European Film Festival has opened its gates in Bucharest

European Film Festival began on Thursday. The 21st edition was inaugurated with “Cealalta parte a sperantei” (“The Other Side of Hope” – e.n.) (2017), directed by Aki Kaurismäki, the movie being presented for the first time in Romania, at the opening gala of the Festival. The gala was held at the National Art Museum of Romania (MNAR), a new venue for the Festival, which provides the public, in addition to the cinematographic screenings, the opportunity to discover arts through original visual experiences, thanks to the VR (virtual reality) technology.


The movie “Cealalta parte a sperantei”, which will also open the local editions of the Festival, is an honest attempt of empathy and understanding, by changing the perspectives on the painful and unavoidable themes that the contemporary European society has to face. However, the humorous approach will give a refreshing state of well-being, fed by the moments of tender humanity. The importance of the subject is proven by similarly continuing the director’s concerns. Thus, the movie is the second one in the series “port cities”, which includes Le Havre (2011), which opened EFF in 2012.


The festival will continue in Bucharest until May 11, at the halls: Cinema Elvire Popesco, Peasant Museum Cinema – “Horia Bernea” Studio, National Art Museum of Romania, the Czech Center, Cervantes Institute and the European Public Area, then it will travel throughout the country: Iasi (May 12 to 14), Tirgu Mures (May 19 to 21), Gura Humorului (May 19 to 21) and Timisoara (May 26 to 28).


The access is free for the screenings in the country and in the cultural centers in Bucharest. The access at Cinema Elvire Popesco and at the Peasant Museum Cinema – “Horia Bernea” Studio is allowed only on a ticket basis; tickets can be purchased at the ticket offices of the movie theaters or online, from Eventbook:


EFF will award three ticket paying spectators with one subscription for one year at Details on the Festival website:


Besides the traditional program of cinematographic screenings, the festival proposes to the public cinematographic education workshops, meetings with teams of some of the movies included in the Festival and debates.


The full agenda of the screenings is available at:


The European Film Festival is organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute, under the aegis of EUNIC Romania, together with the Representation of the European Commission, with the support of the European embassies and cultural centers, of the National Art Museum, Romanian Peasant Museum/Peasant Museum Cinema, French Institute – Cinema Elvire Popesco, Czech Center, Cervantes Institute, European Public Area, UCIN and Information Office of the European Parliament.


Photo: Sakari Kuosmanen, Simon Al-Bazoon, and Sherwan Haji in Toivon tuolla puolen (2017)

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