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Romanian films at Turkish, German festivals

The Romanian films ‘Crulic – The road to the other side’ and ‘Best Intentions’ were selected in the programme of the Istanbul International Film Festival, which will be held between March 31 and April 15, the internet site of the event announces. The animation documentary ‘Crulic – The road to the other side,’ directed by Anca Damian, will be aired in the section ‘Human Rights in Cinema Competition.’ It was rewarded with the Film Award of the Council of Europe (FACE), granted jointly with the Council of Europe and Eurimages. ‘Crulic’ tells the real story of Claudiu Crulic, a Romanian arrested in Poland for a supposed robbery, and held behind bars despite evidence proving that he was no longer in Krakow when the robbery took place. He was abandoned by everybody until he died from hunger strike. “Morgen” by Marian Crisan will also be aired at the International Film Festival from Ankara due during March 15-22. The movie will be presented in a special section dedicated to successfull foreign films. Another Romanian movie present in the Istanbul Film Festival is ‘Best Intentions,’ directed by Adrian Sitaru, which will run in the ‘Young Masters’ section. The film tells the story of Alex (Bogdan Dumitrache), whose life changes when his mother (Natasa Raab) is admitted to hospital after a stroke. In hospital, Alex is caught in a burlesque show with unexpected characters and events. While his mother seems to recover, Alex makes a series of mistakes – all because of love, and with the best intentions. Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu is a member of the jury of the Istanbul Film Festival, which will be chaired by Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan.Another creation of Adrian Sitaru, the short film ‘The Party,’ will participate in the International Short Films Festival Oberhausen, Germany – one of the oldest and most prestigious film festivals of Europe. This year, the event will be held between April 26 and May 1st 2012.

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