“If I Want to Whistle…” best thriller in Beaunne
After receiving honors in Berlin, Florin Serban’s film “If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle” has won the best film award in Beaunne International Film’s New Blood section dedicated to young filmmakers. The thriller festival in France has last year named winner in the same category one of 2009’s most memorable movies, “Bronson” by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring British sensation Tom Hardy. This year, other contenders in the New Blood section were “The Killing Room” (USA), “Slice” (Thailand), “Teheran” (France), and “Walls” (Israel).
Actor George Pistereanu was present in Beaunne, promoting the film and his performance was applauded by both critics and the audience.
“I was invited to go to a party one year before the awards were given, “ Pistereanu says. “ I was surprised to know everyone knew who I was, but I did not believe we could win another award here. “ President of the New Blood section, director Sam Karmann said the award came following “ unanimous decision from the jury, “ and expressed hope that the production will “do very well in France.” “For the moment, I am really glad the film is so well received at home, “ Pistereanu says.
Over the past weekend, the movie gathered an impressive audience in Romania, 28,000 spectators have seen it since its premiere two weeks ago, which is a big number for Romania. The film is a feature by Romanian director Florin ?erban. If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, the debut of 35 year old director Serban, is a Romanian-Swedish co-production between the Romanian Strada Film and the Swedish Film I Vast and The Chimney Pot
Founded by filmmaker Catalin Mitulescu, Strada Film has previously produced The Way I Spent The End Of The World, the first feature of Catalin Mitulescu – awarded with Best Actress Award for Dorotheea Petre in “Un Certain Regard” section at Cannes Film Festival 2006, Ryna, the first feature of Ruxandra Zenide – awarded with 16 prizes.
For the foreigners established in Bucharest, the film can be seen as of April 16 at the Peasant Museum, with English subtitles.
“Balanchine Night” opens at ONB
The ballet company of the Bucharest National Opera will present, in a national première, “Balanchine Night”, on Saturday, April 17, 18:30. The Romanian audience will have the chance to watch two of the best-known works of renowned choreographer George Balanchine, “Valse Fantaisie”, on M. Glinka’s score, and “Serenade”, set to P. I. Tchaikovsky’s music. The ballet dancers are being trained for this event-performance by rehearsal master Paul Joseph Boos, designated by the George Balanchine Trust (New York) to arrange this performance on the stage of the Bucharest National Opera. “Balanchine Night” will be opened by the latest creation of master Ioan Tugearu, titled “The Fugue. The Great Fugue”, set to musical pieces by J. S. Bach and L. van Beethoven, arranged by Alexandru Istrate. “Valse Fantaisie” is based on the second version, created by Balanchine in 1967, for a male dancer and five ballerinas and will be performed on the stage of ONB by soloist dancers Bianca Fota and Ovidiu Matei Iancu. The next representations of “Balanchine Night” will take place on April 18 and April 25, 2010.
ICR New York director, elected chair of EUNIC
The Director of the New York Romanian Cultural Institute, Corina Suteu, was elected chair of the New York EUNIC organization, the network of cultural institutes from the EU present in the United States. According to a release remitted on Tuesday to AGERPRES by ICR New York, Suteu was elected chair of EUNIC New York during the 13th official convention of directors of European cultural centres and institutes. European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) is a network of European national cultural institutes, founded in Prague, in 2006, whose chair position was held this year by the president of the Romanian Cultural Institute, Horia-Roman Patapievici. EUNIC’s New York branch was founded in 2007 and it brings together cultural organizations from 14 EU countries active in the US, among which British Council, Institut Francais, Goethe Institut, Instituto Cervantes, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Finnish Cultural Institute, Scandinavia House, the Swiss General Consulate, the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Slovakian General Consulate, the Polish Cultural Institute, the Czech Institute, the Hungarian Cultural Institute, etc. The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York is one of the founding members of the New York branch of EUNIC and among the most active members of the network, participating in numerous projects during the last 3 years.
