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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #9. Cristian Mungiu’s Family Photos

Family Photos

Director: Cristian Mungiu
Writer: Cristian Mungiu

It’s already been four years since Romanian auteur’s last film, the superb Beyond the Hills in 2012—and that’s the only other feature he’s completed since winning his 2007 Palme d’Or for 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (though he did contribute to the 2009 omnibus Tales from the Golden Age). Filming wrapped in July for his latest film, Family Photos, a family drama about parenting set in a small Romanian town. Of note, it’s Mungiu’s first feature to revolve around a male protagonist.

Cast: Vlad Ivanov, Adrian Titieni, Lia Bugnar, Ioachim Ciobanu

Production Co./Producers: Mobra Films, Why Not Production, Wild Bunch, Les Films du Fleuve, France 3 Cinema, Mandragora

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Wild Bunch (domestic/international)

Release Date: Mungiu seems a sure bet for Cannes 2016 main competition.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, TIFF and AFI. His top 3 for 2016: Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade), Elle (Paul Verhoeven) and OJ: Made in America (Ezra Edelman).

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