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March 3, 2021

Bucharest International Film Festival kicks off today

The 9th Bucharest Film Festival will be running in several cinema theaters in Bucharest -Studio, NCRR –Horia Bernea Studio and Elvira Popescu – April 15-21.

Director Amos Gitai is the special guest at the event. There are seven film entries in the competition, which will have their Romanian premiere at the festival. Amos Gitai is the author of an impressing body of work, both very diverse and personal. In late ‘70s and early ‘80s, Gitai directed many documentaries, earned his PhD at the prestigious Berkeley University, and moved to Paris in 983. In the mid-1990s, he moved to La Haifa, which marked the start of the most prolific period of his directorial activity. Among Gitai’s films – “Eden” (2001), “Free Zone” (2005) – which will be shown at the festival – and “Lullaby to My Father” (2011).Two excellence awards will be given, to actor Victor Rebengiuc and director Elisabeta Bostan. “The Making of the World”, a film in memory of actress Irina Petrescu, who died last month, will also be shown.The festival with open with “Jagten”, directed by Thomas Vinterberg, who got the Ecumenical Jury Award at last year’s Cannes Festival. Among the films to be exclusively this year, “Searching for Sugar Man” of debutant Malik Bendjellourl, Oscar and Bafta 2013 for the best documentary and a laureate of the public award and the  Special Jury Award  Sundance Festival. Two highly praised films in 2012 –  “Superstar”, the most recent  film pf French director  Xavier Giannoli (Palme d’Or in 1998 for the short film “L’interview”) and “On the Road” from Brazilian director Walter Salles (Golden bear and BAFTA in 1998 for “Central do Brasil”, in the Panorama (outside-competition section), are also slated for projection.

Seven films vie for the Bucharest IFF Trophy, as follows: “Snow White / Blancanieves”, a re-interpretation of a classical fairytale whose plot unfolds in the world of  Seville bullfighters  in the ‘20s (9 Goya awards is Spain’s proposal for  the Oscar for best foreign language film), the feature film debut of director Iulia Rugina –  “Love Building”,  “Compliance”, launched at Sundance Festival, “Epilogue”, Israeli director Amir Manor, who invites the protagonists on a journey through Tel Aviv, “ Sightseers”, of Briton Ben Wheatley, “The Color of the Chameleon”, the film debut of Bulgarian director Emil Christov, a highly praised photography director, and “Wrong” directed by  Canadian director Quentin Dupieux (Mr. Oizo).

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