Short feature film “Desert Rain”, selected at the Cannes Festival
Short feature film “Ploaie in Desert” (Desert Rain), directed by Ilinca Neagu, will be included in the Short Film Corner section of the Cannes International Film Festival (May 12-23). Created in 2004, the Short Film Corner is dedicated to supporting short features, the selected films being integrated in a global network of dissemination and promotion. “Ploaie in Desert” tells the story of the modern man ready to sacrifice his life and family for his career. Henry Baftimede (Aloysius Itoka) is a young coloured businessman, relocated from Paris to Bucharest, by the company he works for. On his way to a business meeting, Henry ends up in a typically Romanian village in the Baragan, where he has a life-changing experience. The film brings to the foreground cultural barriers and the effects of globalization on human behaviour, combining drama and situational comedy. “Ploaie in Desert” won the award for sound editing in the 2009 edition of the Cinemaiubit Festival, sound and editing bearing the signature of Bogdan Ionescu. Ilinca Neagu graduated from the Bucharest “I. L. Caragiale” University of Dramatic and Cinematographic Art, the Department of TV and Film Direction, in 2009. The films she directed as a student include the documentary “Megawattora” and the short feature “Dulciuri Nocturne” (Nocturnal Sweets), starring Ion Lucian, Ana Maria Moldovan and Magda Catone, shown at the Independent Producer’s International Film Festival (IPIFF) in 2009. In 2010, Ilinca Neagu took part in the Talent Campus programme, at the Berlin International Film Festival. The young director is currently living in Brussels and working on a new short feature, a Belgian-Dutch co-production, bearing the provisional title “The Incredible Journey of Om”.
Alexandru Tomescu and Florin Croitoru perform at Radio Hall
Violonists Alexandru Tomescu and Florin Croitoru are to concert, on Wednesday evening, at the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Hall, accompanied by the Radio Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Radu Popa. They will play the Concerto in a minor for two violins and orchestra, op.3 no.8 “L’Estro armonico” by A. Vivaldi and the Concerto in c minor for two violins and orchestra “BWV 1043” by J. S. Bach. Both artists will play on violins made by violin-maker Silvian Rusu. The two concertos will be preceded by Brandenburgic Concerto no.4 in F major, “BWV 1049” by J. S. Bach, played by Daniel Manasi (violin), Constanta Cazacu (flute) and Marian Olaru (flute). The evening will close with the Symphony no.1 in C major, “D 82” by F. Schubert, interpreted by the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Chamber Orchestra. Tickets can be bought through Eventim, at the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Hall box-office, in Germanos and Vodafone shops, in Carturesti and Humanitas bookshops and online on www.eventim.ro.
Early music concert,
at Mogosoaia Palace
The public in Bucharest is invited to a concert given by the “Anton Pann” early music singing-and-playing ensemble, led by Constantin Raileanu, on April 18, at 17:00, in the Rug Hall of Mogosoaia Palace. For an hour, in the aforementioned hall, they may listen to works signed by Dimitrie Cantemir, Anton Pann, Gheorghe Ucenescu, as well as fragments from Codex Caioni. The concert is part of the “Music at the Brancovenian Palaces” series, second edition, event organized by the Brancovenian Palaces Cultural Centre. The Anton Pann ensemble was founded in 2004 and it has been involved ever since in the project to retrieve and revalorize 18th and 19th century Romanian music. Its members have given dozens of concerts and have managed to edit four compact discs: “Kalofonica”, “Zaharicale” (Sweetmeats), “Colinde” (Christmas Carols) and “De la lume adunate si la lume iarasi date” (From the people to the people). Optional transportation is offered, from Chibrit Square, 1 Mai metro station, for a round-trip price of 6 lei. Minibuses to Mogosoaia Palace leave at 18:00. Entrance is free.
“If I Want to Whistle…” best thriller in Beaunne