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October 18, 2021

Seven premieres in Bucharest IFF 2011 competition

Seven films will compete, this year, for the Bucharest International Film Festival (IFF) trophy. This year’s edition of the festival will take place between April 11 and 17 at the Studio Cinema, the Romanian Director’s New Cinema (NCRR) and the Elvira Popescu Hall. All the productions will be shown for the first time in Romania and 90 pc of them are feature film-debuts. The artistic director of the festival, Andrei Cretulescu, finalized, last week, the list of films included in the competition.

“Abel” – Mexican actor Diego Luna’s debut as a director – tells the tale of a very special boy who, blurring the boundaries between reality and fantasy, takes over, in his father’s absence, the responsibilities pertaining to the head of the family.

“Animal Kingdom” – the first film directed by Australian David Michod (who also signed the screenplay) – depicts the dragging conflict between a matriarchal criminal clan and the Melbourne police. “Beyond” – the celebrated actress Pernilla August’s debut in film direction – is a family drama starring two of the most appreciated Swedish actors of the now: Noomi Rapace (a.k.a. Lisbeth Salander, the protagonist of the “Millennium” trilogy) and her husband, Ola Rapace. “Exit through the Gift Shop” – legendary visual street artist Bansky’s debut as a director – exposes the underbelly of great launches and art exhibitions, proving, yet again, that talent and fame need not go together. “Four Lions” – the first feature film written and directed by Brit Chris Morris – offers an entirely new take on a hot topic – the ideology of the Muslim terrorist, presented, here, in a comic/ absurd light. “Meek’s Cutoff”, which is directed by an old-time IFF guest, Kelly Reichardt (her earlier film, “Wendy and Lucy”, was selected two years ago in the festival competition), is a poignant essay on racism and intolerance. “Winter’s Bone” – Debra Granik’s second feature film – won the Grand Prize of the Jury and the Best Screenplay Award at Sundance 2010 and collected four nominations to the Oscars. The jury of this year’s edition of the Bucharest International Film Festival comprises Romanian filmmaker Radu Gabrea (president); Necati Sonmez, an accomplished documentary filmmaker and the curator of the Istanbul Documentary Days Festival; Umberto Rossi, film critic and researcher, and, last, but not least, Marian Crisan, the director awarded the Palme d’Or for the short-reel film “Megatron” (2008) and nominated, this year, to four Gopo trophies for “Morgen”.

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