‘The Happiest Girl in the World’, the long-feature debut of director Radu Jude, will be presented at the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), in Cluj-Napoca, May 29 – June 7 as a special film showing for the visually impaired. The projection is a joint effort by festival organizers and the ‘Travelling Book’ Foundation to bridge the gap between cinematography and the large community of film lovers from among the blind.
The visually impaired and their companions, and the public at large, are invited to attend the event. The visually impaired will be equipped with headphones to hear both the soundtrack and a depiction of the visual component of the film (its plot). Also, TIFF organizers included in this year’s festival two feature films with topics tightly linked to visually impaired persons: ‘7 Blind Women Filmmakers’, an Iranian project of seven short features directed by seven visually impaired female film directors, whose screening at TIFF will be attended by the project’s originator, Mohammad Shirvani, and the Slovak film ‘Blind Loves’ directed by Juraj Lehotsky. ‘We want to offer the visually impaired a satisfaction similar to that experienced by any other person partaking in the social and cultural life of a community. In the United States, for example, there are film theatres specially designed for the visually impaired. ‘Our cooperation with TIFF is a first step towards the normality we aspire to. Cluj has a large number of visually impaired pupils and students who have waited a long time for such event, Mircea Bucur, president of the ‘Traveling Book’ Foundation, partner in this special project, said.
The 8th Transilvania International Film Festival, to unfold in Cluj-Napoca May 29 through June 7, will open with ‘Memories of the golden age’, a film based on a script written by Cristian Mungiu, who is also the film’ director, along with Ioana Uricaru, Hanno Hofer, Razvan Marculescu and Constantin Popescu.