Cinema, the main character of Bucharest entertainment in March and April


Cinema will be the main character of the entertainment world in Bucharest in the months of March and April with three scheduled film festivals that showcase a wide array of feature films, short films, and documentaries on a number of topics ranging from human rights, the battle against the Mafia, crime and drugs, to experimental Romanian productions.
The seventh edition of One World Romania, a Documentary Festival supporting human rights, will begin this Monday with two scenes from Solidarity, a theater play by Geanina Carbunariu, and a documentary about Italian journalist Pino Maniaci and his fight to take down the Sicilian Mafia. La Valle dello Jato tells the story of a community journalist born in central Sicily who, together with his family, produces the longest news broadcast in Europe live on TeleJato, a television station set up in his own home. Pino Maniaci, the director of TeleJato, had been criticizing the corruption and organized crime in the region for years, when his car is set on fire one day. The film has received multiple festival awards. In addition, One World Romania will entail a workshop on documentaries, 50 films divided into five sections, theater shows, and a Master Class taught by Polish cinematographer Marcel Lozinski.
March 26 will mark the debut of the tenth edition of the Bucharest International Film Festival, which will end on April 2 with Blood Ties, a feature film produced by actor turned director Guillaume Canet and distributed in Romania by Independenta Film, only ten days after its American premiere. In the non-competitive section of the festival, entitled ‘Panorama,’ in addition to the already announced La grande bellezza, Borgman, The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, Blind Detective, and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, five other film premieres will take center stage: A Field in England (U.K., 2013) by Ben Wheatley, Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski, Jeune et jolie by François Ozon, Michael Kohlhaas by Arnaud des Pallieres, starring Mads Mikkelsen, and Frances Ha by Noah Baumbach.
No sooner will BIFF have ended than the eighth edition of International Film Festival NexT will start in Bucharest, unfolding between April 3 and 7. For the first time, a national competition will take place among 14 contenders, represented Romanian short films released within the last year. Three of these – Colectia de arome (Collection of Flavors) by Igor Cobileanski, the struggle of a father and his son to procure medicine for the mother, Excursie (The Trip) by Adrian Sitaru, the story of a little boy who, after recording several days of his life on film, suddenly disappears when he finds out aliens have landed in Romania, and Jurnal #2 (Journal No.2), an experimental film by Adina Pintilie about the enigmatic interaction between an actress and a director – are produced by well-known directors who have also done feature films.
Immaculate, Romania’s only project selected for Biennale College Cinema
The Romanian movie project ‘Immaculate’ is one of the 12 independent projects selected for the Biennale College Cinema, a higher educational workshop for the development and production of mini-budget productions, held under the aegis of the prestigious Venice Biennale. According to a release the producer sent on Monday to Agerpres, the team consisting of screenwriter Monica Stan, Belgian director Kenneth Mercken and producer Marcian Lazar, has worked on the script over October 5-14 in Venice. The best three projects are to receive EUR 150,000 each to produce a feature film to be presented at the next 71st Venice International Film Festival. The Romanian feature movie ‘Immaculate’ tells the story of a young girl of good family, who is admitted to a drug rehabilitation centre. Once she is in, she becomes a valuable catch for her male colleagues and she learns that she must destroy her old personality in order to regain control over herself and her own body.

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