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May 22, 2022

Gothenburg Film Festival showcases Romanian cinema

Famous directors from Cristi Puiu to Alexandru Solomon will be main guests.

Put together by ICR Sweden, the event, running between January 28 and February 7, focuses on the new wave of Romanian cinema and will consist in screening six of the past year’s most successful films, as well as a selection of all time classics. In addition, several shorts will be shown, as well as a retrospective of the work of filmmaker Mihai Livada (1908–1992), who worked in Sweden for a large part of his life. Among the notable presences will be directors Cristi Puiu, Marian Crisan or Alexandru Solomon who will meet with the public and will participate in a series of workshops with reputed film specialists Annika Gustafsson and Nils Petter Sundgren.

Also, the audience will have the opportunity to watch four classical movies: “Reenactment” (Recon­sti­tuirea) (1968) by Lucian Pintilie, “The Stone Wedding”( Nunta de piatra) (1972) by Mircea Veroiu and Dan Pita, “The Cruise”(Cro­a­ziera) (1981) by Mircea Daneliuc and “Contest” (Concurs) (1982) by Pita.
featured films

“Aurora” is the story of Viorel, who has a rifle in a bag and spends much of his time observing a family from a distance. Slowly we understand his plans and what drives him in this black comedy and crime story by Cristi Puiu (“The Death of Mr. Lazarescu”) who also plays the lead role.

Also included in the programme is Constantin Popescu’s “Principles of Life” (Principii de viata). The film is a compelling drama about generational conflicts in post-Communist Romania. It follows a day in the life of a conflict-ridden man, convincingly portrayed by Vlad Ivanov (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.)
One of the most successful movies premiering over the past year is “Tuesday after Christmas” (Marti, dupa Craciun) by Radu Muntean. After ten years of marriage Paul starts cheating on his wife with their daughter’s dentist. The affair is brought to a head when mistress and spouse finally meet. The unfaithful man must make his choice, and it must be done before Christmas. Also touring European festivals last year was “Outbound” (Periferic), a debut film from Bogdan George Apetri. It is the story of Matilda, who gets a one-day leave from prison to attend her mother’s funeral.

Also featuring in Gothenburg will be Marian Crisan’s “Morgen” (photo). At the border between Romania and Hungary, the main character, Nelu lives a fairly dull life, until one day he takes care of a Turkish refugee who seeks a better life in Europe. With humour and seriousness director Marian Crisan, winner of the 2008 Palme d’Or for best short film, shows how an individual destiny can change. “Morgen” received multiple awards at the Locarno Film Festival earlier this year. Crisan will be one of the guests at the festival next year.

Concluding the focus selection will be the documentary “Ka­pitalism: Our Improved Formula”. In this eye-opening and humorous film, director Alexandru Solomon shows how the country’s economic and political elite has taken over and developed corruption from Ceausescu’s days.

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