Romanian newspapers on Tuesday hail the success of Romanian director Cristian Mungiu and his Palme d’Or award in Cannes. They discuss the impact of the talks President Traian Basescu held with parties yesterday to overcome the current political crisis in Bucharest.

And one newspaper tells the story of Denise Lasserre, who was involved in a huge scandal marking the presidential campaign of Nicolas Sarkozy in France and who is now aggressively eyeing the Romanian real estate market.

“Our Mungiu was better than Kusturica”, Evenimentul Zilei writes in its report on how critics worldwide received the news that Romanian director Cristian Mungiu has won Palme d’Or for his movie “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” amid unanimous acclaim.

The newspaper writes that the movie was already contracted for distribution in 30 countries - including the US, Britain, Asian countries and Latin America.

And it will run for the first time in Romania as part of the Transylvanian International Film Festival starting June 1, before hitting theaters in autumn.

Cotidianul speaks of general euphoria after Mungiu’s triumph in Cannes. The newspaper reports that the film crew has yet to recover from the shock of winning in Cannes.

And it also quotes prominent French critics who note that while the subject of the movie - an clandestine abortion in communist-era Romania - was not easy to swallow, “it is a beautiful film made with modest means but very emotional and well played”, as Jean Luc Wachthausen put it.

Romania libera publishes an interview with Mungiu who says that for him “Palme d’Or is more important than Oscar”. He says the award “is first of all a confirmation for a generation [of Romanian directors] who have something to say and who understood what cinema is”.

And Gandul reports that Mungiu’s movie “brings back the Romanian revolution” on the first pages of French newspapers just like in 1989, quoting one paper that wrote the main character of Mungiu’s movie, Anemarie Marinca, should have received the award for Best Actress as well.

Meanwhile, on the political front, the same Gandul reports that President Traian Basescu explored the idea of early elections in talks with parliamentary parties yesterday.

According to the newspaper, he admitted the issue in talks with the Democratic Party, whose leader Emil Boc said it would push for a motion against the current government. Only the small Conservative Party and the Hungarian Democrats said - half-mouthed - they would agree with such a move.

According to Cotidianul, the leader of the opposition Social Democrats, Mircea Geoana, have come to the talks with the clear message they were ready to join a government, even pushing for Geoana to take over the seat of prime minister.

“A week, maximum ten days”, was the deadline suggested by Geoana for finding the necessary majority to form a new government.

For its part, Romania libera reports that ultimately President Traian Basescu may summon the political parties to a new round of consultations if dissension remains, while EvZ reports that yesterday’s talks allowed Basescu to invite the opposition PSD to bring down incumbent Liberal PM Calin Popescu Tariceanu.

Also in the newspapers today:

  • Romania libera reports that Denise Lasserre, the main character in a scandal that hit France during the presidential campaign, is trying to earn in Romania the millions of euro necessary to pay her duties to French fiscal authorities.

    Lasserre, a French citizen of Romanian origin, formerly named Axenfeld Lazarescu, claims back several valuable properties in Romania, evaluated at tens of millions of euro. During the electoral campaign, new French President Nicolas Sarkozy had been accused in the media of favoring the real estate businesses of Lasserre’s company when he served as mayor for the city of Neuilly.
  • Gandul quotes Foreign minister Adrian Crioroianu who says several cases of corruption are being investigated within the Ministry following a series of complaints and that to e-mail addresses are now available for people who want to notify the Ministry about possible abuses by Romanian diplomats.