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Films

This year’s edition entitled “STORIES IN MOTION: CHARTERING PATHS IN ROMANIAN CINEMA” brings a selection of Romanian films representing student shorts and
the most recent feature films from accoladed filmmakers.

Miracle

Directed by Bogdan George Apetri

2021, 118 min, Drama
Writing: Bogdan George Apetri, Cinematography Oleg Mutu
Cast: Ioana Bugarin, Emanuel Parvu, Cezar Antal, Ovidiu Crisan, Valeriu Andriuta Valentin Popescu, Marian Râlea

 

A young nun sneaks out of her monastery to attend an urgent matter but never makes it back and a police detective's investigation into her fate uncovers clues and revelations that lead not only to the truth but a miracle as well.

 

Best Film, Tertio Millenio Film Fest 2021

Best Film, Warsaw International Film Festival 2021

Best Feature Film, Transilvania International Film Festival 2022

 

Trailer: https://youtu.be/5qb131E-qjE

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Unidentified 

Directed by Bogdan George Apetri

2020, 163 min, Drama
Writing: Bogdan George Apetri, Ion Postelnicu, Cinematography Oleg Mutu, Cast: Bogdan Farcas, Dragos Dumitru, Vasile Muraru

 

An unsolved case. An unknown criminal. An obsessed cop. His investigation plunges him into a world of darkness and violence, pulling everyone around him into a web of destructive passion and revenge.

 

Special Jury Award, Warsaw International Film Festival 2020

Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Screenplay, Best Sound, Gopo Awards, Romania 2022

 

Trailer: https://youtu.be/J-xHUYp8y1Y

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R.M.N.

Directed by Cristian Mungiu

2022, 125 min, Drama
Writing: Cristian Mungiu, Camera: Tudor Vladimir Panduru. Cast: Marin Grigore, Judith State, Macrina Bârlădeanu, Andrei Finti.

 

 "The Romanian director delivers a highly charged, deeply pessimistic allegory of intolerance in small-town, multi-ethnic Transylvania." Jessica Kiang, Variety

 

Best Screenplay, Dublin International Film Festival 2023

Best Narative Feature, Crested Butte Film Festival 2022

 

Trailer: https://youtu.be/RrHTB0k9XyU

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Men of Deeds

Directed by Paul Negoescu

2022 105 min, Comedy
Cinematography: Ana Draghici

Writing: Radu Romaniuc, Ana Cast: Iulian Postelnicu, Anghel Damian, Vasile Muraru

 

Ilie (late 30s) enjoys the easy life of a village policeman. His passivity during a series of violent events soon turns him into an accomplice to murder. Tension accumulates in the village, forcing Ilie to make a final decision.

 

Best Film, Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film 2022

Best Film, Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 2022

Award for Outstanding Individual Performance for Iulian Postelnicu, Film Festival Cottbus - Festival of East European Cinema 2022

 

Trailer: https://youtu.be/j-8uEjs8dvQ

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Metronom

Directed by Alexandru Belc

2022, 93 min, drama 
Writing: Alexandru Belc Cinematography: Tudor Vladimir Panduru Cast: Mara Bugarin, Vlad Ivanov, Serban Lazarovici, Mihai Calin

 

Romania, the autumn of the year 1972. Ana, a 17 year-old teenager, finds out that her boyfriend will flee the country for good in a few days. The two lovers decide to spend their last days together.

Un Certain Regard - Directing Prize for Alexandru Belc, Cannes Film Festival 2022

Winner The Nechama Rivilin Award for Best International Film, Jerusalem Film Festival 2022

 

Trailer: https://youtu.be/Adm1yNW34GE

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Almanah Cinema
6 short movies 

Directed by Radu Jude

The Potemkinists, Caricaturana, 2021, 9 min, Amintiri de pe Frontul de Est, co-regizor Adrian Cioflâncă, 2022, 30 min., Cele două execuții ale Mareșalului, 2018, 10 min., A pedepsi, a supraveghea, 2019, 13 min.,  Plastic semiotic, 2021, 22 min..

Written by: Radu Jude / Produced by: Ada Solomon / Cinematography: Marius Panduru / Cast: Alexandru Dabija, Cristina Draghici

 

Another of Radu Jude’s fascinating impromptu history lessons. This time, the tireless director mixes fiction and video essay to look at the story behind the Russian battleship Potemkin, famous also for its depiction in Eisenstein’s film, and how the revolutionary mutineers sought asylum in Constanţa. The protagonists, a sculptor who wants to build a monument to the sailors and a doubtful official from the Ministry of Culture, discuss and thus reveal the conglomerate of our times: confusion, absurdity, idealism and a lost sense for what is right and what is wrong. (Patrick Holzapfel)
 

Best European Short Film, Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival 2022

 

Trailer: https://youtu.be/ff4uUkaKV5Q

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Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

Directed by Radu Jude

Not suitable for people under 16

2021, 106 min, Comedy

Writing: Radu Jude, Cinematography Marius Panduru
Cast: Katia Pascariu, Claudia Ieremia, Vasile Nicodim Ungureanu

 

Emi, a school teacher, finds her career and reputation under threat after a personal sex tape is leaked on the Internet. Forced to meet the parents demanding her dismissal, Emi refuses to surrender to their pressure.
 

Best Film, Berlin International Film Festival 2021
 

Trailer: https://youtu.be/TZMAAYy7GQY

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Student Short Movies

My Sister and I directed by Theodor Ionita
After putting her children to sleep, Luana gets a call from her sister asking for bandages. She hurries to her house where she finds Ana alongside her injured husband. Luana begins to suspect what happened and insists on calling for an ambulance, but Dan gets angrier and angrier, until things get out of hand.

Transilvania International Film Festival, 
Gopo Film Awards, Anonimul International Film Festival, where he won Ovidiu Bose Paștină award for short film in 2021.

trailer: https://youtu.be/L0VKfHRZsrQ
 

and 

Mihail and Achim, written and directed by Theodor Ioniță

A Very Small Trilogy Of Loneliness, written and directed by Bogdan George Apetri, 8 min

I Want to Smash the Greenhouse directed by Teona Galgoțiu, 21 min.

Our House, directed by Bogdan Alexandru, 14 min

When the MIGs Fly, directed by Philip Găicean, 17 min.

Suborbital - Timothy Sós, 2022 - 29 min.


 

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