The Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF) returns to Sibiu on June 24-28, for its 9th edition showcasing over 40 films in eight screening locations, according to the organizers.
The Big Square located in Sibiu’s historic centre will once again be the central point of the festival, movie fans being able to watch some of the year’s most awaited films there.
“Kurt Kobain: Montage of Heck,” the first documentary about Nirvana band’s legendary soloist, a documentary filmed with his family’s cooperation, will open the series of screenings in the Big Square on Wednesday, June 24.
Winner of the Days of Romanian Film Award at TIFF 2015, Corneliu Porumbescu’s “The Treasure” will be screened in the second day of the festival and on Friday, June 26, the audience will be able to watch Stephen Daldry’s newest film – “Trash”. Stephen Daldry’s “Billy Elliot,” “The Hours” and “The Reader” were nominated at the Oscars.
“Why me?” one of the most popular Romanian films of the last year, will be screened on Saturday evening. The screening will be attended by film director Tudor Giurgiu and an important part of the crew, by actors Emilian Oprea and Mihai Constantin, and film producer Oana Giurgiu.
The screenings will end on Sunday, June 28, with the dark comedy “Relatos Salvajes,” a film screened for the first time in Sibiu.
All screenings will start at 10 p.m. Entrance free of charge.
Unconventional locations become film screening halls
Every evening, the audience can enjoy special screenings in unconventional locations. A first event of this kind will take place on Thursday, June 25, at 10 p.m., on the lawn in front of the Sub Arini Park, when football fans will have the opportunity to see a documentary about Messi, the planet’s best football player. The life of Argentina’s Lionel Messi is presented by film director Alex de la Iglesia in a 93-minute documentary featuring several important players in the history of FC Barcelona.
Likewise, a new screening location will be inaugurated this year, located at the foot of the Cindrel Mountains, close to the Gura Raului dam.
On Friday, June 26, on day three of the festival, “Relatos Salvajes,” the comedy that opened the festival in Cluj, will be screened starting at 9.45 p.m. At the same time, starting at 6 p.m., local producers from Marginimea Sibiului will bring traditional dishes to a Friday evening picnic.
Also on June 26, at 10 p.m., the stage located on the Astra Open-Air Museum’s lake will host a film screening with aquatic theme. Kevin Macdonald’s “Black Sea” tells the story of a former submarine captain, played by Jude Law, who is searching for a treasure located at the bottom of the Black Sea. The film will be screened for the first time in Romania.
On Saturday, at 9.30 p.m., French DJ Radiomentale will provide live soundtrack for F.W. Murnau’s masterpiece “Sunrise” (1927).
Moreover, TIFF Sibiu proposes to the audience three other permanent screening locations located close to the Big Square: the Gong Theatre, the Habitus Library and Faust Café und Disco. Films such as “Despre oameni si oi”, winner of the Special Jury Award and the Audience Award at TIFF 2015, or Doru Nitescu’s “Carmen,” will be screened at the Gong Theatre. The Habitus Library will host the screening of, among others, the charming “Beatles,” about the Beatlemania of the 1960s, “Wild,” screened for the first time in Sibiu on the first day of the festival, or Dan Chisu’s “Youtube Bazaar,” a documentary about Bahoi, one of the first local vloggers.
Also at the Gong Theatre, the audience can watch “Live” and discuss the film with film director Vlad Paunescu, actors Rodica Lazar and Tudor Chirila.
Another surprise is the fact that Faust Café und Disko will be the place where music fans will be able to watch films about legendary names that influenced the history of music.
TIFF Sibiu 2015 is an event organized by the Association for the Promotion of Romanian Film (APFR), with the support of the Culture Ministry, and co-financed by the Sibiu Local Council through the Sibiu City Hall.