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Films and debates at FFE 2017

     The European Film Festival (FFE) is celebrating Europe Day with over 60 films, of which more than 35 in premiere in Romania. However, the Festival is not only about classical viewings, but is provoking the audience to debates and invites them to experiment virtual reality.
     The 21st Edition of FFE has set the following calendar: Bucharest (4 – 11 May); Iași (12 – 14 May); Tîrgu Mureș (19 -21 May); Gura Humorului (19 – 21 May) and Timișoara (26 – 28 May). For the first time in its history, the gala film, Cealaltă parte a speranței / The Other Side of Hope (directed by Aki Kaurismäki) will open all 5 editions of the Festival.
     The film by Gabriel AchimUltima zi / The Last Day, will be also screened in all 5 cities, with the crew member in attendance, and in Bucharest it will be screened at the closing gala as of 11 May, at the Farmer Museum Cinema.      The latest film by Radu MihăileanuPovestea iubirii / The History of Love (2016) will have a preview screening before the TIFF premiere, at the Summer Garden in Timișoara, on Saturday, 27 May.
     FFE 2017 is proposing 64 documentaries, bio films, dramas, comedies, animations, thriller and horror movies, short and medium-length films, experimental films and VR screenings. Of these, 42 were released in 2017 and 2016.
     The opening gala and the screenings of the special section ARTE will be held at the National Arts Museum of Romania – Auditorium Hall, and the other performances in Bucharest will be held at the Farmer Museum Cinema - „Horia Bernea” Studio, Cinema Elvire Popesco, the Czech Centre, Cervantes Institute and at the European Public Space. Admission to local editions' screenings and to those from the Bucharest cultural centres will be free of charge.
     The Festival's special sections are: Agora, Arte, Lux, Comic strip, Young Audience and Republic of Moldova Film.
     In supplementation of the Agora section, FFE is organising, independently or in partnership, debates on important societal issues: Human trafficking and life choices (on 5 May, at Talent Garden, at 11:30), debates based on the films Fixeur (2016) and Marija (2016); Migration, acceptance through empathy (in partnership with SUPER Festival, 8 May, Romanian Cultural Institute, at 16:00), debate based on The Other Side of Hope (2017); Preparing Romania's position in the reform of the European audio-visual policy (8 May, Talent Garden, str.  Ion Brezoianu 23-25, at 11:00); #ReconstruimEuropa de la Sarajevo (We rebuild Europe from Sarajevo) (in partnership with SNSPA, 11 May, SNSPA Main Hall, at 18:45), debate based on the film The Siege (2016).
     The educational programmes for youth and teachers are made in partnership with film critic Ileana Bîrsan and with the CinEd programme of the French Institute, carried out by the Macondo Cultural Association.
     The Festival is to award three of the paying viewers with an 1-year subscription to
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(Translated by Stela Moise)

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