MUBI Acquires Radu Jude’s Acclaimed Locarno Prize-winner Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World
Taking All Rights in the U.S. And Streaming Rights in Latin America, Germany, India, Canada, Netherlands, and Turkey
Official Romanian Entry for the 96th Academy Awards®
Film Recieved Special Jury Prize at 2023 Locarno Film Festival Ahead of Debut at Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival
September 8, 2023 (New York, NY) – MUBI, the global streaming service, production company, and film distributor announced today that they have acquired Radu Jude’s Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World, including all rights in the United States plus streaming rights in Canada, Germany, India, Turkey, Latin America, and the Netherlands. The film had its world premiere at the 2023 Locarno Film Festival where it received the Special Jury Prize, Commendation of the Ecumenical Jury, 1st Prize of the Junior Jury, as well as rave reviews. It’ll next premiere at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival and 2023 New York Film Festival.
Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World has been selected to represent Romania at the 96th Academy Awards®. It is the latest work from master Romanian filmmaker Radu Jude, who previously won the Silver Bear for Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, which was also Romania’s selection. He also directed the acclaimed films I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians, Aferim!, Scarred Hearts, The Happiest Girl In The World, and more.
Part One: We follow Angela, an overworked production assistant who must drive around the city of Bucharest in order to film the casting for a “safety at work” video commissioned by a multinational company, ostensibly to raise awareness among its own employees on the various dangers that lead to work related accidents. Soon she encounters Marian, a half paralyzed worker, who gets the part.
Part Two: When Marian reveals on camera that his work related accident is due to the company’s negligence, his statement ignites a scandal, which forces him to re-invent his story to suit the company’s narrative.
True to form, Golden Bear winner Radu Jude, sets his absurdist comedic drama in two parts. In a dizzying landscape, cinema, capitalism and technology meet the political sociology of the post totalitarian digital world.
Following its premiere at Locarno International Film Festival, IndieWire awarded the film a “Critic’s Pick,” heralding it as “unbearably brilliant.” Variety described the film as a “dazzling feat of social critique” and “funny and furious,” while Deadline praised it as “genuinely seminal,” and Screen International said it was a “absorbing, thought-provoking reflection on inequality and oppression.”
Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World is produced by Radu Jude, Ada Solomon, Adrian Sitaru and 4 Proof Film, and co-produced by Adrien Chef, Claire Dornoy, Ankica Juric Tilic, Serge Lalou, Paul Thitges Distributions, Les Films d’Ici, Kinorama and Micro Film in association with Bord Cadre Films and Sovereign Films. It was made with the support of The Romanian Film Centre, Film Fund Luxembourg, Eurimages, Arte Cofinova/19 and Croatian Audiovisual Centre, and executive produced by Diana Caravia, Andreas Roald, Dan Wechsler and Jamal Zeinal Zade.