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Hubert Bals Fund film wins Palme d'Or

4 LUNI, 3 SAPTAMINI SI 2 ZILE (4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS) by Cristian Mungiu (Romania) has won the Palme d’Or of the 60th Cannes film festival. In its initial production stage, Mungiu’s film has been supported by the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

The contribution of the fund has been of vital importance in financing this, relatively, low budget film. Fall 2006, the Hubert Bals Fund granted Mungiu script development support for 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS. The Rotterdam film festival’s fund already backed Mungiu in 2001, when he was preparing his feature film début OCCIDENT, selected for Director’s Fortnight in 2002.

4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS became a critics’ favorite early on in the festival. It tells about illegal abortion during the last years of the Ceausescu regime but also explores the friendship and responsibilities of two student girls. The film is the first of a series titled ‘Tales from a Golden Age’, a subjective history of communism in Romania told through its urban legends, focusing on personal options in times of misfortune. 

Maintaining its strong presence in Cannes, the Rotterdam film festival had seven films linked to the Hubert Bals Fund and CineMart in the 2007 Cannes festival sections. From the Official Competition, Palme d’Or-winner 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS by Cristian Mungiu received support of the Hubert Bals Fund while Kim Ki-Duk’s BREATH and Catherine Breillat’s AN OLD MISTRESS were presented as CineMart Projects. 

Along with CineMart, the Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) is part of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). The Hubert Bals Fund is designed to bring remarkable or urgent feature films and feature-length creative documentaries by innovative and talented filmmakers from developing countries closer to completion. The Hubert Bals Fund provides grants that often turn out to play a crucial role in enabling these filmmakers to realize their projects. Although the Fund looks closely at the financial aspects of a project, the decisive factors remain its content and artistic value. Since the Fund started in 1989, close to 600 projects from independent filmmakers in Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America have received support. Approximately 80% of these projects have been realised or are currently in production. Every year, the IFFR screens completed films supported by the Fund.
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The Hubert Bals Fund is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dutch non-governmental development organisations Hivos and NCDO, the DOEN Foundation and Dutch public broadcasting network NPS.