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Highlights of EXPIFF 2010

This week abounds in cinematographic events, with two grand-scale international festivals in Bucharest. After Dakino, the first edition of Expiff 2010 experimental film festival will open on Thursday. Alongside director Peter Greenaway, present in a series of masterclasses, the festival will bring, before the public, a number of well-known experimental creators.

The most important section of festival, Experimental Visions in European Cinema, is dedicated to European filmmakers renowned for their personal and innovative take on contemporary reality and for their bold exploration of the borders of cinematographic language. The dialogue between filmmakers and professionals will continue, on Friday night, in an encounter with the controversial Hungarian director Gyrogy Palfy. The latter will have a meeting with the Romanian public, after the screening of his film, “Taxidermy”, which met with astonishing success a couple of years ago, after its international premiere in the Cannes Film Festival, in the “Un certain regard” section, being selected and collecting awards in prestigious festivals worldwide, including the Transylvania Film Festival, where it won the Best Director Award. Expiff also tempts film-lovers with the latest feature film by Swedish director Roy Anderson, the incomparable and fascinating “You the Living”. After its premiere in the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, “You the Living” delighted audiences all over the world, winning awards in prestigious international film festivals, including the Silver Hugo Award in Chicago, 2007 and the Film Critics’ Association’s Best Foreign Film Award in San Francisco, 2008. Last, but not least, Expiff presents a very special film, a daring experiment, at the borderline between cinema and visual arts – the feature film debut of young Ukrainian visual artist Ihor Podolchak, “Las Meninas” (screened worldwide in important festivals, such as Karlovy Vary, Rotterdam, Moscow, Trieste, Sao Paolo, Gothenburg, etc.)

In the Focus section, the festival will approach innovative trends in South-American cinema. Expiff brings before the public the bold “Arctic”, directed by Argentinean Santiago Loza, which is oddly reminiscent of the aesthetics promoted by the “New Romanian Wave”, and the fascinating “La Antena”, by Argen­tinean director Estaban Sapir.

The third section of the festival will be dedicated to the Panorama of Romanian experimental shorts. The Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival is organized by the Art-Promo Cultural Foundation, with the support of the National University of Theatrical and Cinematographic Art (UNATC).

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