The Romanian Film Festival in London, 8th edition

The Romanian Film Festival in London, 8th edition

We take great pleasure in announcing the new edition of the Romanian Film Festival in London, now a traditional event for all lovers of Romanian culture and film.

Once again we are bringing to London a showcase of some of the best Romanian movies, and this time we are featuring matters of the heart. As you know, Romanians take pride in their Latin origins, and being a Latin lover of some kind comes naturally to us – hence the title. All the films in the programme have something to do with love, but given that they come from the land of the Romanian New Wave, things are not as simple as they appear and there is a twist to this emotion.

HOT LOVE, COLD HEARTS

The Romanian Film Festival in London, 8th edition

10 – 14 November 2011
Curzon Mayfair cinema, 38 Curzon Street, London W1J 7TY
& Curzon Soho cinema, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5DY

PROGRAMME

Thursday 10 November 2011, 6.10pm, Screen 1, Curzon Mayfair
TUESDAY, AFTER CHRISTMAS by Radu Muntean – Festival’s Gala Screening

Romania, 2010, 99 mins. Written by Alexandru Baciu, Razvan Radulescu and Radu Muntean
With: Mimi Branescu, Mirela Oprisor, Maria Popistasu.

“The strength of ‘Tuesday, After Christmas,’ Mr. Muntean’s fourth feature, lies in its rigorous, artful and humane fidelity to quotidian circumstance.”
A. O. Scott, New York Times, 24 May 2011

Paul Hanganu married Adriana ten years ago. They have an eight year old daughter, Mara. For the past six months he has been involved in an extra-marital affair with Raluca, a twenty-seven-year-old dentist.

Followed by Q&A

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Friday 11 November 2011, 6.00pm, Screen 2, Curzon Mayfair
PHANTOM FATHER by Lucian Georgescu

Romania, 2011, 90 mins. Written by Lucian Georgescu.
With: Marcel Iures, Mihaela Sarbu, Mimi Branescu, Barry Gifford, Victor Rebengiuc, Mariana Mihut.

American Professor Robert Traum takes a sabbatical and turns his back on a present devoid of surprise, to live an adventure from the past. Back in the Old World, he researches the origins of his father and uncle, the famous Traum brothers: Rudolf, a famous novelist, and Samuel – once a notorious gangster in Chicago.

Preceded by

SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN OR BATMAN, a short film by Tudor Giurgiu
Romania, 2011, 11 mins. Written by Doru Lupeanu.
Cast: Bogdan Zsolt, Aaron Serban, Ovidiu Cridan, Elena Ivanca.

Aron, a 5-year-old boy, sets out together with his worried father on a journey, at the end of which he intends, like the superheroes in the comic books, to save the world.

Followed by Q&A

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Saturday 12 November 2011, 6.00pm, Screen 2, Curzon Mayfair
CARNIVAL SCENES by Lucian Pintilie

Romania, 1979, 120 mins. Written by Lucian Pintilie based on a play by I L Caragiale.
With: Victor Rebengiuc, Mariana Mihut, Gheorghe Dinica, Tora Vasilescu, Petre Gheorghiu, Florin Zamfirescu, Mircea Diaconu.

Didina Mazu, the kept woman of Pampon, is in love with barber Nae Girimea, the Don Juan of the district. But Nae is also the lover of Mita Baston, who is the mistress of Cracanel…

Based on a theatrical text by Romanian writer Ion Luca Caragiale (1852-1912), this cruel portrait of Romania was censored for a decade, and was only being released after the 1989 revolution.

Followed by Q&A

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Sunday 13 November 2011, 5.30pm, Screen 2, Curzon Mayfair
LOVERBOY by Catalin Mitulescu

Romania, 2011, 93 mins. Written by Catalin Mitulescu, Bianca Oana, Bogdan Mustata.
With: George Pistereanu, Ada Condeescu, Ion Besoiu, Clara Voda.

Luca, a twenty-year-old, seduces women and then passes them on to a prostitution network. Luca falls in love with one of his potential victims. It’s summer on the Danube river, in Harsova. The music is loud, the cars are fancy, the girls are tanned and Veli runs away from home in Luca’s bed. First love has never felt more dangerous.

Preceded by

LORD, a short film by Adrian Sitaru
Romania, 2010, 25 mins. Written by Adrian Sitaru.
With: Andreea Samson, Sergiu Costache.

Although he hates dogs, Toni “specialises” in finding lost animals and then blackmailing their owners in order to obtain beautiful, large amounts of money.

Followed by Q&A

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Monday 14 November 2011, 6.30pm, Screen 3, Curzon Soho
(99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5DY)
CRULIC by Anca Damian – Festival’s Closing Night

Romania-Poland, 2011, 73 mins. Written by Anca Damian.
Narrated by Vlad Ivanov, Jamie Sives.

The animated documentary feature-length “Crulic – The Path to Beyond” tells the story of the life of Crulic, the 33 years old Romanian who died in a Polish prison while on hunger strike. The acclaimed Romanian actor, Vlad Ivanov, narrates Crulic’s ironic voice over from beyond the grave.

A strong visual style, the result of beautiful hand drawn, collage, stop-motion and cut-cut animation techniques, blend to create a striking, surprisingly integrated and memorable film.

Followed by Q&A
This film is included in the Curzon Doc Days strand.

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Festival Director: Ramona Mitrica
Festival Curator: Mike Phillips
Friends of the Festival: Nicolae Ratiu, Eugen Serbanescu, Alina Salcudeanu, Eugen Tomac, Adrian Cherciu, Ana Santos
Design, typesetting & e-mail: Mihai Risnoveanu
Screening copies through the National Centre of Cinematography (CNC) in Bucharest

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The Romanian Film Festival in London
8th edition, 10 -14 November 2011, Curzon Mayfair and Curzon Soho cinemas

organised by The Ratiu Foundation / Romanian Cultural Centre,
in collaboration with
The National Centre of Cinematography, Bucharest and Curzon Cinemas.
With the financial support of The Department for Romanians Abroad (DRP).
With the support of
Profusion International Creative Consultancy, ROMANi-ONLiNE.co.uk and Albinuta.co.uk

Region: All
Venue: Curzon Mayfair
Venue Address: 38 Curzon Street
Website: http://www.romanianculturalcentre.org.uk
Press Tickets: Not Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
 
Press Tickets:
Name: Ramona Mitrica
Phone: 020 7486 0295