Of all nineteen editions organized so far of the European Film Festival, the one held these days is the richest and includes the highest number of films so far, 56.
The nineteenth edition, held in Bucharest and in four other Romanian cities until May 31, debuted with the premiere of the Romanian film “Back Home” by director Andrei Cohn. In the country, the festival will travel to Craiova, Iasi, Tirgu Mures and, in premiere, in Hunedoara.
The European Film Festival has won, by its 19 editions, its outstanding position in the conscience of film fans, defined by a few particularities: European identity, common selection, the diversity of genres, the diplomatic element represented by the Romanian filmmaker appointed honorary ambassador, a different one for each edition, the events in other cities. Even if it is not a competition-based festival, it is a competition among countries, as each of them wants their submission to be more appreciated, Liviu Jicman, Vice-President of ICR declared.
Organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR), along with the Representation of the European Commission in Romania, with the support of embassies and and of cultural centres of European countries, under the patronage of EUNIC Bucharest, the 2015 edition of the European Film Festival brings film fans dozens of films from 26 countries and three additional events dedicated to professional and amateur film and animation enthusiasts (cinema education, film criticism and animation criticism workshops), plus a concert with interactive visuals and many Europe Day themed surprises in the yard of the French Institute.
Moreover, the present edition of the festival brings in premiere a parallel event dedicated to the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. Organizers intend to develop a platform of professional exchange among specialists in the European Union, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, leading to a better image of the European cultural legacy and to the understanding of the European Union outside the borders. Therefore, on May 10 and 11, the European Film Festival will provide the audience seven films about and from the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine and a panel of discussions on the topic of film production and co-production, due to be attended by specialists of the Republic of Moldova, Romania and Ukraine. The program is supported by EUNIC Global, in partnership with the Regional Bureau of United Nations for Europe and CSI.
The program of the festival includes a consistent package of Romanian films: the long film debuts by Ana Lungu (“Self-Portrait of a Dutiful Daughter”, 2015) and by Andrei Cohn (“Back Home”, 2015), films that had attended this year’s edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, “Aferim!”, by Radu Jude (winner of the Silver Bear for Directing) and “Why Me?”, by Tudor Giurgiu, as well by four more films made by the latter, who is the honorary ambassador of the present edition, scheduled in a distinct section, as well as a selection of short films made by UNATC students.
The list of films also include ten European premieres in Romania and numerous European productions awarded at international festivals, including the Polish film “Ida”, that has received this year the Oscar for Best Film in a foreign language, “Calvary” (Ireland, 2014), “Girlhood” (France, 2014), “Class Enemy” (Slovenia, 2014), “The Cut” (co-production, 2014), “Mirage” (Hungary / Slovakia, 2014), “Hippocrates” (France, 2014), “Pasolini” (co-production by France / Belgium / Italy, 2014), “Trespassing Bergman” (Sweden, 2013), “Miss Julie” (co-production, 2014) and “Viktoria” (Romanian – Bulgarian co-production, 2014), presented at the closing ceremony of the festival, in the presence of director Maya Vitkova and of producer Anca Puiu.
Details about all the films in the program may be found on www.ffe.ro.
The screenings in Bucharest will be organized at the cinema theatres Studio, Elvira Popescu and Cinema Pro.
Organizers kept their promise made a year ago and they placed on the map of the festival four more cities in the country, where film lovers may see ten or eleven European films, as follows: Craiova (May 15-17), Tirgu Mures and Iasi (May 22-24) and Hunedoara (May 29-31).
The honorary ambassador of this year’s edition, that has also made the promo spot of the festival, is director Tudor Giurgiu.
Europe has the great advantage of a fabulous diversity of stories, languages and cultures, so that it is always conforting to see an Irish film by Dagur Kari (or any other director in the area), a deeply Italian Sorrentino or a “wicked” story signed by the Austrian Seidl. The celebration of European film is actually a unique opportunity to see what challenges other people (as well), or to destroy our own stereotypes about a nation or the other, director Tudor Giurgiu, honorary ambassador of the festival declared.
Throughout the festival, the viewers have the opportunity to vote for their favourite film on the website www.ffe.ro. Depending on expressed votes, the Viewers’ Choice will be granted during the Closing Ceremony on May 14, at Cinema Elvira Popescu.
Access to all events included in the festival is free, based on tickets of a nominal value of RON 0, that may be acquired at box offices on the day of the screening.