanian with English subtitles Directed by: Cristian Mungiu (Palme d’Or, Cannes 2007), Ioana Uricaru, Hanno Höfer, Constantin Popescu The final 15 years of the Ceausescu regime were the worst in Romania’s history. Nonetheless, the propaganda machine of that time referred without fail to that period as “the golden age”… ‘Tales from the Golden Age’ adapts for screen the most popular urban myths of the period. Comic, bizarre, surprising myths abounded, myths that drew on the often surreal events of everyday life under the communist regime. For more information on www.talesfromthegoldenage.co.uk. To see the film’s trailer, please click here.


Two young communists have presented a record number of bottles and jars to a glass recycling point. The surprised recycling officer counted no less that 500 items, for which the responsible young people have been rewarded with a hefty sum. They promised that the money will be spent in organising weekends of patriotic work for their colleagues, and donate further profits to their school’s bursary. Well done, young comrades! A chicken farm, which is noted for its over-production of eggs and for always surpassing their state-appointed quota, has recently allocated a bonus of one carton of eggs per employee. Over-achiever driver Comrade Grigore P. is took his fair share, as well as that of his cousin, who didn’t feel well that day. Congratulations, comrade, enjoy the fruits of your labour! Comrade Nicolae Ceausescu is on a work visit to the Ilfov Agricultural Sector of Bucharest. While travelling, Comrade Secretary General of the Romanian Communist Party, hero among the heroes of our land, was received with joy and displays of local produce in all villages along his route. Here, the local mayor makes the final adjustments to an otherwise excellent showcase of industriousness and love for the motherland. He set an example for us all! A not so very good piece of news comes from our capital: greedy policeman Alexa I., whose name will be kept secret, has received from his countryside-living brother a live pig. It is illegal to keep pigs in a block of flats, and this has been reported to the appropriate State organisations. Shame on you, comrades, for not refusing this shameful gift.


A very funny story which we cannot put in print, given that it is connected to Comrade Ceausescu and his hat. We hope you have enough imagination to fill in the blanks. Shamelessly funny comedy ‘Tales from the Golden Age’ is released in cinemas nationwide by Trinity, on 30 October 2009. Cinema details on www.talesfromthegoldenage.co.uk. The UK Premiere of ‘Tales from the Golden Age’ is organised by comrades film distributors Trinity and the work-collective of the Ratiu Foundation, with the support of the comrades culture makers from the Romanian Cultural Centre in London.