‘Calatoria lui Gruber’ (Gruber’s Journey), a film directed by Radu Gabrea opened the first edition of the Holocaust Film Festival at the Museum of Romanian Peasant (MTR) on Tuesday night.
Alexandru Florian, the manager of the Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of Holocaust in Romania (INSHR – EW), announced three days ‘full of history viewed from the perspective of art, through feature films and from historians’ perspective.’
‘This is a unique event. It is the first time after 1945 such an event of the Holocaust, using film means, is organized in Romania,’ he added.
Director Radu Gabrea pointed out the festival was celebrating one of the most intriguing and tragic moments in the recent history of Romania; he declared his film was ‘the result of the wish to tell the truth.’
Bruce Kleiner, Counselor for Public Affairs, of the US Embassy in Bucharest mentioned that documentary and drama films were selected for the Holocaust Film Festival.
MTR manager Virgil Nitulescu underscored the symbolic meaning of the event; he asserted that the public was offered valuable films for the three days of the festival.
Nine art and documentary movies are proposed by the Holocaust Film Festival on January 27 through 29.
The first day scheduled Gabrea’s ‘Gruber’ and the Oscar-winning documentary ‘Genocide’ narrated by Liz Taylor and Orson Welles.
On Wednesday, the programme features ‘Nazi Concentration Camps’ (1945) at 3pm; “Judgment at Nuremberg” (1961) at 4.15pm; ‘The Path to Nazi Genocide’ at 7.30pm; and ‘The long way home’ at 8.20pm.
The schedule for Thursday includes ‘Black Sunday’, produced by INSHR – EW, at 3pm, ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ (1959) at 4pm, and “Wallenberg” at 7.15pm.
Diplomatic representatives of the embassies of the United States, Israel, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic attended the event organized by INSHR – EW with the support of the US Embassy in Romania.