Events
Events
December 8 - December 20
Human Rights for Everyone
November 29 - November 29
Celebrating the National Day of Romania
November 17 - December 4
Inter-Art evening in New York, 3rd Ed.
November 8 - November 26
TOYS: A Dark Fairy Tale
November 4 - November 26
"CON-FRONT EAST" / Painting from Cluj
March 17 - January 3
BRANCUSI at the Guggenheim Museum
ARCHIVE RSS
4th Romanian Film Festival in NYC

December 4-6, 2009
All festival screenings at
TRIBECA CINEMAS
54 Varick Street (at Laight Street)
NYC, NY 10013

Recommended by
The New York Times

Featured in
SundayArts News, Nov 29


ADMISSION:
Regular Adult - $10.00, Student/Senior - $7.00
Tickets are now on sale at Tribeca Cinemas.


MON, December 7, 8:30 pm
SPECIAL EVENT: The Actors of the New Romanian Wave

RCINY

FREE ADMISSION


Interview with festival curator Mihai Chirilov by Tribeca Film Festival programmer Genna Terranova

See Press Dossier

The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York,
in collaboration with Tribeca Film Festival,
and Transilvania International Film Festival
presents

4 YEARS, 3 DAYS AND 2 DECADES LATER
The Fourth Romanian Film Festival in NYC

Recommended by The New York Times

This year's festival will feature the best and most recent films from Romania's unique and critically exalted national body of contemporary cinema on the twentieth anniversary of the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. Festival curator Mihai Chirilov has created a special retrospective section for this edition of the festival called "Waving at the Revolution," organized in conjunction with the Performing Revolution festival, which includes the opening night film Videograms of a Revolution

In attendance at the festival will be actor Vlad Ivanov (Police, Adjective & The Other Irene), winner of the 2007 award for Best Supporting Actor of the Los Angeles Critics Association for "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," director Horaţiu Mălăele (Silent Wedding), actor Andi Vasluianu ("The Other Irene"), and, producer/director Tudor Giurgiu ("Katalin Varga" & "Australia"). 

Don't miss the special coda event of the festival "The Actors of the New Romanian Wave," to be held at RCINY on MON, December 7 at 8:30 pm.

The full festival program and schedule is as follows:

Fri, December 4
7:00 p.m.
Theater 2

 

Videograms of a Revolution

Directed by Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujică
Original title: Videogramme einer Revolution
Germany, 1992, 106 minutes

Opening Night Film

[Special Program: WAVING AT THE REVOLUTION]

For Videograms of a Revolution Andrei Ujica and Harun Farocki collected amateur video and material broadcast by Romanian state television after it was taken over by demonstrators in December 1989. The audio and video represent the historic first-ever revolution in which television played a major role.

"The sense of exhilarating liberation and history made as we watch is consistently leavened by the weird distance, between citizens and their own revolt, occupied by TV cameras and monitors." — Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

More about the film


Sat, December 5
2:00 p.m.
Theater 2


The Flower Bridge


Directed by Thomas Ciulei
Original title: Podul de flori 
Romania, 2008, 87 minutes
U.S premiere  —  February 2009 at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight.

[NEW RELEASES | DOCUMENTARIES]

Costică raises his three children in the village of Acui, in the Republic of Moldova, without his wife, who left for Italy over three years ago to find work and has not been home since.  The film depicts a large-scale social phenomenon — massive economic migration that leaves deep scars in the structure of the family — that affects half of Moldova’s population.

