Romania, 1987, the brutal Ceausescu communist regime is in place; birth control is illegal and abortion is a crime punishable by death. Gabita (Laura Vasliu) is almost five months into an unwanted pregnancy and in meek desperation turns to her friend and
roommate, Otilia (Anamaria Marinca) for help in organizing an illegal termination. Unfortunate circumstances force the two women to use a male abortionist, Bebe (Vlad Ivanor), who, in addition to an absurd amount of money, also demands sex with both women as payment. The bleakness of the storyline expresses a dark socio-political critique in the twilight years of a repressive dictatorship. The film won the grand prize at the Cannes Film Festival and will be screened on a 35mm print.
4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, AND 2 DAYS will be screened with the documentary ROSITA by Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater followed by discussion. ROSITA traces a young girl’s journey from innocent victim to unwitting victor. When a nine-year-old Nicaraguan girl becomes pregnant as a result of a rape, her parents - illiterate campesinos working in Costa Rica - seek a legal “therapeutic” abortion to save their only child’s life.
Their quest pits them against the governments of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, the medical establishment, and the Catholic Church. When their story gains international media attentions, the repercussions ripple across Latin America and Europe.
Directed by Cristian Mungiu.
Romania. 113minutes. 35mm Film.. Romanian with English Subtitles.
Directed by Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater.
USA. 57minutes. Digital Projection. English and Spanish with English Subtitles.