The European Film Festival was opened on Tuesday evening at the “I.L. Caragiale” National Theater of Bucharest, in the presence of a large number of personalities of the Romanian cultural life, high European officials, representatives of the diplomatic missions and foreign cultural institutes and centers in Bucharest, picture-goers of all ages and journalists.
FFE’s 23rd edition started with a theater performance, offering a surprise moment held by the actors Ion Caramitru and Horatiu Malaele, who have been long applauded by over 600 spectators at the end of the recital, which included fragments of the works of the poets Mihai Eminescu, Nichita Stanescu and Emil Brumaru.
“The high-quality movie and theater viewers have many common features, and the European movie can satisfy both of them. We were glad to have the opportunity to open the stage for both movies and theater. A renewed Festival, with the same reverence for the European values that made it be renowned, but with new sensibilities and original perspectives”, stated the ICR President Liliana Turoiu, pointing out that “the European Film Festival is also a dialogue platform and a way to affirm our membership to Europe”.
An important moment of the evening was the award of two Excellence Awards to the actors Dorina Lazar and Horatiu Malaele, two actors who excelled not only in movies, but also on the theater stage. The President of the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR), Liliana Turoiu, handed to the latter the diploma and the trophy made by the renowned plastic artist Ioan Nemtoi. “They say that what remains after a man when shaking him is love, and what remains after a country is culture. Thank you from my heart”, stated Horatiu Malaele on the TNB stage.
The evening continued with the screening of the gala movie, the Italian allegory Lazzaro felice / Happy as Lazzaro (Italy, 2018, directed by Alice Rohrwacher), an inventory of the illnesses of our times, a movie awarded in 2018 with the Best Scenario Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
The festival continued on Wednesday with the theater play Persona (an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s movie), directed by Peter Kerek, starting at 19.00 at Unteatru and on Thursday, June 14, with a 24-hour marathon of documentary movies, starting at 19.00 at Apollo Teatrul, with the screening of the movie Baloane de curcubeu, the launch of the bilingual volume Iosif Demian. Note de autor, and of the Blu0Ray movie – in the presence of director Iosif Demian, with a gala screening of the latest movie of Tudor Giurgiu – Parking, in the presence of the team, at Cinema Pro, and with the opening party scheduled at 22.00 at Apollo Barul.
The Bucharest edition takes place from June 11 to 23, 2019, at the following halls: Cinema Elvire Popesco, Cinema Muzeul Taranului, Cinema PRO, Cinemateca Eforie, the Czech Center, Goethe-Institut // Pavilion 32, Balassi Institute, Cervantes Institute and the European Public Space. The festival is also held at Chisinau (Odeon Cinema, June 21-23), Ramnicu Valcea (Geo Saizescu Cinema, June 21-23), Tirgu-Mures (Arta Cinema, June 21-23) and Sibiu (Ion Besoiu Cultural Center, June 28-30).
Some of the screenings will be attended by members of the production teams, who will be available for the audience for Q&A sessions. In Bucharest and Chisinau, the Festival also proposes theater performances, so the audience will be able to compare the view of the movie and the theater on the same text: Persona (Ingmar Bergman’s classical movie of 1966) can be watched also as a theater performance on June 22, in Chisinau, at Odeon Cinema, while Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock) can be watched on the film, as well as at Apollo111 (Bucharest), as a theater play directed by Iris Spiridon, on June 17.
The access to the screenings scheduled in the halls of the partner cultural centers and institutes in Bucharest is free. The tickets for the movies screened in cinemas can be purchased from their ticket offices, or online, on the platforms Eventbook (for the movies screened at Cinema Elvire Popesco and Cinema Muzeul Taranului), Eventim (for the movies screened at Cinema PRO) and Kompostor (for the movies screened at Cinemateca Eforie).
The European Film Festival is organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute and supported by the Representation of the European Commission, the Information Office of the European Parliament and the Romanian Filmmakers Union, under the aegis of EUNIC Romania, in partnership with the embassies and cultural centers and institutes of the European countries.