More about the film


Sat, December 5
2:30 p.m.
Theater 1









Sun, December 6
8:30 p.m.
Theater 1


 

Shorts




For Him (Pentru el), directed by Stanca Radu
Romania, 2009, 9 minutes
Even though you’re followed around by a movie camera, you’re still alone.  Based on an extremely popular YouTube scam.  Winner of the Award for Best Romanian Short Film at Transilvania Film Festival, 2009. More about the film

Tarantyno, directed by Mircea Nestor
Romania, 2009, 16 minutes
Between an irritating big brother and an attractive girl who fails to fall for his charm, Tarantyno decides to take what he wants, but things don’t go as planned… More about the film

Renovation (Renovare), directed by Paul Negoescu
Romania, 2009, 24 minutes
Besides her daily work, Doina tries to manage the renovation of the family’s apartment.  Her son Alex can hardly find any time for either the renovation or his girlfriend as the deadline for his Masters thesis draws near.  As for grandma, all she wants is a little consideration. More about the film

11 PM directed by Alexandru Sava
Romania, 2009, 12 minutes
While three football fans beat up an innocent man over their team’s loss, a man angered by the racket decides to take matters into his own hand.  Meanwhile, two petty dealers decide to take their car out for a spin after a few shots of whiskey. A tragedy ensues. More about the film

Bric-Brac directed by Gabriel Achim
Romania, 2009, 18 minutes
This is the story of a film director who tries to persuade the main actor to play his part in the film he’s directing.  The actor refuses due to the similarities between the script and a real experience he has gone through:  a violent argument with his girlfriend. More about the film

Oli’s Wedding (Nunta lui Oli) directed by Tudor Jurgiu
Romania, 2009, 21 minutes
Alone in his kitchen in Bucharest, Dorel prepares for what seems to be a party. Actually, it’s his son’s wedding which takes place in the United States.  Dorel is going to watch the wedding through a webcam, together with two of his son’s friends.  On a small screen, they are about to meet the bride and her father, and witness the ceremony. More about the film


Sat, December 5
4:00 p.m.
Theater 2




Sunday, December 6
4:15 p.m.
Theater 1

Katalin Varga

Directed by Peter Strickland — U.S. Premiere
Romania/UK/Hungary, 2009, 82 minutes
[NEW RELEASES | FEATURES]

Screening on December 5 followed by Q & A with producer Tudor Giurgiu

When her husband learns that he’s not the father of their son Orbán, Katalin is banished by her husband and her village, and left with no other choice than to set out on a quest to find the real father of her son.  Taking Orbán with her under other pretences, Katalin travels through the Carpathians where she decides to reopen a sinister chapter from her past and take revenge.  The hunt leads her to a place, she prayed eleven years prior, she would never set foot in again.

More about the film


Sat, December 5
4:30 p.m.
Theater 1



State of Things 


Directed by Stere Gulea
Original title: Stare de fapt
Romania, 1995, 89 minutes

[Special Program: WAVING AT THE REVOLUTION]

Gulea’s film seems intent on revealing life’s tragic paradoxes and sad ironies as reflected in recent Romanian history. It is December 21st, 1989 and a severely wounded teenager shows up in the middle of the night at the front door of a young nurse.  She takes him for care at the hospital where her soon-to-be husband works, only to find him the morning after in the hospital’s morgue, shot dead in the head. In the instability and chaos that ensues, the couple is pressured into providing fake documents which would absolve the secret police for his death, and others.  The woman refuses to collaborate and her nightmare begins: she is arrested and convicted on a trumped-up charge, consequently being humiliated, beaten up and raped in prison. Her only comfort remains the child she is carrying.

More about the film


Sat, December 5
6:30 p.m.
Theater 2




Sun, December 6
6:30 p.m.
Theater 1

Silent Wedding

Preceded by a brief book presentation: "Dracula is dead" by Sheilah Kast and Jim Rosapepe

Directed by Horaţiu Mălăele — U.S. Premiere
Original title: Nunta mută
Romania, 2008, 87 minutes

[NEW RELEASES | FEATURES]

Screenings followed by Q & A with director Horaţiu Mălăele and writer/producer Adrian Lustig

Romania, 1953. In a small village, a young couple is about to get married.   Guests arrive, the banquet is ready and everything is prepared for the ceremony. Unexpectedly, the Russian Army shows up, Stalin’s death is announced, and mandatory national mourning is declared. All other celebrations are banned. The villagers however are not easily defeated, and decide to celebrate against all odds. A story about resistance during harsh communist times — Silent Wedding is a modern fairytale that jockeys between past and present through a strong narrative rife with tears and laughter.

