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by Peter Knegt
May 13, 2009 5:05 AM
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IFC To Tell Mungiu's "Tales"

IFC Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to "Tales From The Golden Age" in advance of its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this week in the Un Certain Regard section. The deal reunites the company with Cristian Mungiu, the Palme d'Or winning director of "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," which the company distributed last year.

"I am very glad that IFC Films decided to stay close to me and continue the difficult work of presenting Romanian films in US," Mingiu said in a statement. "'Tales from the Golden Age' will give us the possibility to show the American audience that we can also make comedies. Working with IFC feels like re-visiting old friends."

"Tales From The Golden Age" is a collection of Romanian urban legends from the communist era, written by Mungiu and collectively directed by Ioana Uricaru, Hanno Hoefer, Razvan Marculescu, Constantin Popescu and Mungiu himself. IFC will release the film in 2010.

"We are absolutely thrilled to be back in business with Cristian Mungiu and Wild Bunch," Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment said in a statement. "He's one of the world's most distinct voices and he's made an incredibly entertaining film with the help of some wonderful new talents. Though quite different in tone, we think this is going to be a great follow-up to our success with '4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.'"

The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco from IFC Films with Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch.

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