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“Viktoria”, a Romanian – Bulgarian co-production, to close the Romanian Film Festival in New York

“Victoria”, a Bulgarian-Romanian co-production, will be screened at the closing of the ninth edition of Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema, the Romanian Film Festival in New York, a press release sent to Mediafax announces.
Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jacob Burns Film Center in New York will host, during December 4 – 8 and, respectively, December 5 – 10, the most important Romanian film festival in the United States of America, “one of the annual treasures presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center”, as it was described by the publication The New York Times.
Making Waves – New Romanian Cinema will provide New-Yorkers a concentrated and balanced selection, emphasizing the trends of contemporary Romanian film by presenting the hits of the year but also exploring the past by proposing essential films that must be discovered by the American audience.
The 2012 and 2013 editions of the event gathered an impressive number of people, motivated by the crowd-funding campaigns performed via Kickstarter. This year, the organizers initiated the Festival Club and respectively the Donors’ Club, dedicated to the supporters of the ninth edition of Making Waves.
2014 is the first year when Making Waves benefits of support from behalf of the most important professional associations of Romanian cinema, such as the National Centre of Cinematography (CNC) and the Romanian Filmmakers Union (UCIN).
The ninth edition of Making Waves will be opened by Romania’s proposal for the 2015 Oscars, “The Japanese Dog”, directed by Tudor Cristian Jurgiu. Featuring Victor Rebengiuc, Jurgiu’s debut long film was premiered in San Sebastian and was already presented to American viewers at the New Directors / New Films festival, organized by Film Society of Lincoln Center and Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The Bulgarian film closing Making Waves was produced in partnership with the Romanian company Mandragora. “Viktoria”, directed by Maya Vitkova, was the first Bulgarian long film ever screened at the Sundance Festival and at the latest edition of the Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF), where it won the Special Award of the Jury. Although the story of Viktoria, an unwanted child, born without an umbilical cord in Bulgaria and nicknamed the “child of the decade” is the pretext for a very original film, it may be easily transferred in the Romanian Communist context of the 80s.
The ninth edition of Making Waves – New Romanian Cinema also includes additional programs.  Creative Freedom through Cinema continues to explore the relations between art and politics in Eastern Europe, while, this year, in partnership with Trust for Mutual Understanding, the program presents, by means of films, human rights in Russia.
By the event Hedda Sterne Rediscovered, Romanian Film Initiative tells the story of an artist born in Romania, the only female member of the legendary group of painters The Irascible Eighteen, in New York.
Initiated and led by Corina Suteu, under the artistic management of Mihai Chirilov and the executive direction of a team coordinated by Oana Radu, Making Waves – New Romanian Cinema is an event produced by Romanian Film Initiative (RFI) as part of Film ETC., in partnership with Film Society of Lincoln Center and Jacob Burns Film Center.
The board of the festival also includes Dennis Lim (Film Society of Lincoln Center), Brian Ackerman (Jacob Burns Film Center), Scott Foundas (Variety), Adrian Ghenie, Mona Nicoara, Daiana Voiculescu, Andi Vasluianu and Dan Perjovschi.

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