Catalin Mitulescu’s “The Way I Spent the End of the World” has been chosen as Romania’s foreign-language Oscar contender, its producer confirmed Thursday.
“We are honored to be able to represent our country,” said Daniel Mitulescu of Bucharest-based Strada Films, lead producer alongside French Films Pelleas.
A commission of local critics chose the pic.
Set against the final days of the Ceausescu dictatorship, pic is an intimate account of a moment in history revolving around a 17-year-old girl and her 7-year-old brother.
The film, due to preem in Romania Sept. 15, was warmly received in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, picking up the actress award for female lead Doroteea Petre.
In 2005, while still in development, it won a Sundance/NHK Intl. Filmmakers’ Award as the best project by an emerging talent out of Europe.
It screened at Venice and unspools Saturday at Toronto.