The Romanian Cultural Institute announced today the line-up for the 4th Annual Romanian Film Festival in New York City, this year entitled 4 YEARS, 3 DAYS AND 2 DECADES LATER, to take place from December 4th-6th at Tribeca Cinemas. This year’s festival will feature the best and most recent films from Romania’s unique and critically exalted national body of contemporary cinema on the twentieth anniversary of the fall of communism in Eastern Europe.
Festival curator Mihai Chirilov has created a special retrospective section for this edition of the festival called Waving at the Revolution, which includes the opening night film Videograms of a Revolution. The line up is as follows:
Hooked (Pescuit sportiv), 2008, directed by Adrian Sitaru Katalin Varga, 2009, directed by Peter Strickland The Other Irene (Cealalta Irina), 2009, directed by Andrei Grusnickzi Police, Adjective (Polipist. adj.), 2009, directed by Corneliu Porumboiu – Romanian selection for the 82nd Academy Awards Silent Wedding (Nunta muta), 2008, directed by Horapiu Malaele
Waving at the Revolution
Videograms of a Revolution (Videogramme einer Revolution), 1992, directed by Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica
The Oak (Balanpa), 1992, directed by Lucian Pintilie State of Things (Stare de fapt), 1995, directed by Stere Gulea Documentaries
Australia, 2009, directed by Claudiu Mitcu The Flower Bridge (Podul de flori), 2008, directed by Thomas Ciulei Shorts
11 PM, 2009, directed by Alexandru Sava Bric-Brac, 2009, directed by Gabriel Achim For Him (Pentru el), 2009, directed by Stanca Radu Oli’s Wedding (Nunta lui Oli), 2009, directed by Tudor Jiurgiu Renovation (Renovare), 2009, directed by Paul Negoescu Tarantyno, 2009, directed by Mircea Nestor.
Chirilov states, “Ever since the break out of Romanian films in the U.S. in 2006, the Romanian Film Festival in New York not only found a solid reason to exist, but also proved to be the perfect companion for the ever-growing impact of the New Romanian Cinema on American audiences.”
In attendance at the festival will be actor Vlad Ivanov (Police, Adjective & The Other Irene), winner of the 2007 award for Best Supporting Actor of the Los Angeles Journalists Association for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, director Horapiu Malaele (Silent Wedding), actor Andi Vasluianu (The Other Irene), and, producer/director Tudor Giurgiu (Katalin Varga, Australia & Love Sick).
In partnership with the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, Link TV will broadcast nationally the complementary film series Selections from the Romanian New Wave: a special Cinemondo presentation. Airdates and full program information will be announced shortly. This series is curated by Steven Lawrence, Vice President of Music and Cultural Programming at Link TV.
The following films will receive their U.S. television premieres on Link TV as part of series Selections from the Romanian New Wave: a special Cinemondo presentation:
12:08 East of Bucharest (A fost sau n-a fost?), 2006, directed by Corneliu Porumboiu Exam (Examen), 2003, directed by Titus Muntean Love Sick (Legaturi bolnavicioase), 2006, directed by Tudor Giurgiu.
The Paper will be Blue (Hirtia va fi albastra), 2006, directed by Radu Muntean Stuff and Dough (Marfa °i banii), 2001, directed by Cristi Puiu.
Bar de zi and Other Stories (Bar de zi °i alte povestiri), 2007, directed by Corina Radu
Cold Waves (Razboi pe calea undelor), 2007, directed by Alexandru Solomon
Testimony (Testimonial), 2008, directed by Razvan Georgescu Lawrence states, “Since Cinemondo launched in 2006, Link TV has been the most adventurous programmer of world cinema on American television. Selections from the Romanian New Wave represents the first time we’ve focused on work from a particular country. The series provides a great opportunity for people who cannot come to the festival in New York City to discover why Romania has become a source of some of the most compelling films being made on the planet.”
The Romanian Film Festival in New York City was initiated in 2006 by The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, and since its inception has featured great works of contemporary Romanian cinema such as The Death of Mr. Lazarescu by Cristi Puiu; 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days by Cristian Mungiu, California Dreamin’ (endless) by Cristian Nemescu, 12:08 East of Bucharest by Corneliu Porumboiu and others.
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