The fourteenth edition of Geo Saizescu International Film Festival, an event founded by the late director and named Hyperion Stud Fest, will take place from Thursday to Saturday at Ramnicu Valcea and will be opened by the film “The Heart of Madame Sabali” by Ryan McKenna, screened in Romanian premiere.
Therefore, on Thursday, starting at 7 PM, there will be a projection of the film “The Heart of Madame Sabali”, a Canadian production of 2015, awarded the Focus Grand Prize at Festival du Nouveau Cinema Montreal that had had its world premiere less than a month ago.
Organizers decided that the attendance of the audience to the festival would be free during the three evenings of screenings, recommending attendants to donate the price of the ticket to the accounts of tragedy victims in Club Colectiv of Bucharest.
Geo Saizescu International Film Festival is dedicated to fiction short and long films and screenings will take place in the cinema theatre named after the director based in Ramnicu Valcea.
Selected films are authored by filmmakers from France, Canada, Great Britain, Brazil, Germany, China, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Ukraine and Romania.
The festival also includes a competition section dedicated to students’ films. These are automatically included in the Best Short Film section, too.
The festival will also host the screenings of two animation films voiced over in Romanian: “Dragon Nest: Warriors’ Dawn”2014) and “Coconut The Little Dragon” (2014).
The second edition of UrbanEye Festival will be dedicated to the memory of Catalina Ionita (co-founder of the event) and guitar player Mihai Alexandru, and the money raised from selling tickets and subscriptions will be donated to persons injured in the fire in Club Colectiv, presently in hospitals.
The festival will be held until Sunday at Elvira Popescu Cinema Theatre in Bucharest and will start on Thursday, at 5:45 PM, with the screening of “Insight. An eye on Bucharest’s art galleries” (2015, Romania), by Miluta Flueras, and is destined to collect funds needed for the director – photographer’s recovery.
In the aftermath of the fire on October 30, 26 persons have died at the scene, in Club Colectiv, and one more person died on the way to the hospital. In the next days following the tragedy, other 21 persons died, and the total number reached 53 on Wednesday night. Among the deceased, there was Mihai Alexandru, guitarist of the band Goodbye to Gravity – the band that, in the evening of the tragedy, was launching their new album, “Mantras of War” and Mihai’s girlfriend, Catalina Ionita.
Other approximately 150 persons were injured and hospitalized in Bucharest. Of them, approximately 35 were carried to health units abroad, but unfortunately five of them passed away, one in Holland, one in Israel, one on the way to Switzerland and one in the UK.
This year, the festival has five theme sections: recent patrimony, urbanization, small spaces, the life of architects and competition films. The latest section will include screenings of seven films inspired by Romanian reality and the best of them will be granted the UrbanEye 2015 Award.
The UrbanEye Award will be handed out on Saturday.
During the five days of screenings, the audience will have the opportunity to meet in Q & A sessions directors Eric Andrew Bednarski (“Neon”, 2014), Adam Smith (“The Land of Many Palaces”, 2015), Francesca Molteni (“Where Architects Live”, 2014), Joe Gilbert (“Streets in the Sky”, 2015) and Nathan Eddy (“The Absent Column”, 2012) as well as architects Miruna Stroe and Republic of Architects.
Another special event inside UrbanEye is represented by the special guest of the festival, Giorgio Scianca, architect and cultural promoter of events related to this field of activity, who will hold on Saturday, starting at 3:30 PM, the presentation “Celluloid architects: fictional architects in movies”, in English.
UrbanEye is the first festival in România that promotes discussions about the city and urban life through films. The complete program and details about the schedule of screenings may be found on urbaneye.ro.
Concert by Timpuri Noi
The band Timpuri Noi (photo), one of the most prestigious and long-lived Romanian rock bands, will enter the stage of Hard Rock Cafe in Bucharest on November 12. At this event, attendants may donate money for the victims of the tragedy at Club Colectiv.
“The money will be forwarded after the show to Estuar Foundation, to help people in need. We are by the side of mourning families and wish all the best to people struggling in hospital beds”, the organizers announced.
The band Timpuri Noi is the symbol of Romanian rock in the last few decades and in their present formula, they are the voice of rock with a powerful, elaborate, intelligent and acid message. Since the band was founded, Dan Iliescu has been a member of Timpuri Noi as a composer and guitarist. Since 2011, Dan Iliescu also became the vocalist of the band and continues the music mission he assumed several decades ago.
“For those who are yet unaware of it, Dan Iliescu has written all the hits the audience knows so well: Stere, Tanta, Adeline, Luca, Helga, The Violet Brothel, Tar, NATO, Father… and the list may go on and on with few exceptions by counting all albums released by Timpuri Noi throughout the years”, organizers further explained.
Electronic tickets may be purchased on www.iabilet.ro, in the physical network iabilet.ro (www.iabilet.ro/retea – Muzica store, Perfect Tour agencies, Uman, Vgeneration stores, IQ BOX, Say stores network – a partner of Orange, on self-service terminals ZebraPay all over the country), and also at Hard Rock Cafe.
Silent film on music by Strauss
On Friday, November 13, starting at 7 pm, the Radio Hall will be the host of a highly special music and cinema event, organized by Radio Romania and by Goethe – Institut Bucharest at the latter’s initiative: a silent film screening accompanied by an orchestra.
The audience may enjoy Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the rose, editor’s note), comical opera in three acts authored by Richard Strauss, performed by the National Radio Orchestra and conducted by maestro Stefan Geiger and may simultaneously watch the film Der Rosenkavalier, made inn 1925 and inspired by the libretto of Strauss’ opera. The film is authored by director Robert Wiene.
The world premiere of the film was held on January 10, 1926, at Dresden Semperoper (the Lyrical Theatre of Dresden), an institution that had actually hosted the premiere of Strauss’ masterpiece 15 years ago, too.
At the first projection in Dresden, the music accompaniment was provided by an orchestra conducted by the composer himself. A tour in the US had been planned for 1927 for Strauss and his orchestra, but the appearance of spoken film lead to the cancellation of the tour.
Der Rosenkavalier was among the first famous operas that benefited of multimedia versions. Although it is based mostly on the familiarity of the audience with the original opera, the film also works as a comedy on its own, and its charm is enhanced by the locations of the shooting, that include Palace Schonbrunn and its surroundings.
If usually film music is composed after the actual shooting of the film and is therefore adapted to directorial vision, Der Rosenkavalier has represented an unusual situation, where the central element of the film was the music, created before the making of the film.
Richard Strauss has changed in certain places his original work in order to suit the film: he eliminated the vocal parts and partially replaced them with solo instruments. The opera was shortened, the story line was changed, scores from other works by Strauss were included, and some of these were marches and dances from the repertoire of the composer, and so on.
For a long time, the score for the orchestra, accompanied by the film, was not performed, due to issues related to synchronization and the disappearance of the last film roll. 80 years after the premiere of the film, ZDF/ARTE ordered a complete restoration of the film from the Film Archive of Austria, that also included the restoration of the final part.
The music, rearranged by Bernd Thewes, was recorded by Sachsische Staatskapelle, conducted by Frank Strobel, who also helped accomplish the synchronization of this outstanding film-concert project.
Conductor Stefan Gieger has worked on several experiments of this genre, and is a genuine promoter of concerts that accompany film screenings.
Tickets to the show are available on www.eventim.ro, in Germanos, Orange, Vodafone, Domo, Carrefour stores, Carturesti and Humanitas bookshops, OMV gas stations and at the Radio Hall box office.