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January 29, 2022


Bobby Paunescu gets best director award in Poland festival

The Tofifest International Festival awarded Romanian director Bobby Paunescu the Silver Angel trophy for directing “Francesca,” a Media Consulta International release reads. The award worth EUR 5000 was given away by the head of the Polish Film Institute Agnieszka Odorowicz. “Francesca” was included in the festival’s official selection, together with other prominent European films such as “Eyes Wide Open” directed by Haim Tabakman, “First of All, Felicia” by Razvan Radulescu and Melissa de Raaf, “Street Days” by Legan Koguashvili and Women without Men by Shirin Neshat. The festival awarded the best film trophy to a Turkish-German co-production by Pelin Esmer, called “10 to 11.”

Director Bobby Paunescu was also awarded the international debut award in East End Film Festival last April, for the same “Francesca.”

Romanian traditions
in Portuguese display

Romanian traditional culture will be the subject of an art display unfolding between July 10 and August 14 in Setubal’s Michel Giacometti Labour Museum, Portugal. Entitled “De longe, de perto” (By far, by close), the project will put together an ethnographical photo display, belonging to Sibiu’s Astra Museum collection and will be integrated in a wider project of the Michel Giacometti museum. As part of the display will be 40 photos taken throughout Romania in the first years of the 20th century, which represented for the country a period of intense ethnographical revelations, bringing to light the richness of cultures and traditions to be found in the area.

The project will also include screening several ethnographical films illustrating the way several communities in Romania used to live (among the communities the Roma and Russian ones are more preponderantly illustrated here). Some of the titles include “On the Road” and “The Curse of the Hedgehog” both directed by Dumitru Budala.

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Football: Al Nassr
to negotiate for Mutu

According to the Italian press, quoted by Agerpres, Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr Riyadh, a team coached by Walter Zenga, will take part in a tournament in Italy, on which occasion the club officials will also negotiate with Fiorentina the transfer of Romanian striker Adrian Mutu. Al Nassr, a team for which Romania’s Razvan Cocis and Ovidiu Petre are playing, will play a friendly game against Juventus on July 15. Zenga wants Mutu really bad for his team and this tournament could be the best opportunity to convince him to accept the offer. Mutu’s suspension, ruled after he tested positive for sibutramine, will expire on October 29. The offer is fairly generous – EUR 6 M for Fiorentina and another EUR 10 M for Mutu for a three-year contract, ‘La Nazione’ informs.

League I: Teams continue to play friendly games

Rapid Bucharest lost its friendly game against Serbian title holders Partizan Belgrade on Monday, score 0-1 (0-1). Brazil’s Cleo scored the only goal of the game that was part of a training tournament in Austria. It was Rapid’s second consecutive loss. Rapid lost its first game at the hands of Austria’s SV Josko Ried, score 0-3. Astra Ploiesti defeated Austria’s second-tier team FC First Vienna 1894, score 2-1. The game that took place on Monday is part of the training tournament in Austria. Mihai Stoichita’s team won thanks to the goals scored by Stratila (36th minute) and Lukacs (50th minute). Universitatea Cluj defeated Egypt’s Al Ahly Cairo, score 2-1 (0-0). This was Cluj’s second game in the training tournament in Austria.

Portugal’s Geraldo Alves signs for Steaua

Portuguese fullback Geraldo Alves has signed a two-year contract with Steaua Bucharest, the club’s official website informs. Geraldo Alves last played for AEK Athens. He is the brother of Porto’s fullback Bruno Alves. Alves was born on November 8, 1980. He will join Steaua in its training stage in Austria.

Romania to host World Unifight Championships

Former Judo Olympic champion Sergei Novikov, president of the International Unifight Federation, is visiting Romania, the country that will host the World Unifight Championships. The details of the arrangement will be settled during the talks taking place these days. “Romania is one of the most active countries when it comes to unifight, a fairly young discipline but one that has the statute of a demonstrative sport at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Soci,” Sergei Novikov stated for Agerpres. Novikov is also Vice President of the Russian Olympic Committee. “That is why we want the future edition of the World Championships to be hosted by this country in November,” he pointed out.

Alexandra Dulgheru, 30th in WTA standings

Romanian tennis player Alexandra Dulgheru has climbed one place in the WTA standings thanks to her good performance at Wimbledon, currently ranking 30th with 1,945 points. Romania’s Sorana Cirstea dropped 14 places and ranks 69th with 988 points, the sonyericssonwtatour.com website informs. Edina Gallovits climbed 7 place to rank 83rd with 806 points. Simona Halep climbed two places to rank 111th with 616 points. Monica Niculescu climbed 25 places to rank 112th with 439 points and Raluca Ioana Olaru dropped 5 places to rank 119th with 558 points. In the doubles standings Niculescu dropped to 28th place (2,910 points), Gallovits dropped three places to 76th place (1,043), Cirstea dropped three places to 77th place (1,021 points) and Olaru climbed one place to rank 86th (920 points).

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BT co-finances European projects worth over RON 150 M in H1

Banca Transilvania (BT) co-financed, in the first half of the year, European projects worth over RON 150 M and provided counseling to some 500 clients, in view of accessing this type of financing, the bank announced yesterday, according to Mediafax. BT granted credits worth a total RON 300 M for European projects. The co-financed projects are in sectors like agriculture, food, metal structures, medicine and pharmaceutics, IT and tourism. Consulting and financing services provided by BT in view of accessing the European money are listed in the “Platform of solutions aimed at the beneficiaries of European funds,” launched in February.

Raiffeisen BpL launches crediting
product in RON, at a fixed interest of 4.5 pc a year

Raiffeisen Banca pentru Locuinte (BpL) launched this month a new saving-crediting product with a fixed interest of 4.5 pc a year for credits in RON, the institution announced on Tuesday. Those who want to use the new product must save 40 pc of the contracted sum and will receive a state premium of 25 pc to the savings they achieve during a year, within the limit of EUR 250 a year, with an interest of 1.5 pc provided by the bank, while the remaining 60 pc of the contracted sum is represented by the credit, Raiffeisen BpL writes in a press release.

POR contract for revamping Negresti Oas hospital ambulatory

Minister of Regional Development and Tourism Elena Udrea dressed folk on Monday afternoon, when she went to the town hall of Negresti Oas, Satu Mare County, where she attended the signing of a contract through POR, worth RON 2,885,384.06 for revamping the ambulatory of the local hospital. The works will start on October 1, Mediafax reports. The minister also signed a contract of co-financing from European funds of the project named ‘The circuit of wooden churches in Northern Transylvania,’ worth EUR 4.5 M. Two more financing contracts have been signed, for the restoration of two schools, in the localities of Turulung and Petresti (Satu Mare).

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