IFC Films buys Cristian Mungius’ RMN ahead of Cannes debut

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

It’s a big reunion for the indie studio and director that marks their fifth distribution collaboration. IFC Films will release RMN in theaters in 2022. It was perhaps a smart pre-emption purchase. The director’s films are usually received in the south of France with awards. Mungiu previously won the Palme d’Or in 2007 for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, a drama about abortion set in Romania in the final days of Nicolae Ceauşescu’s era.

Here is RMN’s official description: “A few days before Christmas after quitting his job in Germany, Matthias (Marin Grigore) returns to his multi-ethnic Transylvanian village. He wants to get more involved in raising his son Rudi, who has been left in the care of his mother Ana for too long, and free the boy from the unresolved fears that gripped him. He is busy with his elderly father Otto and is also looking forward to seeing his ex-lover Csilla (Judith State). When a few new workers are hired at the small factory Csilla runs, the peace of the community is disturbed, underlying fears grip the adults and frustrations, conflicts and passions break through the thin facade of seeming understanding and calm.”

RMN is produced by Cristian Mungiu with Mobra Films and Executive Produced by Tudor Reu. Co-producers include Why Not Productions’ Pascal Caucheteux and Gregoire Sorlat, Filmgate Films’ Sean Wheelan, Film I Väst’s Anthony Muir and Kristina Börjeson, and Les Films Du Fleuve’s Delphine Tomson.

Mungius first feature film “Occident” premiered in 2002 in Quinzaine Réalisateurs. He also returned to Cannes in 2009 as a writer, producer and co-director on the anthology collective Tales From the Golden Age. His next feature, Beyond the Hills, won Best Screenplay and Best Actress at the 2012 edition and was later nominated for Best International Feature at that year’s Academy Awards. He also attended Cannes in 2016 with Graduation, which won Best Director.

“This Cannes marks the 15th anniversary of IFC Films’ first collaboration with Cristian following the Palme D’or award-winning premiere of ‘4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,'” said Arianna Bocco, President of IFC Films . “He is one of the finest directors working in cinema today and his incredible work has made a lasting impression on the global stage. We are so honored that he has made IFC Films his home again. We were absolutely blown away by RMN and are excited to be working with Cristian to bring the film to North American audiences.”

Commenting on the acquisition, Mungiu said: “I am delighted to be back in Cannes 15 years after ‘4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days’ and to be part of the official selection. It means all the more that I can continue to work with the people who have stood by me over the years in my attempt to reach as many people as possible and in as many theaters as possible with my films. I hope they will help me communicate that again through a story that takes place in a tiny place, today I’m trying to talk about us. I think it’s also good to examine where the limits of our freedom as filmmakers are today in a world where political correctness began to set limits on what is appropriate to say – and what is not. I feel I owe an explanation: RMN in English is NMR: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance – basically a brain scan. Given how the world is today, I believe we need one.”

The deal was negotiated by Scott Shooman, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Productions, for IFC Films, with Eva Diederix on behalf of Wild Bunch and CAA Media Finance. Wild Bunch takes care of international sales.

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