Romania/France/Belgium 2016, 128 minutes (dir. Cristian Mungiu) starring Adrian Titieni, Lia Bugnar and Maria Dragus.
Graduation is a perceptive feature film which explores corruption in post-communist Romania and its corrosive effect, even on people who are fundamentally decent. The film introduces us to Romeo, a middle-aged doctor living with his estranged wife Magda and their 18-year-old daughter Eliza. Romeo is obsessed with making sure that Eliza leaves school with top grades so that she can take up a scholarship to Cambridge with the possibility of making a life for herself abroad. If this were not enough, Romeo is also having an affair with Sandra, who teaches in Eliza’s school. The pressure intensifies when Eliza is attacked on her way to school by an unknown assailant and left with a damaged right arm. Is she going to be able to write the vital exam papers? Frantic with anxiety about his daughter’s future, Romeo ignores his wife’s protests and makes a corrupt deal with the local powers-that-be which will ensure his daughter’s success. The film’s director then skilfully explores the psychological and political ramifications of this unholy alliance. Graduation won the Cannes Film Festival 2016 award for Best Director, shared with Olivier Assayas for his film Personal Shopper.
Doors open at 7.30pm. Free drinks available. Film starts at 8pm.
The Highgate Film Society operates on a membership subscription basis and membership is open to all: you do not have to be a member of the HLSI in order to join.
Subscription films are shown in the Victoria Hall. Except where otherwise stated, doors open at 7.30pm and films start at 8pm. Complimentary wine and juice are available before every performance and, for longer films, during an interval.
The subscription films in our 2019/20 season are listed below. The first film is free. Non-HFS members are also very welcome to attend any non-subscription events taking place during the season.
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