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January 28, 2022

Film and Culinary Art-Tasting Festival opened with music and pastoral sights

The first edition of the Film and Culinary Art-Tasting Festival opened, on Sunday night, with exclusive excerpts from the film “Undeva la Palilula” (Somewhere in Palilula), in the presence of personalities including the minister of Culture, Kelemen Hunor, Maria Dinulescu, Constantin Chiriac and Tudor Giurgiu. The poet Mircea Dinescu, the host of the festival taking place in the Cetate Cultural Harbour, stated that the event is held “under the banner of the arts” and “under the banner of the Danube”. In the opening of the festival, Mircea Dinescu also inaugurated the Angel Park, a space hosting statues of angels, in the Cetate Harbour. The Park was meant as a response to an idea launched by the former minister Dan Matei Agathon, the Dracula Park. The director of the festival, Constantin Fugasin, stated, in turn, that he initiated the event because he had noticed that, although winning international awards, Romanian films are not known in the Balkans.

The 20 minutes’ excerpt from “Undeva la Palilula”, in an exclusive preview at the festival, present a fantastic, pastoral world, complete with music and elements of the grotesque, as well as an Oltenian accent. The producer of the film, Tudor Giurgiu, stated that the film was still in a “laboratory” stage, like a dish which is not ready yet. Giurgiu also pointed out that Palilula was not the village near Craiova, but “Silviu Purcarete’s Palilula”. Tudor Giurgiu added that the film would be completed by next August. Participants in the event also included the director of the National Cinematography Centre, Eugen Serbanescu, the art director Dragos Buhagiar and producer Anca Puiu. The opening gala also featured a screening of the film “Morgen”, by Marian Crisan, recently awarded the jury’s special award in the Locarno Film Festival.

Each day of the first edition of the Film and Culinary Art-Tasting Festival – “The Balkans” will be allotted to one country in the Balkans: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey and Romania. Each day, the guests will be treated to films from one of these countries and traditional dishes from the region. The festival does not presuppose a competition, but is a meant to promote and raise awareness of film schools in the Balkans which have had an important evolution in the past years, met with recognition by juries in major international festivals. Over 100 film-makers in Romania, Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey will be present in the Cetate Cultural Harbour these days and will join in talks with the public on new, unconventional, ways of promoting films and of drawing a growing number of spectators both in Romania and in other countries in the Balkans.

The event is open not only to special guests, but also to chance visitors, with a taste for film and/ or culinary art. Access to screenings and accommodation (in tents of two) are free of charge.

The Film and Culinary Art-Tasting Festival is organized by the “Film Romania” Association (AFR) and the “Mircea Dinescu” Poetry Foundation, with support from the National Cinematography Centre, the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism, the Dolj County Council, the Romanian Cultural Institute, as well as the Calafat and Cetate Mayor’s Offices.

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