1,500 films of over 90 countries, at Astra Film Festival

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The historical centre of Sibiu City becomes, during October 5 – 11, the host of Astra Film Festival, one of the most important European festivals, an event organized this year under the High Patronage of the Romanian President and under the authority of Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe.
Over 1,500 films of over 90 countries were entered in the four sections of the competition, and the official selection includes 130 films.
Also, 32 documentaries linked to Romania by their subject or author are screened at Astra Film Festival, number that matches the collected perspectives on day to day life that have been produced over the past two years.
Over the past 22 years, Astra Film Sibiu has grown into a festival of global significance where each year over the course of 7 days the audience can connect to worldwide realities only by watching the selected films. This year’s program not only gravitates around the constant concern of documentary filmmakers – reality itself – but also on the ways in which it may be conveyed through documentary films, fiction films, theatre and drawing.
Like every year, the films in the 4 competitive sections will be evaluated by a prestigious jury that includes directors and a panel of industry experts.
The most important directors of the moment: Joshua Oppenheimer, nominated in 2014 for the Academy Awards, Crystal Moselle, the winner of Sundance 2015 for the film “The Wolfpack”, exposed in premiere in Romania for AFF, Justin Schein, who has made 60 films during his 20-year career and has collaborated with BBC, Discovery Channel or HBO, provide the latest productions in the international section.
The AFF 2015 program also includes panel talks: In The politics of communication: drawing, artist Dan Perjovschi will talk about the role that caricature plays in political communication. Life under communism tries to find answers for 2 questions: How was life really like during the Ceausescu regime? – visual documents by Slavomir Popovici and Ioan Agapi will be screened and commented on by their daughters – and how did the communist regime end? – the film 1989 will be screened, followed by a discussion with Judith Urban, eye-witness of the events portrayed in the film.
A novelty for the 2015 edition is the fact that famous bands hold concerts every night that will round up the festive atmosphere of the week.
Official AFF 2015 program: http://www.astrafilm.ro/official-program-1.aspx
Tickets and venues: http://www.astrafilm.ro/tickets-venues.aspx