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European Film Festival kicks off

The festival, opens with the Polish production “Essential Killing”, brings 50 films from 30 countries.

The European Film Festival opens, officially, today with the film “Essential Killing” (Poland, 2010), directed by Jerzy Sko­li­mo­wski, at Bucharest’s Cine­maPro, after yesterday’s prelude – a concert by The Amsterdams, at the Verona Garden, the organizers announce. The production “Es­sential Killing” was awarded the Grand Jury Prize in the 2010 Venice Film Festival, along countless other international distinctions. The cast of the film includes resonant names, such as Vincent Gallo and Emmanuelle Seigner. The programme of the festival comprises over 50 films, from 30 countries. The 15th edition of the festival brings several novelties, alongside a record number of movies.

The present edition of the festival will offer film-lovers, besides Milos Forman’s latest production, “Dobre placena prochaza” (A Walk Worthwhile), dating from 2010, a medallion comprising some of the director’s most important films, from the Cinémathèque archive. Another premiere on the festival programme will be the Romanian film “Metrobran­ding”, a documentary signed by Ana Vlad and Adrian Voicu, produced by Mandragora, to be launched subsequently in the cinemas. The two authors recounted they had worked four years on “Metro­branding”, researching it and then producing it. In this interval, they also took pictures in the places where they shot, photographs which make up a small exhibition, “Masina timpului” (Time Machine), running until May 16 at the Romanian Cultural Institute.

The honorary ambassador of this year’s edition of the European Film Festival is Radu Muntean, the director of one of the most celebrated Romanian productions of 2010, “Tuesday, after Christmas”, which was selected and won distinctions in several festivals. In fact, Radu Muntean also signs the promo for this year’s edition.
In Bucharest, the festival is taking place between May 5 and 15, with screenings at the Studio Cinema and the Eforie Cinémathèque. The event will continue in Brasov (May 12 to 15), Iasi (May 19-22), Timisoara (May 19-22) and Targu Mures (May 26-29). The European Film Festival is organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR), and the film selection was made with the support of the embassies and cultural centres of European countries. On Tuesday, in the conference meant to introduce the Festival, the director of ICR, Horia Roman Patapievici, paid homage to the film critic Alex Leo Serban, who passed away recently, after being diagnosed with a terminal disease.

The European Film Festival is not a competition, and the only award, handed out during the closing gala, in Bucharest, on May 15, is the public’s choice award.
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