More about the film


Sat, December 5
7:00 p.m.
Theater 1




Australia 

Directed by Claudiu Mitcu — U.S. Premiere
Romania, 2009, 65 minutes

[NEW RELEASES | DOCUMENTARIES]

In 2008, Romania for the first time participated in the Homeless World Cup Finals, which took place in Melbourne.  This story tracks the seven players on the national team, all homeless from the city of Timişoara, from the moment they come together as a team and until the end of the tournament. Go Romania!

More about the film


Sat, December 5
8:45 p.m.
Theater 1




The Oak

Directed by Lucian Pintilie
Original title: Balanţa
Romania, 1992, 105 minutes

[Special Program: WAVING AT THE REVOLUTION]

The Oak is an absorbing, complicated black comedy about Romania at the end of the Ceauşescu regime.  A young schoolteacher named Nela embarks on a spiritual journey after the death of her father, a former government official, whose ashes she takes to toting in a coffee jar. On her wanderings through grotesque and often violent surroundings, she meets Mitică. The couple, like Tristan and Isolde at the gates of the Orient, cannot live out their love according to the rules.  Everyone is bitter and life is shown as a series of random, meaningless instances of chaos and brutality, characterizing a socio-political structure which makes these events seem normal.

More about the film


Sat, December 5
9:00 p.m.
Theater 2



Sunday, December 6
2:00 p.m.
Theater 1

The Other Irene




Directed by Andrei Gruzsniczki — U.S. Premiere
Original title: Cealaltă Irina
Romania, 2009, 95 minutes


[NEW RELEASES | FEATURES]

Both screenings followed by Q & A with actors Andi Vasluianu and Vlad Ivanov

“Sharing themes as it does with some of the finest European thrillers – such as the nerve-wrecking The Vanishing (George Sluizer, 1988) – it’s hard to believe The Other Irene is, in fact, based on a true story.  It reveals a political and bureaucratic landscape that is truly eerie.  The clean cinematography, especially apparent in the mall where Aurel works, beautifully emphasizes the main character’s solitude and actor Andi Vasluianu performs the brooding desperation inside this antihero with incredible delicacy.” — Cambridge Film Festival

More about the film


Sun, December 6
2:15 p.m.
Theater 2





 

Hooked 


Directed by Adrian Sitaru
Original title: Pescuit sportiv
Romania/France, 2008, 84 minutes
Winner — NewVoices/New Vision, Palm Springs Film Festival

[NEW RELEASES | FEATURES]

An ordinary couple is about to have a life changing experience.  After causing a car accident in which a young prostitute is left dead, the woman asks the man to keep everything a secret.  However, the prostitute is very much alive and she’s ready to confront them, no matter what. Hooked’s naturalistic, handheld visual style complements the psychological complexity of the screenplay.

More about the film


Sun, December 6
4:00 p.m.
Theater 2

Suprise film

[NEW RELEASES | FEATURES]

Join us for the first U.S. preview of a new Romanian production to be released in 2010.


Sun, December 6
4:15 p.m.
Theater 1




Katalin Varga

Directed by Peter Strickland — U.S. Premiere
Romania/UK/Hungary , 2009, 82 minutes

[NEW RELEASES | FEATURES]

When her husband learns that he’s not the father of their son Orbán, Katalin is banished by her husband and her village, and left with no other choice than to set out on a quest to find the real father of her son. Taking Orbán with her under other pretences, Katalin travels through the Carpathians where she decides to reopen a sinister chapter from her past and take revenge. The hunt leads her to a place, she prayed eleven years prior, she would never set foot in again.

