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August 9, 2022

20th edition of National Theatre Festival, selection announced

The organisers of the National Theatre Festival (FNT), that will be held in Bucharest for the 20th time during October 30 – November 7, announced the start-up selection. The list features 22 “top” shows, selected by the Festival`s art manager, Cristian Modreanu. Obviously, opinions about the selection will differ, especially as “the best show” of the 2010 edition of the UNITER Awards Gala, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead”, directed by Victor Ioan Frunza (“Csiky Gergely” Hungarian Theatre of Timisoara), was not selected for FNT, though it was also nominated in the `Best director` category for year 2009. Another high-profile absent will be “5 miracle minutes in Piatra Neamt,” by Peca Stefan, directed by Ana Margineanu (the Youth Theatre of Piatra Neamt), which was received the `Best Show` award in the “festCO” Festival. The choice belongs to the selection maker. The list of performances that will delight the public during the nine day festival include “20/20” – written and directed by Gianina Carbunariu (Studio Yorick of Targu-Mures); “Here, at the gates of darkness” by Euripides, directed by Mihai Maniutiu (National Theatre of Iasi); “The Celebration” by Thomas Vinterberg and Mogens Rukov, directed by Vlad Massaci (Nottara Theatre); “Breaking the waves or the blessed life of Bess” – a stage adaptation based on Lars von Trier`s screenplay, directed by Radu Alexandru Nica (`Radu Stanca` National Threatre of Sibiu); “Hotheads” by Mihaela Michailov, directed by David Schwartz (The Visual Introspection Center and Tanga Project); The Visual Introspection Centre and Tanga Project); “The Woods” by David Mamet, directed by Alexandru Berceanu (`Ioan Slavici` Classic Theatre of Arad); `Herr Paul` by Tankred Dorst, directed by Radu Afrim (The Youth Theatre of Piatra Neamt); ” The Good Thief ” by Conor McPherson, director Cristi Juncu (`Teatrul 74` of Targu-Mures); “Legend of the Grand Inquisitor” by Dostoievski, director Radu Penciulescu (National Theatre of Bucharest); “Pyramus & Thisbe 4 You” – an adaptation based on Shakespeare, director Alexandru Dabija (Odeon Theatre).

This year too, FNT will feature shows in premiere – two plays whose titles are “reserved,” according to organisers, staged by the State Hungarian Theatre of Cluj-Napoca and the National Theatre of Timisoara, by Matthias Langhoff and Rodrigo Garcia, respectively.

The organisers also confirmed two guests from abroad: “Hey, Girl!”, directed by Romeo Castelucci (Italy), and Eugene Ionesco`s “Exit the King,” directed by Silviu Purcarete – a co-production Les Arts et Mouvants, Cie ? l`endroit des mondes allant vers (Paris), Ex-Ponto Festival (Slovenia), UNITER and the Romanian Cultural Institute, through the `Cantemir` programme. Two more foreign titles will be announced in the autumn.

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