All screenings and special events take place at THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER 165 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues. Venues include: WRT: Walter Reade Theater EBMFC: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
Tickets: $13 General Public/ $9 Students & Seniors/ $8 Film Society Members.
SEE FOUR & SAVE! Four-Film Package: $36 General Public/ $32 Students & Seniors/ $28 Film Society Members.
All panels and conversations, as well as a selected number of screenings in the EBMFC, are FREE. All free events are marked as such.
BEYOND The 6th Annual Romanian Film Festival in NYC
Running November 30 - December 6 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Tickets are now on sale!
The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York and the Film Society of Lincoln Center are pleased to announce the line-up for the 6th Annual Romanian Film Festival in New York. After five successful years at Tribeca Cinemas, the festival will move to the Film Society of Lincoln Center and will take place from November 30 – December 6. The 2011 edition of the film festival will be dedicated to the memory of Romanian film critic Alex Leo Serban.
"There's no greater reward or recognition," says Corina Şuteu, director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, as well as the initiator and chair of the festival, "than being invited by the Film Society of Lincoln Center to partner in presenting the festival starting this year. I am confident that our consistent work around the inspiring Romanian New Wave achieved such institutional legitimacy. I also am hopeful this is only a new beginning."
"Welcoming the Romanian Film Festival to Lincoln Center feels like a homecoming of sorts," says Film Society Associate Program Director Scott Foundas. "In 2008, the Film Society had the pleasure of working together with the Cultural Institute on a major retrospective of classic and contemporary Romanian cinema, and we are delighted to now present another dynamic program on the 10th anniversary of the Romanian New Wave.”
This year's festival not only offers a change in location and partnership but also in scope and structure. Previous editions of the festival featured an emphasis on showcasing the best and most recent films from Romania’s contemporary cinema, but this year sees an expansion in offering a week-long presentation for the first time ever, offering an overview on the latest Romanian premieres - such as Marian Crisan's MORGEN, Constantin Popescu's PRINCIPLES OF LIFE, Catalin Mitulescu's LOVERBOY, Bogdan George Apetri's OUTBOUND or Radu Gabrea's RED GLOVES – as well as a broad array of special programs providing a more complex perspective on Romanian Cinema.
Romanian Film Festival artistic director, Mihai Chirilov says, “This year's selection of new features shows there is room for innovation and exploration beyond the already celebrated aesthetics of the recent wave of Romanian films. In one way or another, the characters in these movies are driven to go beyond – borders, routine, mundane reality, even themselves. Joining these films are treasures from the past that deserve to be rediscovered, completing the whole picture of contemporary Romanian cinema.”
First and foremost, the festival will honor Liviu Ciulei, one of the legendary masters of Romanian theatre and film, who passed away this October. NYC audiences will get a chance to see, in new prints, produced with the support of the Romanian National Film Center, the very first U.S. retrospective of Ciulei's outstanding directing career.
The festival's second major event will focus on director Radu Muntean, one of the most active directors of the Romanian New Wave. One of the toasts of the 2010 Cannes and New York Film Festivals for his masterful marital drama TUESDAY, AFTER CHRISTMAS, Muntean returns for a retrospective of his remarkable body of work.
Other special events include a celebration of the New Romanian cinema, featuring the 10-year anniversary screening of Cristi Puiu's seminal debut STUFF AND DOUGH, followed by a panel discussion with top U.S. and European critics.
Additional guests attending the festival will include directors Marian Crisan (MORGEN), Radu Gabrea (RED GLOVES), Bogdan George Apetri (OUTBOUND), Mona Nicoara (OUR SCHOOL), actors Irina Petrescu (DANUBE WAVES, THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER), Vlad Ivanov (PRINCIPLES OF LIFE, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS and POLICE, ADJECTIVE), Gabriel Spahiu (ADALBERT’S DREAM, THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU and HIGH TENSION), Anamaria Marinca (BOOGIE and 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS), film critics Magda Mihailescu and Jay Weissberg, and Tudor Giurgiu, the president of long time partner, Transilvania International Film Festival.
