“Queen Mother” –
250 performances at TNB
The play “Regina Mama” (“Regina/ Queen Mother), starring the actress Olga Tudorache, will be presented tomorrow, April 8, for the 250th time on the stage of the Bucharest National Theatre (TNB). The play by Manlio Santanelli, one of the major contemporary Italian playwrights, brings to the foreground two characters, side by side, but also in conflict – Regina, au authoritarian and possessive mother, and her son, Alfredo, a failed, neurotic journalist (played by the well-known actor Marius Bodochi). Directed by Gelu Colceag, with a scene setting signed by Stefania Cenean, the play “Regina Mama”, by Manlio Santanelli, reveals a moving life story, ending with a dramatic turn of plot. The play won the Honorary Award at the Brasov Festival of Contemporary Drama (1997), and Olga Tudorache’s performance brought her the 1997 AICT Best Actress Award and the Tofan Award for the most influential theatrical personality of the same year. “A true theatrical feast, this performance, boasting an amazing longevity, transforms Santanelli’s ‘Queen Mother’, as interpreted by the unrivalled Olga Tudorache, into a Queen of the Stage,” representatives of TNB claim.
Grigorescu painting p to be
auctioned for over EUR 40 000
The painting “Red Apples”, signed by Nicolae Grigorescu, will be auctioned, on Saturday, by Casa Alis, at the initial price of RON 180 000. The painting “Red Apples”, dedicated to the artist’s wife, Maria Danciu, is the highest rated in this weekend’s auctions, organized by Alis and GoldArt. According to the auction catalogue, Alis auctions on Saturday, at the “Ion Dacian” National Operetta Theatre, 70 paintings, and the highest rated ones include “The Mad King” by Corneliu Baba, starting at RON
100 000, “Poissons” by Jules Perahim, at RON 20 000, “Odalisque” by Iosif Iser, at RON 16 000, “Rocks with orchids on the seaside” by Sabin Balasa, at RON 12 000. Paintings by Constantin Piliuta, Constantin Artachino. Adam Baltatu, Ion Musceleanu, Margareta Sterian, Ion Pacea or Dimitrie Bernea will be put on auction starting below the price of RON 10 000.
Films from the Festival Friends selection at NexT
The film “Lord” by Adrian Sitaru is among the four short and medium-length feature films, to be shown in world premiere, in the “Festival Friends” selection within the NexT International Film Festival, event that will take place in Bucharest, between April 13 and 18. Traditionally addressed to filmmakers that are close to the NexT Festival and Cultural Society and presented by HBO, the “Festival Friends” selection will also benefit, this year, from a marathon-projection, on Saturday, April 17, from 15:00, at the Scala Theatre. The latest short feature signed by Adrian Sitaru, “Lord” (Romania, 2010), the documentary directed by Vlad Ilicevici and Andrei Tanase, “Zmeii”/ “Kings of the Castle” (Romania-Turkey, 2010), the animation short feature “Vara ’99 Mega-Hits”/ “Summer ’99 Mega-Hits” (directed by LiviuBarbulescu, Alina Manolache/ Romania, 2010) and a work in progress version of the long-awaited medium-length feature film directed by Iulia Rugina “Captivi de Craciun”/ “Stuck on Christmas” (Romania, 2010) are the four titles to be presented for the first time before an audience at Next 2010. The Bucharest audience will be able to watch other long-awaited productions, presented at major festivals abroad, as well as Adrian Sitaru’s short feature, recently acknowledged within the official competition of the Berlin International Film Festival, “Colivia”/ “The Birdcage” (Romania, 2010).
Four Romanian short-feature films at Cannes 2010
The short feature films 10, by Dorian Boguta, “Clopotul”/ “The Bell”, by Sabin Dorohoi, “Ploaie in desert”/ “Rain in the desert”, by Ilinca Neagu, and “Trupul de coarde”/ “String Body”, by Dinu Margarit were selected within this year’s Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner selection, according to shortfilmcorner.com. The event will take place between May 12 and 22. “10” tells the story of two illicit lovers. Around the winter holidays, the two realize they commit a serious error and decide to separate. The cast includes Andrei Aradits, Mirela Oprisor and Irina Teodorescu. The film is produced by Mihaela Stoian and Daniel Parvulescu. “Clopotul” presents the adventures some young people have to undergo so as to bring a new church bell in the village, so that all traditions can be kept. Ionel loves Ionela and they plan to get married. Except that another suitor of the girl, angry to have lost her, breaks the bell. “Ploaie in desert” tells the tale of Henry Baftimede, an African businessman who leaves Paris in order to move to Bucharest. In “Trupul de coarde”, the war, as a concept, is ended by the music all people involved in the war can hear simultaneously. Because of the love Ioana and Stefan share, she can hear the music, which she then sets down in writing. The music completes them, beyond war, life and death.
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