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Rasnov Historical Film Festival kicks off August 2nd

The topics at the 5th Rasnov Historical Film Festival, August 2-11, are – Year 1968, J.F. Kennedy, Music Legends and Amza Pellea -, complemented by a series of lectures delivered by artistic and academic figures.
There are scheduled over 40 film projections, exhibitions, book fairs and launches, as well as the sneak preview of the documentary “The Tanase Affair. Deadly Leap Frog,” a Libra Film production.
The “Astra” Summer School, organized for students and master degree students is also part of the festival. Among the lecturers at the event:  Tudor Caranfil, Adrian Cioroianu, Theodor Paleologu, Sergiu Celac, Sever Voinescu, Liviu Tofan and Mihai Razvan Ungureanu.
Special events include the concert performed by the Mircea Baniciu Band, Mike Godoroja & Blue Spirit, with the “Diamond Hippie” show and the Double Bass Quarter with the recital “From Bach to Beatles & Metallica”. Also, the European Contemporary Orchestra Concert, 33 musicians from ensembles from France, Belgium, Romania and Italy.
“Each year, the festival focuses on a couple of topics developed further. I will start with Amza Pellea, a national these we are so fond of. It’s been 30 years since Amza Pellea departed among the living. on  August 4, when three film productions will be screened staring  Amza. We will have Oana Pellea reading a lecture on Amza part of the Summer School, a documentary, or better said, an Amza Pellea medallion, including interviews with those who knew him and were lucky to work with him,” said Mihai Dragomir, coordinator at the Resource Center of the Rasnov Historical Film Festival in a Bucharest press conference Wednesday.
Mihai Dragomir pointed out that the Rasnov Cinema Hall will bear Amza Pellea’s name.
The music of the 1960s will be another topic at the festival. “We connected ourselves to this theme since many of the world’s greatest musicians would have been or are to turn 70 and the ‘60s are a goldmine for us and our festival,” he also said.
The 50th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy, one of the most beloved US presidents, is yet another topic to be approached at the Rasnov festival.
“The 50th anniversary on Nov 22nd of his assassination is an opportunity to emphasize his life more, rather than the circumstances of his death, given his deep and lasting historical influence,”, Dragomir said.
“Year 1968 is Topic no 4 and the most important one Year 1968 is the year of the “Prague Spring”, but also that of the revolts in France in May of the same year, as well as  Ceausescu’s stand in that very year, the uprisings in the United States, assassinations  of Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King and the list goes on. (…) In this context, we have the pleasure to have with us, as with each previous editions, the Czech Center and the Embassy of the Czech Republic,” Dragomir also said.

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