More about the film


Sun, December 6
6:30 p.m.
Theater 1




Silent Wedding 


Directed by Horaţiu Mălăele — U.S. Premiere
Original title: Nunta mută
Romania, 2008, 87 minutes

[NEW RELEASES | FEATURES]

Screening followed by Q & A with director Horaţiu Mălăele

Romania, 1953. In a small village, a young couple is about to get married.   Guests arrive, the banquet is ready and everything is prepared for the ceremony. Unexpectedly, the Russian Army shows up, Stalin’s death is announced, and mandatory national mourning is declared. All other celebrations are banned. The villagers however are not easily defeated, and decide to celebrate against all odds.  A story about resistance during harsh communist times — Silent Wedding is a modern fairytale that jockeys between past and present through a strong narrative rife with tears and laughter.

More about the film


Sun, December 6
7:00 p.m.
Theater 2




Police, Adjective 

Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu
Original title: Poliţist, adj.
Romania, 2009, 115 minutes – An IFC Films release
Official selection of Romania for the 82nd Academy Awards
Official Selection — New York Film Festival
Winner — Grand Jury Prize and FIPRESCI Prize, Cannes Film Festival

Closing Night Film

[NEW RELEASES | FEATURES]

Screening followed by Q & A with actor Vlad Ivanov

This beautifully acted, modern morality play from Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu features what may be movie history’s most absurdly protracted police sting operation, designed to catch a lone high school student in the act of selling drugs. Cristi, the cop assigned to the case, realizes the futility of the mission, though his attempts to convince his bureaucratic superiors are met with contempt, derision, and the reminder that it is not his place to question the letter of the law. But letters and laws — of both the legal and grammatical kind — are very much on Porumboiu’s mind as the long, nearly wordless scenes of the film’s first half give way to a show-stopping final act of Stoppardian verbosity in which cop and police chief (unforgettably played by Vlad Ivanov) engage in an exhilarating verbal tennis match about conscience, personal morality and the true meaning of language. (New York Film Festival) 

More about the film


Sun, December 6
8:30 p.m.
Theater 1


 






Shorts


Same as Shorts Program above.


For Him (Pentru el),
directed by Stanca Radu
Romania, 2009, 9 minutes
Cast: Andreea Grămoşteanu

Tarantyno directed by Mircea Nestor
Romania, 2009, 16 minutes
Cast: Bogdan Cotlet, Antonia Ionescu Micu, Costi Dită

Renovation (Renovare) directed by Paul Negoescu
Romania, 2009, 24 minutes
Cast: Simona Bondoc, Clara Vodă, Mircea Rusu, Andrei Runcanu, Diana Cavallioti

11 PM directed by Alexandru Sava
Romania, 2009, 12 minutes
Cast: Răzvan Tache, Răzvan Barseti, Dragos Dănilă, Marius Times, Sebastian Grigore, Alexandru Sava, Dan Ilies

Bric-Brac directed by Gabriel Achim
Romania, 2009, 18 minutes
Cast: Paul Ipate, Ioana Blaj, Gabriel Achim

Oli’s Wedding (Nunta lui Oli) directed by Tudor Jurgiu
Romania, 2009, 21 minutes
Cast: Adrian Titieni, Alexandru Gâtstrâmb, George Costea, Ioan Cortea, Alexandra Fasola, Vlad Rădescu


Mon, December 7
8:30 p.m.
Romanian Cultural Institute
 

FREE ADMISSION

SPECIAL EVENT
The Actors of the New Romanian Wave


Meet actors Vlad Ivanov, Horatiu Malaele and Andi Vasluianu for a late happy hour session of quizzes, drinks and fun.



All films will be screened in the original language with English subtitles, introduced by Romanian film critics.

 

 

By joining our mailing list we will keep you up to date with the Institute's latest cultural events.

Join Us Today!
CONTACT

Romanian Cultural Institute, New York
200 East 38th Street
New York, NY 10016 (at 3rd Avenue)
Tel: 212-687-0180

Office hours:
Monday-Friday: 9am-1pm & 3pm-6pm

Library Hours:
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 10am-1pm
Tuesday & Friday: 3pm-6pm

Events News Dossiers Gold Agenda About
© 2013 Romanian Cultural Institute New York, www.icrny.org