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Romanian Film Festival in Seattle

The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York (RCINY) and the American Romanian Cultural Society (ARCS) in Seattle proudly present:

Romanian Film Festival in Seattle "One Eye Laughing, One Eye Crying: [Be] Longing"
3rd Edition

November 18-20, 2016
SIFF Cinema Uptown
511 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

For more information:
romanianfilmfestseattle.com/
http://romanianfilmfestseattle.com/program
http://www.siff.net/
The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York (RCINY) and the American Romanian Cultural Society (ARCS) in Seattle proudly present:

Romanian Film Festival in Seattle "One Eye Laughing, One Eye Crying: [Be] Longing"
3rd Edition

November 18-20, 2016
SIFF Cinema Uptown
511 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
http://www.siff.net/

Program:

Pre-festival events: Screening of Aliyah DaDa
Monday, Nov 14
1:00 PM, at The New School, School of Media Studies, Kellen Auditorium (66 Fifth Avenue, Ground Floor, New York, NY 10011)
Wednesday, Nov 16
6:30 PM, at Temple Beth Am (2632 NE 80th St, Seattle, WA 98115)
Director Oana Giurgiu attending. Free screening with limited seating.

FESTIVAL

Friday, Nov 18

07:00 PM
Why Me?
2015, (drama, thriller), 2h 5m, d. Tudor Giurgiu
Q/A with director Tudor Giurgiu and producer Oana Giurgiu, moderated by Monica Filimon

09:30 PM
Opening Cocktail Party
Join ARCS and the Romanian Film Festival's special guests in celebrating the opening of the festival's third edition at SIFF Cinema Uptown.
Open-door gala. All are welcome.

Saturday, Nov 19

10:25 AM
Aliyah DaDa
2015, (documentary), 1h 55m, d. Oana Giurgiu
Q/A with director Oana Giurgiu, moderated by Monica Filimon

01:05 PM
Dogs
2016, (drama), 1h 44m, d. Bogdan Mirica
Moderated by Robert Horton

03:30 PM
Why Me?
2015, (drama, thriller), 2h 5m, d. Tudor Giurgiu
Q/A with director Tudor Giurgiu and producer Oana Giurgiu, moderated by Monica Filimon

06:10 PM
Silent Wedding
2008, (comedy, drama), 1h 27m, d. Horatiu Malaele
Q/A with director Horatiu Malaele, moderated by Monica Filimon

Sunday, Nov 20

10:25 AM
Mercy Street
2016, (animation, 3D), 1h 14m, d. Stefan & Alexandru Buzea, Nicolae Radu
Moderated by Monica Filimon

12:20 PM
Dogs
2016, (drama), 1h 44m, d. Bogdan Mirica
Moderated by Robert Horton

02:50 PM
By the Rails
2016, (drama), 1h 28m, d. Catalin Mitulescu
Moderated by Maryna Ajaja

05:00 PM
Happy Funerals
2013, (comedy), 1h 51m min, d. Horatiu Malaele
Q/A with director Horatiu Malaele, moderated by Monica Filimon

Post-festival event: Sunt un orb (I'm a Blind Man)
Monday, Nov 21
7:00 PM, at Kirkland Performance Center (350 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033)
Legendary Romanian actor Horatiu Malaele will perform an extraordinary one-man show. (Performance in Romanian)

For more information:
romanianfilmfestseattle.com/
http://romanianfilmfestseattle.com/program

Trailers:
Aliyah DaDa : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnE2mBynpes
Why Me? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU3FukXdiBk
Dogs : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2KznXCOT6M
Silent Wedding : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoRZBEpbqyA
Mercy Street : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsKZ32PSmkA
By the Rails : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE_brOVaWH8
Happy Funerals : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwZSr2U-yRw

Special guests:

