ARTS & LEISURE

Romanian productions at Rotterdam and Goteborg festivals

By    Corina Ciobanu

The production “Visiting Room”, directed by Radu Muntean and Alexandru Baciu, will have its European premiere in the Spectrum section of the Rotterdam International Film Festival (Jan 25 to Feb 5, 2012), according to the filmreporter.ro website. The documentary feature, which tells the tale of several pairs of lover who came together in prison, is one of the 72 productions from 32 countries included in the festival’s main section. “Visiting Room” is produced by HBO and was shot in nine prisons in Romania: Bacau, Colibasi, Craiova, Margineni, Targsor, Targu Jiu, Tulcea, Galati and Giurgiu. Florin Serban’s latest feature film project, “Through My Veins”, the love story of two people who seek and find each other against all odds, will also be present in Rotterdam in the CineMart co-production platform.

Other two productions signed by Romanian filmmakers were selected in the programme of this year’s Goteborg International Film Festival: the animation feature “Crulic – The Path to Beyond”, directed and produced by Anca Damian, and the short-reel production “Family Dinner” by Stefan Constantinescu, Romanian-born artist and director now based in Sweden. The festival, already on its 35th edition, will take place January 27 to February 6, ICR Stockholm informed. “Family Dinner” is competing against seven other Swedish shorts for the Startsladden short-reel award. The Goteborg International Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in Scandinavia, boasting an average 130,000 spectators every year.

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