Director Danis Tanovic’s latest feature film, “Cirkus Columbia”, opened, on Monday evening, the Bucharest International Film Festival (April 11-17), in a special screening at the Studio Cinema, graced with the presence of the filmmaker. According to Danis Tanovic, the film depicts a difficult moment in the history of his country, but is also “a declaration of love” for it. Tanovic argued similarities could be found between Romania and all the countries of former Yugoslavia. “You too have changed the system, but you’ve managed to do so with fewer casualties,” he said. Tanovic taught, yesterday, a master class at the Bucharest National University of Theatrical and Cinematographic Art (UNATC).
Danis Tanovic made his debut ten years ago, with “No Man’s Land”, the winner of an Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film. “Cirkus Columbia” marks the director’s return to a Balkan setting, as regards both the plot, the life of a family on the brink of the war in former Yugoslavia, and the protagonists – Miki Manojlovic and Mira Furlan. The film “Cirkus Columbia” collected accolades in the Giornate degli autori section of the 2010 Venice Film Festival.
Another special guest of the Bucharest Film Festival is the director Andrey Konchalovskiy, who will deliver, in turn, a master class on Saturday. “Winter’s Bone” and “Exit Through the Gift Shop” are among the productions included in the Bucharest International Film Festival (BIFF) competition, alongside “Abel” – Mexican actor Diego Luna’s directing debut -, “Animal Kingdom” – Australian David Michod’s feature film debut -, “Beyond” – celebrated actress Pernilla August’s debut as a director -, “Four Lions” – Brit Chris Morris’s feature film debut – and “Meek’s Cutoff”, directed by Kelly Reichardt.
BIFF is the only competitive festival in Bucharest dedicated exclusively to feature films.