at IndieLisboa 2010 Festival
“Amintiri din Epoca de Aur”/ “Tales from the Golden Age”, “Muzica in sange”/ “Music in the Blood”, “Palmele”/ “The Palm Lines”, and “Oxigen”/ “Oxygen” are the Romanian films selected in the seventh edition of the IndieLisboa 2010 Film Festival, to take place in Lisbon, between April 22 and May 2. “Amintiri din Epoca de Aur”/ “Tales from the Golden Age”, written by Cristian Mungiu, who also co-directs it, together with Hanno Hofer, Razvan Marculescu and Ioana Uricariu, will participate in the “Observer – feature films” section, and is to be shown on Tuesday. “Muzica in sange”/ “Music in the Blood”, directed by Alexandru Mavrodineanu, was included in the “Emerging Cinema – short feature films” selection, to be shown on Saturday and Monday. “Palmele”/ “The Palm Lines”, by George Chiper, and “Oxigen”/ “Oxygen”, by Adina Pintilie, were selected in the “International competition – short feature films” section. Chiper’s film will be presented in two sessions, on Tuesday, April 27, and Friday, April 30, while the one signed by Adina Pintilie will be shown on Saturday, April 24. At the invitation of the festival organizers, and with the support of ICR Lisbon, Romanian directors Hanno Hofer, Adina Pintilie and George Chiper will attend IndieLisboa 2010.
“The Cherry Orchard”, to premiere at TNB
A representation of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard”, directed by Felix Alexa, will premiere on Sunday, at 19:00, on the stage of the Bucharest National Theatre (TNB), the institution informs, in a release remitted, on Friday, to AGERPRES. The cast includes Maia Morgenstern, Serban Ionescu, Marius Manole, Irina Movila, Ana Ciontea, Ileana Olteanu, Ioana Anastasia Anton, Razvan Oprea, Marius Rizea, Mihai Calota, Conrad Mihai Mericoffer and Mircea Albulescu. The masterpiece of one of the major world playwrights, presented on stages all over the world, Chekhov’s play is considered to be the symbol of a changing world, depicting a waning age, just as it is to be replaced by another. “A play surprisingly modern, projected in an original, unconventional orchard, built upon a dialogue between contraries, which interweaves comedy and drama, ‘The Cherry Orchard’ defies time. At 150 years since the author’s birth, the play maintains, unaltered, its contemporariness and force,” representatives of the Romanian National Theatre comment upon their latest production.
The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu, selected hors concours at Cannes
Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceausescu/ The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu – the documentary that closes the trilogy comprising Videograme dintr-o Revolutie/ Shots of a Revolution (1992) and Rupt de present/ Away from the Present (1995), by director Andrei Ujica – was selected hors concours, at the Cannes Film Festival. The documentary is made exclusively of archive footage, obtained from the National television and the National Film Archive, and includes the moment of the Ceausescus’ trial, in December 1989. The documentary also includes shots which were never shown before – cut by censors, researched and selected by Titus Muntean. Over a thousand hours of recordings were watched in order to make this documentary.
Exhibition of inter-war
and communist ads, at ICR
The exhibition “From Sublime to Ridiculous. 70 years of advertising in Romania” will be opened on Thursday, April 29, at the Romanian Cultural Institute. The exhibition, created by Ancuta-Lacrimioara Chis and Udi Bodiceanu, professors at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, includes reproductions of Romanian advertising posters and layouts since the end of World War I to the fall of the communist regime. The encounter between inter-war luxury and proletarian utility, invitations launched by Bally, Sache or Mociornita to purchase certain products and the Ministry of Industry, Petrol and Chemistry, which “is in charge of supplies”, humorous rhymes and appealing slogans – “When you have a stomach ache,/ Take some pills and have a break,/ As you learn your A-B-Cs,/ Koprol helps you find some peace.” (Ideal chocolate purgative), and “Enchanting as the sea may be,/ Zarea (horizon)’s full of mystery!” (Champagne, the elixir of good cheer and eternal youth) -, all these offer an insight into the ways in which different generations were lured to consume commodities, and, even more: advertising tells tales about people, mentalities, attitudes which, as we look backwards in time, shock or make one nostalgic. International brands vs. enterprises bearing passionately-daring titles will delight those who undertake this experience of contrasts: two artistic and ideological typologies, which seem to embody two different worlds. However, they represent the same Romania, seen throughout seven decades, by means of advertising. The exhibition will be open between April 29 and May 20, 2010. Entrance is free, ICR announces.