Romania’s new cinema to be showcased in Washington

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Romania’s New Cinema will be showcased in Washington DC, in 15 productions that have gathered between them no less than 121 international awards as part of a Romanian film festival called “Reinventing Realism – New Cinema from Romania,” to be organised May 13-June 14, 2017 by the Romanian Embassy in the US in conjunction with the US National Gallery of Art and the American Film Institute, with support from the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York.

Special guests of the festival are film director Corneliu Porumboiu (“The Treasure,” “Police, Adjective,” ” When Evening Falls on Bucharest or “Metabolism”)–photo, actors Gheorghe Visu (“Dogs”) and Toma Cuzin (“Aferim!” and “The Treasure”) and actress Andreea Vasile (“The Fixer”).

Also attending the opening of the festival will be Romania’s Minister of Culture and National Identity Ionut Vulpescu.

After running the films, cast members will host public Q&A sessions.

“The extremely valuable cultural creation component that the New Cinema has generated in Romania contributes to the advancement of Romania’s picture abroad by introducing film aficionados from the US capital city of Washington DC to the the latest prize-winning Romanian productions. Full of wit and self-deprecating humour, while also depicting dramatic settings, the films provide life lessons that will unveil to the American public an exceptional development of the filmmaking art,” according to Romania’s ambassador in Washington George Cristian Maior.

“Since the late 1990s, a group of intellectually adventurous filmmakers has galvanized Romania’s postcommunist production with a steady stream of nuanced screenplays and robustly realistic films that tackle moral issues and ethical ambiguities, creating taut allegories from banal circumstances,” the National Gallery of Art wires on the festival’s presentation webpage.

Included among the films to run during the festival are “Sieranevada” (d. Cristi Puiu), “The Fixer” and “Illegitimate” (d. Adrian Sitaru), “Child’s Pose” (d. Calin Peter Netzer), “Aferim!” (d. Radu Jude), “The Treasure” (d. Corneliu Porumboiu), “Dogs” (d. Bogdan Mirica), “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” and “Beyond the Hills” (d. Cristian Mungiu) and “Police, Adjective” (d. Corneliu Porumboiu).

The National Gallery of Art presents a series of eight films. Other films in the series are presented at the AFI Silver Theatre.