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Savoury comedy opens TIFF 2011

In fewer than three months, the 10th Transilvania International Film Festival will kick off, an edition expected to bring a very rich offer to film viewers.

If in 2010, Cluj viewers were delighted to see the festival open with Soul Kitchen, Director Fatih Akin, this year, the festival will get off the ground with another great cinematic event, Potiche, a communiqué reads.
Written and directed by Francois Ozon, one of the most celebrated current French film director, the film is based on an eponymous play written by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Gredy, and had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival 2010. A social satire that couldn’t have been more appropriate in this time of crisis, its action focuses on Robert Pujol, the tyrannical boss of an umbrella factory he inherited from his father-in-law. The cast joins impressive names of French cinema: Cathe­rine Deneuve, winner of the TIFF 2008 Life Achievement Award, Gerard Depardieu and Fabrice Luchini.


The traditional sections of the festival, so popular with the viewing public – Competition, Super­nova, Shadow/Umbre, Without Limits, What’s going on with the documentary feature? 3×3, Focus, HBO Day or Magyar Day – will be part of the festival this year too.


Adding to it are a string of special sections, including Wasted Youth, made up of films portraying teenage life, most of the time wasted or affected by social constraints, technology or lures of all kinds, and Back to TIFF, to join productions by directors awarded at previous editions of the festival.


In the Wasted Youth section, viewers can see Gandu, Director Q-Kaushik Mukherjee, the shocking film projected in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival, Film, which tells the story of a youth whose problems and frustrations lead him to seeking refuge in a world dominated by rap, pornography and drugs.


The highlight of the Back to TIFF section will be Cousinhood, the third film directed by Spaniard Daniel Sanchez Arevalo, after Dark Blue Almost Black and Fat People, both of them shown at previous TIFF editions and awarded the Public’s Award.


The Romanian Film Days (ZFR) too will bring a rich crop of Romanian films and special events. Ten years after the emergence of the New Wave of Romanian filmmakers, viewers can enjoy watching “Goods and Money”, director Cristi Puiu’s film debut, regarded as a milestone of Romanian cinematography. As part of the ZFR there will also be launched the second issue of the AperiTIFF, the glossy English language edition of the festival’s magazine, in partnership with the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York and dedicated to both the cinematic news of 2011 and the 10-year anniversary of the New Romanian Cinema.


The 10th Transilvania Interna­tional Film Festival will be running in Cluj-Napoca June 3-12 and Sibiu, June 15-19. There have been over 300 film entries for this year’s edition of the festival.

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