Several filmmakers from Romania’s “New Wave,” filmmakers whose recent films have reinvigorated the reach of Romanian cinema in the last decade, will have new work showcased at this year’s Romanian Film Festival, held December 3 – 5 at New York City’s Tribeca Cinemas.
The festival’s 5th edition is entitled “A New Beginning” and features recent releases from established national directors Cristi Puiu (“The Death of Mr. Lazarescu”), Radu Muntean (“The Paper Will Be Blue”), Titus Muntean (“Taxi or Limousine”), and Adrian Sitaru (“Angling”). It will also showcase debut features from Constantin Popescu, Bobby Paunescu and Razvan Radulescu. The opening night film will be Andrei Ujica’s “The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu,” while Lucian Pintilie’s 1981 film “Carnival Scene,” at one point banned by Romania’s communist government, will serve as the festival’s closing night feature.
Apart from the traditional festival categories (Features, Documentaries, Shorts), Mihai Chirilov, the festival curator, has added a special section to the program, “Women on the Move,” that highlights films which focus on women’s experiences in post-communist society.
“New Romanian Cinema was born in 2001 and as of 2005 became the thing on the international film scene. So, 2010 is a natural time for a new beginning,” noted Chirilov.
Chirilov also noted via a statement, “After a 5-year gap since his worldwide breakthrough with ‘The Death of Mr. Lazarescu,’ Cristi Puiu is back with his new and anticipated film, ‘Aurora,’ the very title of which implies a new beginning. Andrei Uijica’s ‘The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu,’ is closing a chapter of the recent Romanian history, offering a brand new, hotly debated and much-needed perspective on the national anti-hero.”
“Most of the new films’ characters are longing for a new start, be it the unfaithful husband in ‘Tuesday After Christmas,’ the guilty father in ‘Medal of Honor,’ or the women challenged by the contexts of their lives in both ‘Francesca’ and ‘First of All, Felicia.’ Challenging the aesthetic of the Romanian New Wave as we know it, with a focus on characters stuck in limbo, this year’s abundant crop of New Romanian Cinema is the perfect mirror of a society at a crossroads desperately looking for a new path to follow,” concluded the festival’s curator.
Founded in 2006, the event is a partnership between the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, Tribeca Cinemas and the Transilvania International Film Festival.
The films appearing in the Festival’s line-up are:
“The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu,” Andrei Ujica (2010)
“Aurora,” Cristi Puiu (2010)
“Kino Caravan,” Titus Muntean (2009)
“Medal of Honor,” Calin Peter Netzer (2009)
“Portrait of a Fighter as a Young Man,” Constantin Popescu (2010)
“Tuesday, after Christmas,” Radu Muntean (2010)
Women on the Move
“First of All, Felicia,” Razvan Radulescu & Melissa de Raaf (2009)
“Francesca,” Bobby Paunescu (2009)
“Stuck on Christmas,” Iulia Rugin (2009)
Docs / Focus HBO Romania
“Merry Circus,” Claudiu Mitcu (2009)
“The Shukar,” Matei-Alexandru Mocanu (2010)
“The World According to Ion B.” Alexander Nanau (2009)
“Carnival Scenes,” Lucian Pintilie (1981)
“The Cage,” Adrian Sitaru (2010)
“Lord,” Adrian Sitaru (2010)
“Oxygen,” Adina Pintilie (2010)
“Trolleybus 92,” Stefan Constantinescu (2009)
“Urban Groove,” Ruxandra Ghitescu (2010)