The most anticipated Romanian premieres of the year will be presented in the 17th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (Cluj-Napoca, May 25-June 3).
This year’s Romanian Days will include 35 titles: 13 features and 22 shorts, some of which are world premieres, while others are recipients of major festival awards. Thirty of these titles are competing for the Romanian Film Days awards. Many of the professionals interested in the new projects of the Romanian cinema will come to meet the TIFF audiences and the international industry guests.
Two films included in the international competition for the Transilvania Trophy will also be screened in the Romanian Days: Berlinale Golden Bear-winner Touch Me Not /Nu mă atinge-mă, Adina Pintilie’s feature debut, a shocking exploration of intimacy and the very human need for authentic contact told in a format that tests the boundaries between fiction, documentary, and art; and Andrei Crețulescu’s excellent debut Charleston
, a pop cocktail spiced with black humor and melodrama which premiered in the official competition at Locarno. Crețulescu also takes part in the shorts competition with the world premiere of Parabellum.
This year’s Romanian Days features five world premieres, some of them from first-time directors. Bogdan Theodor Olteanu enters the competition with his debut Several Conversations About a Very Tall Girl / Câteva conversații despre o fată foarte înaltă, which features Silvana Mihai, one of the actors promoted in TIFF’s “10 for Film” program, in a leading role. The actor Vlad Zamfirescu makes his directorial debut with The Secret of Happiness / Secretul fericirii, a dynamic story about a love triangle and its uncomfortable truths, written by Alexandru Popa as a cynical comedy whose twists and turns will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
Winner of the debut prize of the Romanian Days in 2013 for his A Month in Thailand / O lună în Thailanda
and the author of the popular comedy Two Lottery Tickets / Două lozuri
, Paul Negoescu
returns to TIFF with The Story of a Summer Lover / Povestea unui pierde-vară
, a bitter-sweet comedy about the difficult situations in which love can throw us, featuring Alexandru Papadopol as a lead. Alex Mavrodineanu’s documentary Caisă
about a boxing coach who, having sworn off coaching, retu
rns nevertheless to it when he meets a talented young man, is also a world premiere.
the directing award for Emanuel Pârvu
,, who also shows up in TIFF’s Romanian
shorts competition with E
(dir. Sarra Tsorakidis), Michelangelo
(dir. Anghel Damian
), Must Love Kubrick
(dir. Alma Andreescu), Parabellum
(dir. Andrei Crețulescu), The Christmas Gift / Cadoul de Crăciun
(regia Bogdan Mureșanu
), Everything Is Far Away / Totul este foarte departe
(dir. Emanuel Pârvu), Morski Briz
(dir. Cecilia Ștefănescu), Sunday / Duminică
(dir. Dorian Boguță), The Seagull / Pescărușul
(dir. Maria Popistașu, Alex Baciu), New Dakia
(dir. Mihai Pârcălabu), Silence / Liniște
(dir. Alex Iureș), E.T. Was Here / E.T. a fost aici
(dir. Ana Agopian
), and The Beast/ Bestia
(dir. Andreea Lăcătuș). Five documentary and animation shorts will be screened out of competition: PhoeniXXX
(dir. Mihai Dragolea
), A Death in My Family / O moarte în familia mea
(dir. Andra Tarara), Ionaș Dreams of Rain / Ionaș visează că plouă
(dir. Dragoș Hanciu), In the Frame
(dir. Ion Gnatiuc) , and Ceva
(dir. Paul Mureșan