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The ArteKino Festival at the Elvire Popesco Cinema: Great movies on the big screen

Online is nice, but offline and on the big screen is even more interesting… From December 6 to 10, the Elvire Popesco Cinema of the Bucharest French Institute will host for the first time the offline section of the ArteKino Festival. The Romanian audience will be able to see the unique projections of 5 cinematographic productions much applauded at the most prestigious festivals around the world.

Being created at the initiative of the ARTE French-German TV channel, ArteKino Festival is at its second edition and is held in France and in the whole Europe, between December 1 and 17. A selection of 10 outstanding European features can be watched in more than 15 cinemas on the continent as well as online, in 45 European countries, on the artekinofestival.com portal, where spectators can benefit from subtitles in 4 languages. European internauts will have access to a total of 50,000 free views (5,000 views for each movie).

The spectators and the users of the platform will choose and will grant the Public Award in value of EUR 30,000, and they can win a stay in the German capital, on the occasion of the Berlinale.

Tickets are available at eventbook.ro


The festival program:


  • Inimi cicatrizate (Scarred Hearts – e.n.), by Radu Jude (photo)

Romania, Germany // 141 min

  1. Emanuel, a 20 years old young man suffering from bone tuberculosis, is hospitalized in a seafront sanatorium. Free adaptation after M. Blecher’s literary work.


Festivals: Locarno Festival (Special Jury Prize), BFI London IFF, Hamburg FF (Hamburg Producers Award), Haifa FF (Special Mention), Busan IFF, Goteborg FF and other 11 festivals.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017 / 19.00


  • Colo, by Teresa Villaverde

Portugal // 132 min

In Portugal, the life of a family is overwhelmed by the economic crisis. The beautiful apartment where its members live is nothing else than the memory of the past welfare. Being unemployed, the father spends his days on the roof of the building, with a lost gaze, toward a horizon without any perspective. Every day, the mother returns home exhausted after the hours spent at her two jobs. The teenage daughter is solitary, she communicates a little with the others, wondering if her parents still have enough money to pay her transport to school. The camera remains discreet – privileging general plans – just to better capture the feelings of the characters. However, the film is not static, the family trying to mobilize and move forward. One after the other, its members leave the roles in which we discovered them at the beginning of the movie, the relationships between them evolve and bring them to new opportunities. Even if they do not realize immediately, the father, the mother and the daughter took their destiny in their own hands.

Festivals: Berlin IFF, Uruguay IFF, Hong Kong IFF, Indie Lisboa, Melbourne IFF, Scanorama FF Vilnius, Bildrausch Filmfest Basel (Best Film)

Thursday, December 7, 2017 / 20.30


  • Hot sun (Soleil battant), by Clara Laperrousaz, Laura Laperrousaz

France // 95 min

Together with Emma and Zoé, their adorable 6 years old twins, Gabriel and Iris spend their holiday again in Portugal, in a family home. In a setting where the sun is the only master, among the lively laughs of the girls and the bathing moments, the past of the couple is being arising. Emma is pressed by a secret which is much too hard to take for her, which she cannot share with her sister.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 / 16.00


  • Chevalier, by Athina Rachel Tsangari

Greece // 105 min

In the middle of the Aegean Sea, six men are fishing on a luxurious yacht. They decided to play a game. Their performances will be measured and their courage will be tested. The winner will be the greatest and will have the right to wear the sign of the victory on his pinky: the chevalier.

Festivals: Locarno 2015 (competition), Sarajevo 2015, Toronto 2015, London 2015, Thessaloniki 2015, Rotterdam 2016

Saturday, December 9, 2017 / 20.15








  • Godless (Bezbog), by Ralitza Petrova

Bulgaria, Denmark, France // 99 min

A nurse sells the ID cards of her patients with dementia on the black market. Gripped by greed and morphine addiction, this is how she tries to forget about the affective void in which she is, as well as about the more and more strong fear of being caught by the police.

Festivals: Locarno Festival (Best Film, Best Actress), Sarajevo IFF (Special Jury Prize), CPH PIX (Best Film), Reykjavik IFF (Best Film), Toronto IFF, Torino FF, Black Nights IFF, Hamburg FF and other 14 festivals.

Sunday, December 10, 2017 / 17.30

All movies are presented in the original version, being subtitled in Romanian and English.




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