The 12th International Film Festival (TIFF) will take place in Cluj-Napoca, May 31 thru June 9, and will be followed by TIFF Sibiu, June 19-23. Romania’s biggest film festival promises to win viewers’ hearts this year too. Organizers are planning a cultural feast including marathon projections, retrospectives, new and non-conventional sections, master classes, panels, exhibitions, concerts and many more.EducaTIFF, the educational project created for primary and junior high school pupils, Let’s Go Digital, dedicated to senior high school students passionate about films and Transylvania Talent Lab, the training platform for young professional and amateur filmmakers successfully launched last year, continues at TIFF 2013, too.10 For Film, a program meant to promote new Romanian film figures, will bring before viewers and cinematographers at the festival 10 actors who made themselves noticed in theater productions but has not had the chance to assert themselves in the Romanian cinema.At TIFF 2013, viewers will be given the opportunity to watch some most thrilling marathon projections, for the first time in Romania. Japanese master of suspense Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, Tokyo Sonata), will keep viewers on the edge of their seats for 270 minutes with the mini-series Penance/ Shokuzai. The mother of a girl killed 15 years ago embarks on a journey to find the murderer and in her search she visits her daughter’s four friends who witnessed the killing. The film was shown at the Venice Festival, outside the competition.Paradise, a trilogy directed by Ulrich Seidl, which was shown at three major festivals, can be watched in its entirety at TIFF. The film protagonists are three women, each woman’s story being an opportunity for Seidl to explore different worlds. In Paradise: Love (Cannes 2012), a woman travels to Kenya for sexual tourism, in Paradise: Faith (Special Jury Award, Venice 2012), another woman engages in Catholic preaching, and in Paradise: Hope (Berlin 2013), a woman registers with a camp to lose weight. TIFF will be the second festival, after Berlin, to show the entire trilogy.Fans of yakuza films by Takeshi Kitano will be delighted to watch the Outrage marathon (2010) and its sequel, Outrage Beyond (2012). Part 1, a violent incursion in the violent world of the Japanese mafia featuring Kitano in one of the lead parts, was shown in the Cannes Festival competition and cashed in big at the box office in Japan. Its sequel was shown at the Venice Festival last year. Both thriller won accolades from critics.The Francophonie Day is another novelty the 12th TIFF, with viewers and the jury made up of five young Cluj cinematographers to watch on June 1 and 2 six of the Francophone films in the festival program. The Francophonie Day will be organized together with the French Institutes in Cluj and Bucharest, and TV5 and will conclude with the cine-concert „Baghdad Fantasy”, orchestrated by artist Sami Pageaux-Waro on footage from silent film classic „The Thief of Baghdad” (Raoul Walsh, 1924), starring Douglas Fairbanks.