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September 29, 2022

Sibiu International Drama Festival -FITS 2015: President Iohannis picks one show featuring Cannes winner, Oscar nominee

President Klaus Iohannis has chosen to attend only one show of the 427 events staged at the Sibiu International Drama Festival FITS 2015, namely a German version of the ‘Krapp’s Last Tape’ by Samuel Becket directed by Peter Stein and featuring only one actor, Klaus Maria Brandauer, a 1981 Cannes prize winner and an 1985 Oscar nominee, FITS spokesman Adrian Tibu told Agerpres.

The President is expected to show up with his wife, Carmen, and other guests, for whom he has booked places.

The show will be staged on Friday, 21:00hrs, at Thalia Hall in Sibiu, where all the 330 places were booked much time in advance as the show is seen as a landmark of this year’s edition of FITS. The show is not recommend to children under 12 years.

“Krapp’s Last Tape,’ is a one-act play written by Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) in 1958, first performed the same year as a curtain raiser at the Royal Court Theatre in London, directed by Donald McWhinnie, featuring Patrick Magee as Krapp. It is Krapp’s 69th birthday and he hauls out his old tape recorder, reviews one of the earlier years – the recording he made when he was 39 – and makes a new recording commenting on the last 12 months. Krapp uses the tape recordings to sieve through his experiences and recollections. The 39-year old on tape is quite different from the man we see on stage, but both despise the younger self of 24 years and they share a taste for bananas. The author himself said sarcastically that the result of such theoretic efforts was an old and tired Krapp which evening does not end well. Beckett is an unflinching chronicler of despair triggered by a limited existence and also an advocate of encouragement when facing deep emotional pain. Now and then Krapp laughs heartily while listening to the older tapes. His old age allows him to see some things ironically,’ organisers report in a press statement.

A guest of honour of the Sibiu International Drama Festival, stage and film actor Klaus Maria Brandauer is one of few German-speaking actors to have achieved world fame. Klaus Maria Brandauer will get a star on the Celebrity Alley on Friday evening and he will be present at the Celebrity Gala later in the evening at the Thalia Hall. As well as having an opportunity to admire Brandauer starring in ‘Krapp’s Last Tape,’ the public will be able to see him in person on Saturday, June 20, at the Habitus Bookshop.

At an event called “Stage Actor – Film Actor: Impossible Choice,’ George Banu and Irina Margareta Nistor will have a conversation with Brandauer about his stage and film parts, his films in Hollywood studios, acting career, and what success means to him.

Klaus Maria Brandauer, born in 1943, is an Austrian actor, film director, and professor at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna. Internationally acclaimed for the wide range of stage and film parts, he became known to the Romanian public for his lead part in ‘Mephisto’ (1982), which earned him a Cannes prize for best actor, as well as his memorable part besides Meryl Streep in ‘Out of Africa,’ which earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor.


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