Tonight the Scala Cinema will host the opening gala of the country’s biggest short-reel film festival.
The audience will have the chance to watch tonight short-reel films which already collected distinctions in international festivals, such as “Deeper than Yesterday” (dir. by Ariel Kleiman, Australia, 2009), winner of the Kodak Best Short Award at the Cannes Film Festival, or “The Drawer and the Crow” (dir. Frederick Tremblay, Canada, 2009), a touching animation film, the winner of the Best Canadian Film award in the Ottawa Animation Film Festival. Also featured on tonight’s programme is one of the four Romanian shorts included in the competition – “Adulter” (Adultery – dir. Peter Kerek, 2010), followed by “The Chronoscope” (dir. Andrew Legge, Ireland, 2009), a pseudo-documentary on an invention that might change the history of the world as we know it, “The Great Race” (dir. Kote Camacho, Spain, 2010), “Sunset from a Rooftop” (dir. Marinus Groothof, Holland, 2009) and “Elena” (dir. Yannick Muller, France, 2010). The directors and sound designers of the films in the competition will be present in Bucharest, to meet the NexT public.
The first day of NexT ends with a delightful American comedy, “Cold Souls” (dir. Sophie Barthes, 2009), part of the “They too were the NexT Generation” section, to be screened starting 10pm in the same venue. “Cold Souls”, a film that the “New York Times” critics rate as very amusing, was selected in the Sundance 2009 competition, and stars the famous actors Paul Giamatti and Emily Watson.
The second location of the festival, the Elvira Popescu Cinema, awaits film-lovers tonight, starting 8 pm, with the first instalment of the Short Matters section – featuring short-reel films nominated for the European Film Academy Awards. On the second day, the NexT Festival continues with the competition programmes, as well as with sections first introduced this year: Focus Clermont Ferrand – including short films from the world’s most important short-reel film festival, Oscars Night – an event-screening of Oscar-winning shorts from the past five years, the “Uncensored” programme, featuring bold shorts, and, for the aficionados of interactive technologies, the “New Trends, New Technologies” programme. The section closest to the festival organizers’ heart, “Cristi & Otto: Films by Cristian Nemescu and Andrei Toncu”, will take place this year in the university campuses, in Regie and at the Academy of Economic Studies. NexT has in store, this year as well, a special surprise for the young ones: the NexT Kids programme.
Tickets and passes for the NexT 2011 Festival can be purchased via the TicketFan network (in Flanco shops and in the Anthony Frost English Bookshop) and on www.ticketfan.ro.
Venue: Scala Cinema, 2-4 Magheru Blvd, phone no : 0211.03.72