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January 28, 2023

35 movies from more than 20 countries at International Film Festival Bucharest

The event takes place between March 26 and April 2 at Studio Cinema, NCRR – Horia Bernea Studio, Cinema Elvira Popescu, Club Control and Cervantes Institute.

The tenth edition of the International Film Festival Bucharest started on Wednesday night at Studio Cinema in Bucharest with the premiere of the Italian film “La grande bellezza,” Agerpres reports. Paolo Sorrentino’s movie has won more than 30 awards by now, including the Academy Award for best foreign movie, BAFTA award 2014 for best foreign movie and the Golden Globe 2013 for the best foreign movie.
Dana Dimitriu Chelba, the event general manager, announced in the opening that this year’s festival “an anniversary edition,” brings a new brand image, with more screening days, more movies and more guests as well.
“Over the eight days of festival, 35 movies from more than 20 states will be screened. Along the traditional sections of the festival (Competition, Panorama and Special projections), this anniversary edition includes other two, Focus (on Chile, this year) and Venice Days,” said Dana Dimitriu.
During the Competition section, for the first time at this festival, ten movies will be screened, with the latest, “20,000 Days on Earth” directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard and co-written by Cave, being brought “in the last second, following intense negotiations.” The movie, most likely the “docu-fiction” event of the year and winner of two prizes at Sundance Festival 2014 (for directing and film editing), will have its second screening in Europe after Berlin, and will be screened in the same time as the New York premiere.
During the Focus: Chile section, the most recent Chilean productions will be screened, as well as titles that gained awards during international festivals. “I would like to present the most sincere gratitude for the invitation extended to Chile to have the privilege to be an honorary guest of this festival. Focus: Chile presents a large range of Chilean cinema that witnessed a major transformation over the past few years and has won a lot of prizes at international festivals,” said Chilean Ambassador in Bucharest Maria Eliana Cuevas Bernales in the opening of the festival.
Senate Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and actress Ramona Badescu were also present at the opening of the festival, along with numerous guests.
The festival will open with the premiere screening of the movie “Blood Ties” of the actor-director Guillaume Canet. Shot in New York, the French movie tells the tale of two brothers, one a gangster the other a cop. The festival is organized by Charta Foundation and is held with the support of the National Cinematography Center, the Romanian Cultural Institute and the Filmmakers Union in Romania, under the patronage of Prince Radu of Romania.

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