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Romanian Film Festival in Seattle

Romanian Film Festival in Seattle
4th Edition

November 17-19, 2017

SIFF Cinema Uptown
511 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
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: Tales from Afar"
4th Edition

November 17-19, 2017

SIFF Cinema Uptown
511 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109


Two Lottery Tickets
2016, 86 minutes, directed by Paul Negoescu
Friday, Nov 17 / Opening Night Gala & Sunday, Nov 19

The Rest is Silence
2007, 114 minutes, directed by Nae Caranfil
Saturday, Nov 18

This Baba
2014, 31 minutes, directed by Bogdan Darev
Saturday, Nov 18

2016, 173 minutes, directed by Cristi Puiu
Saturday, Nov 18

Breaking News
2017, 81 minutes, directed by Iulia Rugină
Saturday, Nov 18

Scarred Hearts
2016, 141 minutes, directed by Radu Jude
Sunday, Nov 19

The New Gypsy Kings
2016, 59 minutes, directed by Liviu Tipuriță
Sunday, Nov 19

Back Home
2015, 91 minutes, directed by Andrei Cohn
Sunday, Nov 19

All films have English subtitles.

Special guests:

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. Informed and enlightening, her most recent book Cristi Puiu (University of Illinois Press, 2017) is the first comprehensive study on this important twenty-first century filmmaker.

Ioana Flora is a preeminent Romanian theater and film actress, born and raised in Serbia. One of her most important lead roles was in Cristi Puiu's Stuff and Dough, the first Romanian picture selected in 2001 at Cannes and considered as the starting point of the internationally acclaimed New Romanian Cinema. She received many prestigious prizes, among which the Best Actress Award at the Thessaloniki Film Festival for Hooked (2008), directed by Adrian Sitaru, Best Supporting Role for Outbound (2012), directed by Bogdan Apetri, Best Romanian Film Artist in 2012, the Best Actress Award at the Aubagne International Film Festival for A Long Story (2014), directed by Jorien van Nes. In 2014 she was awarded the Best Actress Award by the Romanian Cinema Union for her part in Deja Vu. She recently received the Best Leading Role Award for Back Home (2016), directed by Andrei Cohn, and the Best Actress Award from the Romanian Cinema Union (2016).

Iulia Rugină is a Romanian movie director. Since 2002, she has co-written and directed 10 shorts and 3 features. Her debut film, Love Building, a micro-budget comedy, was ranked 2nd in the local box office and was followed by the film’s sequel, Another Love Building. She has just completed her third feature, Breaking News, which was screened and awarded at Karlovy Vary IFF and has started its theatre circuit in September. Highly involved in film education, she is currently teaching Screenwriting at the National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest and is pursuing a Ph.D. focused on the low budget phenomenon in world cinema.

Paul Negoescu (b.1984, Bucharest) graduated from the Film Directing Program of the National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest. He directed several short films that were awarded and selected in many international film festivals, including Cannes (Semaine de la Critique - 2012), Berlin (2008, 2009 and 2010), Karlovy Vary, Slamdance or Rotterdam. Two of his short films - Renovation and Derby - were nominated at the European Film Academy Awards in 2009 and 2011. His first feature film, A Month in Thailand, premiered at the Venice Film Festival (International Critics' Week) in 2012 and was awarded with the FIPRESCI Prize in the Sofia International Film Festival. His second feature film, Two Lottery Tickets, a micro-budget independent film, became the most successful Romanian film at the box office in the modern era of film distribution and it was also very well received by critics and festivals. He is currently in post-production with his third feature film, Never Let It Go.

Bogdan Darev is a Bulgarian emigrant of 22 years, who is still very connected to his heritage. A gifted producer/director, he recognizes the role of film in preserving and celebrating cultures across the globe. His most recent documentary film endeavor Kaval Park is far from about and for Bulgarians only, but an important document of authenticity for all cultures to recognize a part of themselves in. With his documentary This Baba, Bogdan Darev proved that a documentary journey can also be a cinematic one, a visual poem full of music, emotion and stories for audiences across all ages and cultures to connect to. In addition to documentary films, he continues to express himself in music videos, photography, literature and is currently developing several fictional film projects.

Singer Penka Encheva immigrated to America to care for her grandchildren at age 67. Unexpectedly, and to her greatest joy, she recorded her first CD a year later. She loves her weekly meetings with the Bulgarian Voices of Seattle Women's Choir and is honored to be a guest at the Romanian Film Festival.

Mary Sherhart is a Seattle-based musician who specializes in traditional singing from the Balkans. She is a performer, teacher, choir director, producer, board member, and student in a Master program in Cultural Management.

Side events:

Friday, Nov 10 - Seattle Art Museum
"Songs from Afar" - a fusion concert with jazz musicians Lucian Ban & Elevation Quartet from New York, and their special guests Gavril Țărmure (voice) from Romania and Seattle–based Angela Drăghicescu (piano).

Thursday, Nov 16 - University of Washington / UW Seattle Campus, The Ellison Center - Thomson Hall Room 317
New York-based film critic and professor Monica Filimon will sign copies of her new book Cristi Puiu (University of Illinois Press, 2017) and deliver a talk about the beginnings of New Romanian cinema, with a specific focus on the black comedy The Death of Mr. Lazarescu.

This year's edition of the Festival is made possible with additional support from 4Culture, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Washington, local sponsors and private donors.

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