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May 9, 2021

BIFF, the oldest international film festival in Bucharest, kicks off

The Bucharest International Film Festival (BIFF), the oldest feature film competition festival in Bucharest, takes place this year on April 18-24.

In just seven days of festival, special events for children and adults will take place at the French Institute (‘Elvire Popesco’ Hall), the Romanian Peasant Museum and the Peasant’s Club: premiere screenings, galas, workshops and master classes.

‘Soy Nero,’  (photo) a Germany/France/Mexico/U.S. production directed by Rafi Pitts and with Razvan Radulescu as co-screenwriter, and ‘A Dragon Arrives!”, an Iranian production directed by Iran’s Mani Haghighi, will come to BIFF directly from Berlin and will take part in the Official Competition.

‘Soy Nero’ is a film just as bitter and uncomfortable as the topic it tackles. The film flows easily under Rafi Pitts’s emblematic signature, the director’s Iranian-British roots leaving their mark on the cultural weight of this film production.

‘A Dragon Arrives!” – directed in the playful and absurd manner Mani Haghighi got us used to, the ‘film d’auteur’ with ‘arthouse’ pretensions is intriguing and mindboggling; a story from the Iran of the 1960s set against an atemporal backdrop, the organisers show.

The 12th edition rounds off BIFF’s concept. Apart from its traditional sections (Competition, BEST 4 Kids), there will be two new sections: Le Film Francophone and Venice, the latter dedicated to the Venice International Film Festival.

The films, most of them without distributor in Romania, and the special guests from the Romanian and international film industries guarantee a magical week for the lovers of art and culture.



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