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“Revolution in Realism” – cinema project developed by the ICR London

     The Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) of London, in partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI) and with the support of several public and private organisations, is launching the project “Revolution in Realism”, dedicated to Romanian film.
     The program will unfold over two months and will include over 70 events, most of them being film screenings, but also meetings with filmmakers, debates, lectures and exhibitions. The project is designed to lay focus on the “new Romanian cinema”, keeping in sight the relationship between the films of the young generation and the classical productions. Thus, during 12-31 May, in the Institute's screening room, the “Precursors” section will be held, offering the following viewings: Concurs/Competition (directed by Dan Pița), Reconstituirea/Reconstruction (directed by Lucian Pintilie), Secvențe(directed by Alexandru Tatos) and È pericoloso sporgersi/It is Dangerous to Lean Out (directed by Nae Caranfil).
     Among the program's special guests are well-known directors, actors, screenwriters, reviewers, composers and visuals artists. Along the over sixty days of Romanian film days, British film lovers will have the opportunity to meet Teodor Corban, Marian CrișanAnca Damian, Silviu Gheție, Tudor GiurgiuAndrei GorzoRadu Jude, Florin Lăzărescu, Cristian Lolea, Ana LunguAnamaria MarincaRadu Muntean, Dominique Nasta, Bobby Păunescu and Cristi Puiu. The Romanians will have discussions with the influential film reviewers and curators Geoff Andrew and Nick Roddick.
     At BFI Southbank, the screenings of defining creations of contemporary Romanian cinematography will start on June 2nd. Along the entire month, most of the award-winning films of the latest years will be available for viewing here: Marfa și banii/Stuff and Dough (directed by Cristi Puiu, 2001), Aferim! (directed by Radu Jude, 2015), A fost sau n-a fost?/12.08 East of Bucharest (directed by Corneliu Porumboiu, 2006), După dealuri/Beyond the Hills (directed by Cristian Mungiu, 2012), De ce eu?/Why Me? (directed by Tudor Giurgiu, 2015), Eu când vreau să fluier, fluier/If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (directed by Florin Șerban, 2010), Moartea domnului Lăzărescu/Death of Mr. Lăzărescu (directed by Cristi Puiu, 2005), 4 luni, 3 săptămâni și 2 zile/4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (directed by Cristian Mungiu, 2007), Aurora (directed by Cristi Puiu, 2010), Hârtia va fi albastră/The Paper will be Blue (directed by Radu Muntean, 2006), Trois exercices d’interprétation (directed by Cristi Puiu, 2013), Felicia, înainte de toate/Felicia, above all (directed by Melissa de Raaf și Răzvan Rădulescu, 2009), Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceaușescu/Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu (directed by Andrei Ujică, 2010), Crulic - Drumul spre dincolo/Crulic – The Road to Beyond (directed by Anca Damian, 2011), Poziția copilului/Child's Pose (directed by Călin Peter Netzer, 2013), Un etaj mai jos/One Floor Below (directed by Radu Muntean, 2015). The program will also include two premieres: Orizont/Horizon by Marian Crișan and Autoportretul unei fete cuminți/Self-Portrait of a Dutiful Daughter by Ana Lungu, with the two directors attending. Between 7 abd 14 July, ICR London will also screen the features: California Dreamin’ (directed by Cristian Nemescu), Francesca (directed by Bobby Păunescu), and Domestic (directed by Adrian Sitaru).      
     Apart from the screening of the above-mentioned 25 plus films, a series of special events will also take place, among which a discussion on the Romanian film industry and the success of the New Wave in cinema – with directors Radu Muntean, Anca Damian and Tudor Giurgiu attending -, a debate on the context in which the “new Romanian cinema” appeared – with film reviewers Andrei Gorzo, Dominique Nasta, Geoff Andrew and Nick Roddick attending -, a lecture delivered by Geoff Andrew on realism in Romanian cinema, the photography exhibition Freeze Frame signed by Silviu Gheție, as well as Q&A sessions with the audience, attended by directors Cristi Puiu, Radu Jude, Marian Crișan, Bobby Păunescu and Ana Lungu, by actors Anamaria Marinca and Teodor Corban, by screenwriter Florin Lăzărescu and by composer Cristian Lolea.                   
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