Famous Romanian actor, director and cartoonist Horatiu Malaele, was born in 1952, in Targu Jiu, Romania. He had his first art exhibit in 12th grade. In 1975, he graduated from the Institute of Theater and Cinema in Bucharest. He began his professional acting career on the stage of the National Theater in Piatra Neamt. He then moved to Bucharest and has performed at legendary theaters such as the Nottara, Odeon, Bulandra, etc., where he has had many roles of great success. He started his career as a theater director with shows such as a Princely Feast by Theodor Mazilu, The Flea by Georges Faydeau, or Carlo against Carlo by Paul Ioachim, for which he won the Romanian Comedy Festival Prize, in 1994. He made his cinema debut in 1974, in The Hidden Mountain. He also directed movies such as The Hat (2004), Silent Wedding (2008) and Happy Funerals (2013). He had over 30 art exhibits and published an autobiographical book called Horatiu about Malaele, as well as Wanderings, a collection of short episodes, aphorisms, and memories.

Tudor Giurgiu is a prominent filmmaker and producer born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He is member of the European Film Academy and was CEO of Romanian National Television, TVR, between 2005 and 2007. Tudor Giurgiu is the founder and President of Romanian Film Promotion and its premier event, the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), the most prestigious film-related event in Romania, considered by Indiewire as one of the "world's top 50 leading film festivals". He was one of the 24 leaders across the globe who participated in 2014 at the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowships program. He directed and produced documentaries, shorts and full-length films presented at numerous film festivals worldwide. His feature films include Love Sick(Berlinale, 2006-Panorama) and Of Snails and Men (Romanian box office hit in 2012), screened at the Romanian Film Festival in Seattle in 2014, together with his short, Superman, Spiderman or Batman (winner of the European Film Academy Award for the Best European Short Film in 2011). We are thrilled to have him with us to talk about his latest movie Why Me? (Berlinale, 2015-Panorama), an unsettling legal thriller based on a real case of corruption in present-day Romania.

Oana Giurgiu was born in Bucharest and studied Law and Journalism. She started her career in the film industry as a director of documentaries for the Romanian Television. Since 2002, Oana Giurgiu has been part of the executive board of the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF). In 2004, she worked with Cristi Puiu as locations director for The Death of Mr. Lazarescu. She was production manager for Kornel Mundruczo's Delta (FIPRESCI award at Cannes, 2008) and Peter Strickland's Katalin Varga (Silver Bear, Berlinale 2009). She produced several of Tudor Giurgiu's films, such as Love Sick (2006), Of Snails and Men (2012) and Why Me? (2015), as well as Calin Peter Netzer's Child's Pose (2014). In 2015, she directed the documentary Aliyah DaDa that explores the history of Romanian Jews and their emigration to Palestine. She is currently working on Occasional Spies, a film dealing with a little-known WWII story about a group of young Jewish people from Palestine sent by the British Intelligence on a suicide mission behind enemy lines.

Monica Filimon was born in Romania and moved to the United States in 2003. She is currently an assistant Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers (2011) and has published articles on French, German and Romanian cinema. She is now working on a book about Cristi Puiu's relevance to Romanian and world cinema. We are looking forward to welcoming her in Seattle at our festival for the second time, as a moderator and presenter.

Robert Horton is the film critic for Seattle Weekly and the Everett Herald, and a longtime contributor to Film Comment. He curated the Magic Lantern film-discussion program at the Frye Art Museum for ten years, teaches film at Seattle University, and is a guest speaker for Smithsonian Journeys. His books include Frankenstein (Columbia University Press) and Billy Wilder: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi) as well as the zombie-Western graphic novel Rotten (Moonstone Books), and he blogs on movies at The Crop Duster (roberthorton.wordpress.com). He is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. In 2012 he curated the Museum of History & Industry's "Celluloid Seattle: A City at the Movies" exhibit.

Maryna Ajaja is a programmer/selector since 1997 for SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival), a twenty-five day film festival of over 400 films, that includes features, documentaries, archival films, animation, experimental, short films, and film forums. Ajaja is a writer and a poet and specializes in films from Eastern/Central European, Russia, Baltics, Central Asia, and the Caucusus. Born in Hollywood, she makes her home in Seattle, Washington since 1969.

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