The 11th edition of the Histories and Film Festival in Râșnov
(FFIR) will start on Friday, July 19, with a concert of the band Byron, in the Râșnov City Garden and with the open-air screening of Leto
and the screening of Milk
in the “Amza Pellea” Cinema. The main theme of the 2019 wditon is Freedom. During the 10 days, the festival brings in front of the public 20 debates, 57 film
screenings, 8 rock’n’blues’n’jazz concerts, 3 theatre performances, 1 cine-concert, 1 theatre table-reading and 12 old music concerts which will take place in different spaces in Râșnov, Codlea and Crizbav.
On Saturday, July 20, Han Klemm, the US ambassador in Romania will take part, alongside David Saranga, the Israeli ambassador in Romania and the astronaut Dumitru Prunariu, in a debate which will mark the 50th anniversary of the historic moment of the moon landing. The panel “50 years since the moon landing – Technology, Politics, Propaganda”, will start at 5:00 p.m. and it will be hosted in the new FFIR space in the “Peter Thal” Râșnov Gymnasium School.
The 70th anniversary of NATO will also be marked with a debate which will take place on Wednesday, July 24, from 14:30, which will be attended (among others) by colonel Scott A.Weston, the Defense Attaché of the US Embassy in Romania and colonel Constantin Spînu, the head of Information and Public Relation Directorate at the Romanian Ministry of National Defense. The 30th anniversary of the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe will be marked through two panels. One of them, “December `89” will be attended by the director of the National Theatre in Bucharest, the actor Ion Caramitru
and it will take place on Saturday, July 20, starting with 11:00. Andrew Noble, the UK ambassador in Romania will take part in the second one - “Regained freedom – lost freedoms? A debate after 30 years”; it will take place on Thursday, July 25, starting with 17:00.
The 2019 FFIR competition brings 15 documentaries from Spain, Irak, France, Poland, Bulgaria, Italy, Argentina and
Romania which will compete for the award given by the professional jury, run by the French filmmaker Pierre-Henri Deleau, the award given by a jury made of 6 high school students from Brașov and the audience award.
After the “HUOOOO!!!” performance of the Auăleu independent theatre group from Timișoara, the debate “We don`t need no education?/!” will take place. It will be attended by Mircea Dumitru, the rector of the Bucharest University and Marilen-Gabriel Pirtea, the rector of the West University in Timișoara.
The actress Oana Pellea
will speak about freedom in the Râșnov City Garden, in the evening of Thursday, July 25, from 20:00. The actor Vlad Ivanov
will be the special guest of the two days of 2019 FFIR – he will participate in the “Broken Musicke” concert in the Evangelic Church in Râșnov and in the debate “Cinema and freedom” and he will attend the Q&As sessions after the screenings of the films 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 days / 4 luni, 3 săptămâni și 2 zile
One of the long-expected moment of the 2019 FFIR is the concert held by Alexandru Andrieș who is from Brașov. One day later Ada Milea and Sir Vali Blues Răcilă will have the “Alcohol and Blues Experiment” concert-performance starting from Ion Mureșan`s poems.
The 2019 Histories and Film festival will also host a Summer School for 72 college students and 23 high school students from Romania and Republic of Moldova.
The Icon Arts Contemporary Arts Festival, in partnership with FFIR 2019, will organize in Râșnov a theatre-jazz workshop coordinated by Oana Pellea and the musician Mircea Tiberian. On the last evening of the Histories and Film Festival, the stage of the City Garden will host the premiere of a theatre and music performance held by the workshop participants.