A few days before Christmas, having quit his job in Germany, Matthias returns to his multi-ethnic Transylvanian village. He wishes to involve himself more in the education of his son, Rudi, left for too long in the care of his mother, Ana, and to rid the boy of the unresolved fears that have taken hold of him. He’s preoccupied  with his old father, Otto and also eager to see his ex-lover, Csilla. When a few new workers are hired at the small factory that Csilla manages, the peace of the community is disturbed, underlying fears grip the adults, and frustrations, conflicts and passions erupt through the thin  veneer of apparent understanding and calm.

A non-judgemental analysis of the driving forces of human behaviour when confronted with the unknown, of the way we perceive the other and on how we relate to an unsettling future.

written and directed by cristian mungiu

cinematography tudor vladimir panduru
production design simona pădurețu
image editing mircea olteanu
sound editing marius leftărache
sound recording constantin fleancu
sound mixing olivier dô hùu


matthias – marin grigore
cilla – judith state
ana – macrina bârlădeanu
dna dénes – orsolya moldovan

produced by mobra film

coproduced by:
why not production (FR)
les films du fleuve (BE)
filmgate films (SWE)
france 3 cinéma (FR)

with the support of
the romanian national film center

with the participation of
canal +
france télévisions
ciné +

international sales agent:
wild bunch international

cristian mungiu

executive producer: 
tudor reu 

pascal caucheteux and grégoire sorlat
vincent maraval
delphine tomson
jean labadie
sean wheelan
anthony muir
kristina borjeson