The Romanian Film Festival in New York City was initiated in 2006 as a partnership of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York (RCINY) with the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) and Tribeca Cinemas. The partnership with TIFF, Romania’s leading film festival, which continues this year, has extended beyond the NYC festival to facilitate the presence of American film professionals to the past two editions of TIFF, an initiative that will continue and expand. Initiated and chaired by Corina Şuteu, director of RCINY, the festival selection committee also includes Mihai Chirilov, Artistic Director, Scott Foundas, Associate Program Director of FSLC, and Oana Radu.
Tickets are now on sale both at the box office and on-line. A 4-ticket festival package is also available.
Here is the lineup:
Tickets are now on sale both at the Walter Reade Theater’s box office and online at FilmLinc.com. A Four-Film Package is also available.
Directed by Marian Crisan FEATURES | Romania, 2010, 100 minutes | NY PREMIERE This foreign Oscar submission is a charming fish-out-of-water tale about a supermarket security guard who quietly fights an obtuse system in order to smuggle a Kurdish immigrant across the border. Director Marian Crisan in person.
Directed by Radu Muntean RADU MUNTEAN RETROSPECTIVE | Romania, 2008, 102 minutes Dragos Bucur and Anamaria Marinca star in Muntean’s dramatic comedy about a young father pining for his bachelor days. Introduced by Radu Muntean and actress Anamaria Marinca.
Directed by Radu Gabrea FEATURES | Romania-Germany, 2010, 120 minutes | US PREMIERE A Saxon writer is pressured to incriminate colleagues during months of interrogation and torture, in an unsettling adaptation from the Schlattner novel. Q&A w/Director Radu Gabrea.
Directed by Mona Nicoara & Miruna Coca-Cozma DOCS | Romania-USA-Switzerland, 2011, 93 minutes This affectionate verité doc observes the tribulations of three Roma children facing prejudice in a small Transylvanian town. Q&A w/Director Mona Nicoară.
FRI, Dec 2
1:00 pm - 6:30pm | EBMFC SHORTS PROGRAM 132 minutes. Continuous screenings from 1 pm to 6:30 pm. The best of this year’s shorts including STOPOVER, written by Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), European Academy Award nominee SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN OR BATMAN by Tudor Giurgiu (Lovesick) and the offbeat, Kaurismaki-like BORA BORA. FREE ADMISSION
Directed by Bogdan Mirica Wishing to put an end to his bad luck while living in a drought-affected area, a man commits to work for a foreigner, unaware of the fact that he is becoming involved in illegal activities. Winner of Best Romanian Short at 2011 Transilvania IFF.
Directed by Luiza Parvu In this graduation short that graciously recalls Wong Kar-wai’s IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, two young actors, Olimpia and Edi, meet in an Irish pub in downtown Bucharest and start rehearsing for their next film.
Directed by Anca Miruna Lazarescu Romania, 1986. Gregor and Vali want to get away, swimming across the Danube to Yugoslavia. Both need each other, yet there is mutual distrust. One night Gregor finds his doubts confirmed. In the end only hope is left. A 2011 Berlin Film Festival selection.
Directed by Ioana Uricaru Ingrid is a beautiful and cosmopolitan Romanian woman married to a Norwegian. While waiting for her connecting flight in an Italian airport, her wallet is stolen and she’s left without any documents and money. This subtle story about compromise competed in Sundance 2011.
Directed by Victor Dragomir Viorel, a nerd from the smithing class in a Communist-era professional school, enters a rivet-manufacturing contest hoping to win the attention and affection of Ileana, a schoolmate from the sewing class. Yet another ironic but endearing tale from the Golden Age.
SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN OR BATMAN
Tudor Giurgiu. Aron, a 5-year-old boy, sets out with his worried father on a journey, and at the end, he wants to save his mother suffering from a heart condition, like a superhero. From the director of LOVE SICK.
Directed by Marian Crisan FEATURES | Romania, 2010, 100 minutes | NY PREMIERE This foreign Oscar submission is a charming fish-out-of-water tale about a supermarket security guard who quietly fights an obtuse system in order to smuggle a Kurdish immigrant across the border. Q&A w/Director Marian Crisan.
