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European Film Festival 2019: First summer edition, first time beyond EU borders

The 23rd edition of the European Film Festival comes up with novelties organisationally wise: the modification of the period in which it takes place and the inclusion in its schedule of a weekend of European films in Chisinau.

Thus, this year, 23.FFE will take place on June 11-30, the list of cities that will host the event including Bucharest (June 11-23), Chisinau – Republic of Moldova (June 21-23), Ramnicu Valcea (June 21-23), Targu Mures (June 21-23) and Sibiu (June 28-30).

“A film can build bridges and consolidate common values. At the same time, it can portray “the other” in a way that would make them closer in order to better understand them, which represents, in fact, the essence of the cultural diplomacy in whose service we are channelling all efforts. Our festival has always staked on variety, inclusion and dialogue, and the step we are taking outside the European Union, precisely now in the year of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is a landmark of normality. The excellent collaboration with our partners and friends from across the Prut gives us hope that the links between our cultures of common roots will grow, to the benefit of both people,” ICR President Liliana Turoiu stated.

The festival will start in force, with Alice Rohrwacher’s ‘Lazzaro felice’ Italian allegory, a film that is like an inventory of the malaise of our times, distinguished with the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival last year. The gala show is scheduled on Tuesday, June 11, at the National Bucharest Theatre.

“Even though it is a summer edition, it’s not necessarily a lighter one. This year we have a record number of projection locations, ranging from cinema halls to unconventional locales. Of course, we have a savoury selection of old and new comedies, but we have also introduced marathons, those veritable tests of endurance for filmgoers, a tribute paid to a great European filmmaker of restored previously-unseen films, and a section dedicated to the synergy between theatre and cinema, this time with films that become theatre plays. Thirty years since the fall of the Wall, one can see the best films ever made on East Germany. Obviously, there will also be debates, tributes, old and new films, re-orchestrated silent masterpieces, documentaries and book signings. The full schedule drafted by film critic Anca Gradinaru, the artistic director of the current 23.FFE edition, will be revealed next week,” said Anca Hrab, FFE coordinator, ICR.

The European Film Festival is organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute, with the support of the European Commission’s Representation, the European Parliament’s Information Office, and EUNIC Romania, in partnership with the European embassies, cultural centres and institutes.

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