The first Romanian feature film “The Independence of Romania”, whose premiere took place on September 1, 1912 in Bucharest, will be screened on December 1 at the London-based Barbican Cinema, with live piano accompaniment by Lola Perrin, the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) announced. “We continue our focus on silent films produced in Eastern Europe with a rare screening of the first full length feature film from Romania, «The War for Independence». Depicting the war between Romania and the Turkish Ottoman Empire in the winter of 1877, this precious early silent film from 1912 captures scenes of traditional rural life and the army departing for war, and culminates in the victorious battle which enabled the creation of an independent Romanian state,” according to the cinema’s website.
The movie had its premiere on September 1, 1912 at the Eforie cinema in Bucharest. The film starred actors of the Bucharest National Theatre, as well as actors from other Bucharest theatres.
TVR Media TV channel released the movie (82 minutes) on DVD in 2007.