Directed by Liviu Ciulei LIVIU CIULEI RETROSPECTIVE | Romania, 1957, 108 minutes | US PREMIERE Ciulei’s impressive debut feature is a proto-THERE WILL BE BLOOD, set in an abandoned oil town where a few drillers linger on, hoping to strike black gold. NEW PRINT.
Directed by Liviu Ciulei LIVIU CIULEI RETROSPECTIVE | Romania, 1964, 154 minutes Ciulei’s epic account of a Romanian lieutenant in the Austro-Hungarian army during the most brutal days of WWI was the first Romanian feature to get widespread international attention. Winner Best Director Award, Cannes. Introduced by film critic Magda Mihăilescu.
FRI, December 2, 7:00 pm & 8:15 pm | EBMFC
DIGGING FOR LIFE
Directed by Pavel Cuzuioc DOCS | Romania, 2011, 55 minutes | US PREMIERE A fascinating documentary about the only living inhabitants – the gravediggers – of Moldova’s Cemetery of St. Lazar, one of the largest in all of Europe. FREE ADMISSION
Directed by Liviu Ciulei LIVIU CIULEI RETROSPECTIVE | Romania, 1959, 110 minutes | US PREMIERE Ciulei’s gripping second feature recalls the best of Fritz Lang in its WWII-era tale of three people crossing the Nazi-mined Danube on a barge. Karlo Vivary Golden Crystal Winner. Introduced by actress Irina Petrescu NEW PRINT.
FRI, December 2
8:00 to 9:00pm - VIP HOUR: A special evening of practical theater exercises with legendary director Andrei Serban.A unique opportunity to glimpse into the world of a master and learn about his passions while experiencing his teaching method first hand. PURCHASE TICKETS 9:00 to 11:30pm - RECEPTION. Hors d’ouvres & cocktails will be served. PURCHASE TICKETS
WRT - Furman Gallery
A STARRY NIGHT WITH ANDREI ŞERBAN
SPECIAL FUNDRAISING EVENT SUPPORTING THE ANDREI ŞERBAN TRAVELING ACADEMY, organised by MARA Society in collaboration with RCINY and FSLC
On the occasion of the 6th Romanian Film Festival in NYC and its Liviu Ciulei Restrospective, MARA Society has joined the festival co-presenters to honor the luminaries of Romanian theater and film, and the actors and directors at the forefront of the Romanian Cinema Renaissance, and to organize a fundraising event for the support of a leading initiatve of the Romanian Cultural Institute - the Andrei Şerban Traveling Academy. Proceeds from both events detailed below will be donated to sponsor the talented young Romanian theater and film students attending the workshops of the next edition of the Academy.
SAT, Dec 3
SAT, December 3, 2:00 pm, EBMFC
CONVERSATION WITH IRINA PETRESCU
SPECIAL EVENT | ROMANIAN ONLY Irina Petrescu made her screen debut in 1959 with DANUBE WAVES and went on to become one of the most refined Romanian film and theater actresses. She will meet the audience in a conversation conducted by RCINY director Corina Suteu, talking about her impressive career and this edition's honoree, director Liviu Ciulei, who discovered and put her on the film map. COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE AT THE BOX OFFICE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.
SAT, December 3, 4:00 pm - 11:00pm | EBMFC
132 minutes. Continuous screenings from 4 pm to 11 pm. The best of this year’s shorts including STOPOVER, written by Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), European Academy Award nominee SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN OR BATMAN by Tudor Giurgiu and the offbeat, Kaurismaki-like BORA BORA. FREE ADMISSION
Directed by Alexandru Maftei FEATURES | Romania, 2010, 105 minutes | NY PREMIERE Maftei’s witty romantic comedy of errors sees an estranged husband and wife searching for their soul-mates online and entering into an affair… with each other. Introduced by actress Ana Popescu.
Directed by Constantin Popescu FEATURES | Romania, 2010, 95 minutes | US PREMIERE The great Vlad Ivanov (of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and Police, Adjective) stars as a harried husband and father in this insightful comedy of the everyday. Q&A w/actor Vlad Ivanov.
