Cristian Mungiu, director of “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.”
Have you ever been to the Pusan International Film Festival before?
What do you feel make Pusan unique among festivals?
I don’t know yet. It has the reputation of being the biggest festival in South East Asia. Enough to make you curious to come.
What are your festival expectations?
I’ve been once to South Korea and I noticed people are very welcoming, warm and excellently organized. I expect Pusan to be grand. And I’d like to try again the Korean cabbage.
What are you most looking forward to?
I am glad I’ll have the chance to see some films for a change. Since Cannes, I couldn’t see any wherever I traveled – as I was too busy talking about my own film. I also hope to see the ocean.
What films do you anticipate seeing?
I hope to be seeing not only the films from my section as a juror but, if any, the films that were competing in Cannes at the same time with me.
Who’s your favorite Asian filmmaker?
I rather like films, not authors entirely: Kurosawa for “Kaghemusha,” Wong Kar Way for “In the Mood for Love,” Kitano for “Hanna B.”
How about favorite Asian actor or actress?
I hate to misspell names. It often happens with mine and I know the feeling.
What is your favorite film of all time?
I don’t have just one but among them is Chaplin’s “The Dictator.”
Who are you most looking forward to meeting at the festival?
I don’t know who’s coming.
What’s your favorite Korean dish?
I tried a lot of spicy stuff when I was there last time and they were great but sorry for not remembering the names.
Which food are you most looking forward to trying?
I am a vegetarian, so I am ready to try everything but animals which were killed for the culinary delight of the guests.
Can we anticipate running into you at a beach bar during the fest?
I will sure be there but you’ll have to recognize me. I look completely different naked than when I wear a suit.
If so, what will you be drinking?
I drank last time a white rice drink feeling like paint. It was quite special.
Where are you going after the fest?
Back home to Romania.
Where do you keep your Palm d’Or?
I keep it on a high stove where my two-year-old boy and my cats can’t reach it. Still, my son asks for it from time to time to play with, but he is not very interested by the Palme itself but by the box in which it stays as it has great doors.