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Russian-style corruption and abductions of children in Cinepolitica 2016 Program

Cinepolitica International Film Festival comes back between 13th and 17th April, at the Elvira Popescu Cinema, for its fifth edition. This year, Cinepolitica will bring carefully selected movies, shocking but powerful ones, as well as debates and special events.

Year by year, Cinepolitica festival aims that, through the cinematographic art, it reveals to the audience the political mechanisms and motivations, which let a finger mark on all of us.

The international contest of the festival includes a relevant selection of recent features films, from all over the world, addressing, in a special manner, the political area and its implications.

Durak/ The Fool (r. Yuriy Bykov), a social and intense drama which comes from a deeply corrupted Russia and Cavalerii Albi/ Les Chevaliers Blancs (r. Joachim Lafosse), a film inspired by a real case which shocked France in 2007, are part of the 5th edition of Cinepolitica International Film Festival’s Contest.

Durak/ The Fool is directed, written and edited by Yuriy Bykov, a young Russian director who attracted the attention of the media and of the film reviewers since 2013, when he presented at Cannes his second feature film,  The Major/ Mayor, interpreting one of the supporting roles too.

His third movie, Durak/The fool (2014, Rusia),  puts face to face an idealist installer with very corrupt bureaucratic system which put in danger not only the life of the installer, but the one of 800 citizens.

The movie is considered a metaphor of a system that is about to fail due to years of corruption and wrong management.

In 2007, the members of the French NGO Zoe’s Ark tried to pull out from Ciad over 100 children who would be adopted by French families. The 103 children, kidnaped at the Ciad-Sudan boarder and about to be sent to Paris under the reason of sanitary evacuation, were recovered by the police from Abache, just before their embarkation.

Cavalerii Albi/ Les Chevaliers Blancs (2015, Belgia – Franța), the movie of the Belgian director Joachim Lafosse, is inspired by this case, and like the his previous feature film,  À perde la raison, is inspired by real facts.  Lafosse doesn’t want to present to the audience an absolute truth, but rather a neutral position: to way to hell is paved with good intentions and the NGO’s volunteers are presented as good persons but ones who are overtaken by the events and blinded by feelings.

Organized by the Image and Culture Association, Cinepolitica International Film Festival is sponsored by “I.L.Caragiale” National University of Drama and Film” (UNATC) and the National University of Art (UNArte). The event is sponsored by the National Center for Cinematography (NCC) and it has as partners the Romanian Cultural Institute, British Council and Wallonie-Bruxelles Delegation. Additional info : www.cinepolitica.ro | Facebook: www.facebook.com/cinepolitica.filmfestival.



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