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Over one hundred films, selected for Astra Film Festival

Over one hundred documentary films have been selected for the 20th edition of Astra Film Festival, which will take place between October 14 and 20, in Sibiu, where international award winning films as well as films that mark the 20th anniversary of the Festival will be screened. “1,350 documentaries from all over the world were entered in 2013 in the Astra Film Festival, a major event in the non-fiction cinema landscape in Europe. The great number of films is directly proportional to the importance of this year’s edition, when AFF celebrates 20 years of existence. Over 100 films were selected and are going to be screened (…)”, a press release of the organizers says.
According to the quoted source, at AFF, both new and big names in the world of film will be present, and new productions as well as a retrospective of the most important documentaries screened at AFF during the last 20 years can be watched. “Internationally recognized names will compete at AFF 2013, in the international section: Wang Bing is present with the film “Three Sisters”, which was screened for the first time at the International Film Festival in Venice, and Nicholas Philibert, a Cesar winner in 2003, will be present with the film “La Maison de la Radio”. Other documentaries from the same section have been present in the most important festivals of the kind and have received prestigious awards, such as “Matthew’s Law” (directed by Marc Schmidt) awarded in festivals like Vision du Reel Nyon or NFF Dutch Film Festival, or “Forget Me Not” (directed by David Sieveking) which was present in international film festivals such as the ones in Lucarno, DOK Leipzig, Rotterdam, Salonic or Reykjavik”, the press release informs.
In the student section, the competition will be among the most prestigious Arts and Film Schools in Europe, with the notable presence of more Romanian productions than in the previous years. “The Theatre and Film Faculty – UBB Cluj (Romania, Polish National Film School in Lodz (Poland), the National Theatric and Cinematography Art University in Bucharest (Romania), Filmakademie Baden – Wurttemberg (Germany), the National Arts University in Bucharest (Romania), Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb (Croatia) will be present, as well as productions realized during the Aristoteles Workshop program”, the quoted source explains.
In the students’ section “If 6 was 9”, the film Ivana Mladenovic realized during the Aristoteles Workshop project last year, will be present too. It is a medium film, 34 minutes long, a portrait of a 50 years old man who tries to demonstrate every way he can that he is “a normal person”.
The Astra Film Festival is the oldest event of the kind in Romania, dedicated to the documentary film, and this year it celebrates 20 years since its inauguration, in 1993. The Festival is organized by Astra Film – CNM Astra, Astra Film Foundation, with the help of Sibiu County Council, The Sibiu Local Council through the Sibiu City Hall, the National Center of Cinematography, the Romanian Cultural Institute and the Ministry of Culture.

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