Well, not exactly – Romanian cinema might not bring top-notch digital trickery, but if you like true cinema, we have the right films for you.
From 2nd to 4th July 2010, we are bringing to London some of the finest new films to have come from Romania, plus a “modern classic” banned by dictator Nicolae Ceausescu himself.
Our programme aims to reconfirm the strength of the “New Wave of Romanian Cinema” and the Romanian film school in general.
We open the Festival with the critically acclaimed POLICE, ADJECTIVE, the new smart-as-a-whip, dryly funny comedy from Corneliu Porumboiu (12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST) in the company of the director.
This year’s festival guests include acting legend Victor Rebengiuc, veteran director Dan Pita, rising star Ada Condeescu, and Bafta award winner Anamaria Marinca (star of 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS, Cristian Mungiu’s Palme d’Or winner).
Friday 2 July, at 18.15 – London Premiere
POLICE, ADJECTIVE by Corneliu Porumboiu (Gala Screening)
Romania, 2009, 113 mins. Starring: Dragos Bucur, Vlad Ivanov, Irina Saulescu, Ion Stoica
A policeman’s conscience objects to arresting a youngster who offers drugs to his pals. Does “conscience” mean the same thing to his superiors?
Followed by Q&A with director Corneliu Porumboiu
Saturday 3 July, at 15.00 – UK Premiere
SAND CLIFFS by Dan Pita
Romania, 1983, 92 mins. Starring: Victor Rebengiuc, Gheorghe Visu, Carmen Galin, Marin Moraru
A paranoid surgeon accuses a young loner of theft. Will justice prevail?
Followed by Q&A with director Dan Pita and actor Victor Rebengiuc
& at 17.45 – UK Premiere
MEDAL OF HONOUR by Calin Peter Netzer
Romania, 2009, 103 mins. Starring: Victor Rebengiuc, Camelia Zorlescu, Radu Beligan
What do you do when you receive a medal of honour for acts of heroism during WW2 and you’re not sure you were the author of those deeds?
Followed by Q&A with actor Victor Rebengiuc
Sunday 4 July, at 15.00 – UK Premieres
THE CAGE by Adrian Sitaru (short)
Romania, 2009, 17 mins. How do you keep a dove in a flat?
MUSIC IN THE BLOOD by Alexandru Mavrodineanu (short)
Romania, 2010, 16 mins. There’s singing, and there’s singing. And this dad wants his kid to do well in the music business.
OLI’S WEDDING by Tudor Cristian Jurgiu (short)
Romania, 2009, 22 mins. A video link over the internet provides solutions for a family separated by an ocean.
BIRDS’ WAY by Klara Trencsenyi and Vlad Naumescu (documentary)
Romania, 2009, 52 mins. The life of a community of Russian Old Believers from the remote wilderness of the Danube Delta.
Followed by Q&A with anthropologist Vlad Naumescu
& at 17.45 – London Premiere
IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE by Florin Serban
Romania, 2009, 94 mins. Starring: George Pistereanu, Ada Condeescu, Clara Voda, Mihai Constantin
Five days to go to the release from a young offenders’ institution. How do you stop your estranged mother taking your little brother away by the time you’re out?
Followed by Q&A with actress Ada Condeescu
Tickets: £12.50 / £9.50 cineastes (Curzon Members)
Bookings: In person, online at www.curzoncinemas.com or by phone 0871 703 3989.
Venue: Curzon Mayfair, 38 Curzon Street, London W1J 7TY. Closest Tube stations: Green Park and Hyde Park Corner.
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You might want to ask why this year’s edition of the Festival is called ROMANIAN, ADJECTIVE. The simple answer would be that the title is in homage to the opening film, Corneliu Porumboiu’s POLICE, ADJECTIVE. But, we might add that “Romanian” has an attractive ring to it when it is attached to nouns such as “Cinema” or “Director” and – by extension – to “Culture”. I like to think that if someone should ask you to characterise a film from our country, you might simply say “it’s Romanian, of course it’s good”
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The Romanian Film Festival in London is organised by
The Ratiu Foundation / Romanian Cultural Centre in London, in collaboration with
The National Centre of Cinematography, Bucharest, Curzon Cinemas and Artificial Eye.
With the support of ProFusion International Creative Consultancy, ROMANi-ONLiNE.co.uk, The Romanian Television, and Diaspora Romaneasca.