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January 18, 2022

Romanian and international films brought together in Sighisoara

The 2nd edition of the Sighisoara Film Festival (SFF) celebrates this year’s best films. In 2010, 9 of the winning films in Cannes, Berlin, Locarno and Oberhausen, and 20 of the Romanian productions which earned accolades in European festivals, are brought together in a fairy-tale setting. The films will be screened between June 22 and 27, in three venues that the public may choose from: the City Square, the Port.ro Hall and the Aristocrat Club. Entrance is free in the limit of available seats, the organizers announce. This year’s edition of the Sighisoara Film Festival offers films which, although won over the juries in great European festivals, have not yet been running in Romanian cinemas; Romanian cinematographic values appreciated worldwide which are barely beginning to cross the land; finally, films which, although they belong to the new generation of Romanian filmmakers and although have been shown during the past year, are also acknowledged as some of the most popular films of this year. The multi-awarded The White Ribbon and Le prophet, which have already been shown in Romanian cinemas, will be joined by national premieres, like She, a Chinese (the Golden Leopard in Locarno), one of the exclusivities of the Romanian festival circuit, a story by Xiaolu Guo about the desire for change, about hope and despair, or The Milk of Sorrow (the Golden Bear and the FIREPRESCI Award in Berlin), a film which Romanian audiences were able to watch only once this year, within the Bucharest European Film Festival. In the sections dedicated to short feature films, the stars will be Please say something, awarded the Golden Bear for the best short feature film in the 2009 Berlin Film Festival, an animated film signed by David O’Relly on the strange relationship between a cat and a mouse, presented for the first time in Romania at SFF.

Believe, by Paul Wright, is the story of a man who is trying to recover after his wife’s death. The Scottish film was the most remarkable in the short film section of the Locarno Film Festival. The Oberhausen festival brings three of the films awarded in the 2009 edition, A Letter to Uncle Boonme, Ketamin – Behind the Light and Nora, winners of the Grand Prize of the City, the Best Film and, respectively, the Jury’s Special Mention. The Romanian films which are not to be missed include Nunta in Basarabia/ Wedding in Basarabia (d. Nap Toader), a film highly appreciated by the public at large and present, so far, only in the festival circuit, Medalia de Onoare/ The Badge of Honour – also a national premiere -, director Peter Calin Netzer’s second feature film, starring the great actor Victor Rebengiuc, Pescuit Sportiv/ Fishing for sport, Calatoria lui Gruber/ Gruber’s Journey, Politist, Ajectiv/ Police, Adjective, the two parts of Cristian Mungiu’s Tales from the Golden Age, and the omnipresent If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, which will open the event. The closing ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 26, on the Romanian Cultural Institute day, and will be marked by the screening of The Concert, by Romanian director Radu Mihaileanu, as well as an original concert by the band Sensor.

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