The opening gala of the 22nd DaKino International Film Festival (April 3-7) was held at Grand Cinema Digiplex in Baneasa Shopping City Wednesday evening. This year, 35 shorts from 15 countries will be screened in the competition. This year’s edition will also see the premiere of the DaKIDS section, including film projections, acting workshops and interactive children-oriented workshops.The festival’s opener was “A Late Quartet”, directed by Yaron Zilberman and featuring outstanding performances by Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir. The film was shown for the first time at the Toronto Festival 2012. A famous New York quartet are rehearsing for its 25 anniversary the “Quartet No 14” by L. V. Beethoven and, at the same time, falling apart – illicit love, envy, mother-daughter tensions, disease and broken expectations – this is what “A Late Quartet” is about, according to www.grandcinemadigiplex.ro. Well-known Romanian violinist Alexandru Tomescu (a member of the Ad Libitum Quartet.), said before the film’s projection Wednesday evening, that, to him, a quartet has always been “a group flirting with perfection”.This evening, 8.00 pm, at Grand Cinema Digiplex, “Our Children” by Joachim Lafosse is to be seen starring Niels Arestrup, Tahar Rahim and Emilie Dequenne.
The film was awarded “Un Certain Regard” Prize for Best Actress– Emilie Dequenne, at Cannes, film Festival 2012. Also at Grand Cinema Digiplex, tomorrow, 8.30 pm, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, director Benh Zeitlin, starring Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry. The film was nominated for this year’s Oscar Awards. In 2012, it got the FIPRESCI Award in the “Un Certain Regard” section – Cannes, Camera d’Or prize – Benh Zeitlin, Cannes and the Grand Prize of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance International Film Festival.DaKINO Festival runs at the House of Arts Cultural Centre District 3, Grand Cinema Digiplex at Baneasa Mall and the New Cinema of the Romanian Director (NCRR) at the Peasant Museum Bucharest. Last year’s award went to “Pinion”, an Australian short film directed by Sylvie Asuka.DaKINO is Romania’s oldest film festival. Over time, it brought to Bucharest viewers major world names and launched generations of film directors. All the big names of the Romanian “new wave” had their films shown at DaKINO.