Cannes Palme d’Or prizewinner Cristian Mungiu awarded within Romanian Film Evenings Festival

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Film director Cristian Mungiu has been awarded the trophy of the Romanian Film Evenings Festival (SFR) during the opening gala of the event’s 8th edition.

The organisers of the festival have dedicated this edition to director Cristian Mungiu, ten years since the director’s winning the Cannes Palme d’Or for his ‘4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days’.

The gala debuted with the screening of the said movie and a retrospective of the award ceremony, which has stirred emotions from both the director and the actors who have interpreted in the famous film, along the rd 300 persons who came to attend the film at the Tatarasi Athenaeum.

“It is the first time I see these images. That night when I was granted the Palme d’Or was not by far the simplest night of my life. I did some huge efforts to focus and be ready to face the situation. As long as one has nothing to lose, one is relaxed. At the end of the festival ten years ago, we knew that something good could happen and that we had something to lose. We lost the freedom to be carefree. We were hoping to happen to grab a big prize, possibly a Palme d’Or, but I’m no actor, I’m not looking to myself, the interviews I gave,” stated Cristian Mungiu.

The director also received a prize from the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR), the three years now organiser of the SFR.

The cast of the Cannes awarded film went on stage, accompanying Cristian Mungiu.

Various events will take place under the banner of the 5-day festival, including exhibitions, book launches, concerts and a section of children’s films.

On the bill on the first day of the Romanian Film Evenings is the opening of the section for Romanian children’s films, named after dedicated children’s film maker Elisabeta Bostan, who left her mark on the successive generations of kids with her movies.

Thus, beginning Wednesday, 10 May, till Sunday, 14 May, the films: “Zambet de soare/Sunny smile” (1987), “Campioana/The Champion” (1989), “Veronica se intoarce/The Return of Veronica” (1973), “Tinerete fara Batranete/Youth without Old Age” (1969) and “Saltimbancii/The Clowns” (1981) will be screened at the “Luceafarul” Children’s and Youth Theatre.

Also on the Romanian Film Evenings agenda is the varnishing of the “Divina tragedie/Divine Tragedy” exhibition by Ion Barladeanu, displaying collages of film images; the exhibition is open throughout the festival at the MERU culture hub.

A photo exhibition in the area of Romanian filmmaking, from the AGERPRES National News Agency archive, was presented on Wednesday evening, at the Iasi Athenaeum, in the opening of the Serile Filmului Romanesc – SFR (Romanian Film Evenings) festival.

The exhibition was presented by AGERPRES Director General Alexandru Giboi, who underscored that such an archive represents the opportunity “to rediscover Romanian filmmaking.”

“What could we have helped more the Romanian Film Evenings with, if not with a film photography exhibition? I am glad that AGERPRES, through its archive, generates history in several areas, and film is one of the most important areas,” Alexandru Giboi said.

Another special event on the Romanian Film Evenings bill is the gala celebrating the 80th anniversary of actor Dorel Visan. The event titled “Portrait of an Artist. A Life Dedicated to Beauty” takes place on Friday, 12 May, at 20:00 hrs, at writer Ion Creanga’s cottage in the Ticau neighborhood.

“At the time of this double anniversary, as we celebrate 180 years since the birth of great writer Ion Creanga, and the 80th birthday of great actor Dorel Visan, we will watch the humor and magic-imbued movie – ‘A Handful of Clay’ (1989).”

Another event at the festival is the launch of the book “Reenactments with Ileana Popovici” due on Saturday, 13 May, 15:30 hrs in the foyer of the Iasi Athenaeum.

“The book launching event will be followed by the screening of the film ‘Pentru Patrie / For the Homeland’ as of 13:00 in the ‘Radu Beligan’ Great Show Hall of the Iasi Athenaeum. Actress Ileana Popovici will discuss with the audience one of roles close to her heart, as she starred in 1978 under the directorship of Sergiu Nicolaescu,” reads the release.

Actor Dorel Visan and flutist Ionut Bogdan Stefanescu will offer the public a mystical poetry concert “Man and His Mystery” at the Metropolitan Museum on Sunday, May 14, as of 19:00 hrs.

Graphic artist Radu Bercea’s exhibition “Retina Memory of the Romanian Gulag” will be open at the FIX Theater throughout the festival.

This year’s edition of the festival is dedicated to film director Cristian Mungiu, and the Romanian Film Evenings’ ambassador is film critic Irina Margareta Nistor.