Directed by Catalin Mitulescu FEATURES | Romania-Sweden-Serbia, 2011, 95 minutes | NY PREMIERE A loverboy’s routine is challenged and the hunter becomes the hunted in this gritty study on human trafficking from the director of THE WAY I SPENT THE END OF THE WORLD.
Directed by Bogdan George Apetri FEATURES | Romania-Austria, 2010, 87 minutes This fast-paced drama follows a hard-edged female convict on a day-pass who plans to flee the country. Q&A w/Director Bogdan George Apetri.
SUN, December 4, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm | EBMFC
KAPITALISM:OUR IMPROVED FORMULA
Directed by Alexandru Solomon DOCS | Romania-France, 2010, 77 minutes | NY PREMIERE This incisive documentary portrait of Romanian capitalism and the new ruling class exposes its roots in the communist past, with unprecedented access to fearless top magnates. FREE ADMISSION
Directed by Cristi Puiu SPECIAL: 10 YEARS | Romania, 2001, 90 minutes The debut feature by the director of THE DEATH OF MR LAZARESCU and AURORA is a seriocomic, Jarmusch-esque road movie about three slacker teens making a delivery for a small-time gangster. Introduced by film critic Jay Weissberg.
Followed by 5:30 pm | EBMFC New Romanian Cinema: The Tipping Point ROUNDTABLE TALK | SPECIAL: 10 YEARS Much had been said about the rise and consistent relevance of New Romanian Cinema in the last 10 years, but few have looked beyond its current appeal in order to explore the circumstances that led to the renaissance. In this panel discussion, a handful of knowledgeable film critics will investigate "why Romania" and "why now", the precipitating factors behind this resurgence, and how a small country's cinema can make a big difference. The discussion - timed to the 10-year anniversary screening of the first prominent film of the Romanian New Wave, Cristi Puiu's STUFF AND DOUGH - will be conducted by Corina Suteu, the director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York. Speakers: Jay Weissberg (film reviewer, Variety), Magda Mihailescu (film critic), Scott Foundas (Associate Program Director, Film Society of Lincoln Center), Mihai Chirilov (artistic director Transilvania International Film Festival) and more. FREE ADMISSION
Directed by Radu Muntean RADU MUNTEAN RETROSPECTIVE | Romania, 2003, 82 minutes | US PREMIERE Muntean’s accomplished debut follows a pair of delinquent teens (Dragos Bucur and Andi Vasluianu) on the run from the gypsy gang leader to whom they owe $7000. Q&Aw/Director Radu Muntean and actor Andi Vasluianu.
Directed by Gabriel Achim FEATURES | Romania, 2010, 101 minutes | US PREMIERE Cleverly shot with old-school VHS technology, this wry, fact-based black comedy follows a group of factory workers as they prepare for a Communist Party anniversary celebration. Q&A w/actor Gabriel Spahiu.
Directed by Radu Muntean RADU MUNTEAN RETROSPECTIVE | Romania, 2010, 95 minutes Paul (Mimi Branescu) must choose between his wife of 10 years (Mirela Oprisor) and his mistress (Maria Popistasu) in Muntean’s singular stripped-down look at adultery. Q&A w/Director Radu Muntean.
Directed by Radu Muntean & Alexandru Baciu RADU MUNTEAN RETROSPECTIVE | Romania, 2011, 62 minutes | WORLD PREMIERE, presented courtesy of HBO Romania Muntean gives a compassionate look of long-term convicts who found their soul-mates while confined, in this clean-cut, nonjudgmental documentary. Q&A w/Director Radu Muntean.
Directed by Radu Muntean RADU MUNTEAN RETROSPECTIVE | Romania, 2006, 95 minutes Muntean plunges us into the confusion of Dec. 22, 1989, the moment of Ceausescu’s overthrow, as seen from the POV of a military tank command. Introduced by actor Andi Vasluianu.
Followed by A CONVERSATION WITH RADU MUNTEAN, hosted by Film Society Associate Program Director, Scott Foundas.
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