IFC Films buys Cristian Mungiu’s ‘RMN’ ahead of Cannes debut

IFC Films has acquired the North American rights to the new film “RMN” by acclaimed writer, director and producer Christian Mungiu, ahead of its world premiere in Cannes this week.

It’s a big reunion for the independent studio and director, marking their fifth distribution collaboration. IFC Films will release RMN theatrically in 2022. It was probably a wise pre-emptive purchase. The director’s films tend to get an award-winning reception in the south of France. Mungiu previously won the Palme d’Or in 2007 for “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” an abortion drama set in the waning days of Nicolae Ceauتشيescu’s Romanian era.

Here is the official description of “RMN”: “A few days before Christmas, after Matthias (Marin Gregor) quit his job in Germany, he returns to his multi-ethnic village in Transylvania. He wishes to involve himself more in the education of his son, Rudy, who has left for a while Long in the care of his mother, Anna, and ridding the boy of the unresolved fears that have gripped him.He is preoccupied with his old father Otto and is also anxious to see his former lover Cecila (Judith State).When a few new workers are hired at the small factory he runs. Csilla, the peace of society is disturbed, latent fears take hold of adults, and frustrations, struggles, and emotions erupt through the thin shell of clear understanding and calm.”

“RMN” is produced by Mungiu with Mobra Films and executive produced by Tudor Reu. Co-producers include Pascal Cocheteau and Grégoire Surlat of Why Not Productions, Sean Whelan of Filmgate Films, Anthony Muir and Christina Burgesson of Film I Väst, and Delphine Thompson of Les Films Du Fleuve.

Mungiu’s debut film “Occident” premiered at Quinzaine Réalisateurs in 2002. He also returned to Cannes in 2009 as writer, producer and co-director of the collective film “Tales From the Golden Age”. His next film “Beyond the Hills” won Best Screenplay and Best Actress in the 2012 edition, and was later nominated for Best International Film at that year’s Academy Awards. He was also present at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival with the award-winning film “The Graduation”.

“This Cannes Film Festival marks the 15th anniversary when IFC Films first began working with Christian after the premiere of the award-winning film The Palme d’Or for 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days,” said Ariana Bocco, President of IFC Films. “He is one of the finest directors working in cinema today and his brilliant work has made a lasting impression on the world stage. We are extremely honored that he has made IFC Films his home once again. RMN has impressed us and we are thrilled to be working with Christian to bring the film to North American audiences.”

About the acquisition, Mungiu said: “I am very happy after 15 years after 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, I am back in Cannes and part of the official selection. It means more than that that I am able to continue working with the people who have stood by me all along. These years, trying to get my films to reach as many people as possible, in as many theaters as possible. I hope they help me communicate that again with a story set in a very small place, I’m trying to talk about us, today. I think it’s good Also checking the limits of our freedom as filmmakers today in a world where political correctness has begun to set limits on what is appropriate to say – and what is not. I feel I owe one explanation: “RMN” in English is NMR: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance – essentially an investigation of the brain. Given To what the world looks like today, I feel like we need one.”

The deal was negotiated by Scott Schumann, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Production, IFC Films, with Eva Diederix on behalf of Wild Bunch and CAA Media Finance. Wild Bunch deals with international sales.

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