IFC picks up 'Tales From the Golden Age'

Palme d'Or winner Christian Mungiu wrote shorts collection

CANNES -- IFC is again heading to Romania, acquiring U.S. rights to "Tales From the Golden Age," a feature collection of shorts set in the country's Communist period.

"4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" writer-director Cristian Mungiu penned all the shorts while he, and fellow Romanian helmers Ioana Uricaru, Hanno Hofer, Razvan Marculescu and Constantin Popescu each took a turn directing one.

The pic, which premieres Tuesday in Un Certain Regard at the Festival de Cannes, examines urban legends in the former Eastern bloc nation, examining life in those dark days through the experiences of ordinary people. The stories are not related but are united "by mood, narrative pattern and the details of the historical period," IFC said.

At Cannes two years ago, IFC bought Mungiu's "4 Months," a hard-bitten tale of a young girl's attempted abortion in Ceausescu's Romania; the film took the Palme d'Or and became a critics' darling when it was released later in the year.

IFC will release "Tales" in 2010, the company said.

Wild Bunch repped the filmmakers in the sale.