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March 23, 2023

Iasi International Film Festival brings top premieres

The films “Looking for Eric” by Ken Loach, and “W” by Oliver Stone are among the special movies, projected for the first time in Romania, due at the International Film Festival from Iasi that will take place between September 25 and October 3.

This is the first festival in Romania with a competition dedicated exclusively to the debut full-length films, but will offer the audience also a few movies projected as national firsts. “The Boat that Rocked” directed by Richard Curtis, with Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh and Philip Seymour Hoffman, is a comedy about one of the hundreds of pirate radio stations that broadcasted from the North Sea in the ‘60s.

One of the premieres of the festival is the movie “Looking for Eric,” directed by the legendary Ken Loach and produced by the former international footballer Eric Cantona. The full-length film in which Cantona plays his own part, tells the story of Eric Bishop (played by Steve Evets), an ordinary man, postman in Manchester, who is going through a difficult period of his life in all the domains. Another first at Iasi International Film Festival is “Ne te retourne pas,” director Marina De Van, its cast including the “femmes fatales” Sophie Marceau and Monica Bellucci, film presented first at the 2009 edition of the Film Festival from Cannes. A psycho-drama about perception, appearances and change, “Ne te retourne pas” tells the story of a writer who goes to Italy in search of a woman, voyage which actually helps her to discover the secret of her own identity. “In the Electric Mist,” the most recent film directed by Bernard Tavernier, with Tommy Lee Jones and James Gammon, is a drama telling the story of a detective on the traces of a criminal, who meets a great Hollywood star. For “In the Electric Mist,” Tavernier was nominated for the “Golden Bear” at the 2009 edition of the Film Festival from Berlin. The most recent film signed by the legendary Italian director Dario Argento, “Giallo,” with Adrien Brody in the leading role, is a thriller that tells the story of an American flight attendant who joins an Italian detective in the search for her missing sister, abducted by a serial killer known as Giallo.

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