The Transylvania International Film Festival – TIFF has opened its gates on Friday evening in the central area of the city of Cluj-Napoca, with a schedule July 31 – August 9 that includes new films running for the first time in Romania in some of traditional sections such as HBO Day, Hungarian Days, and old, restored films that will be featured on the big screen in special screenings.
The opening gala started in Union Square, from 21:00 EEST, with the running of the French comedy ‘La Belle Epoque,’ directed by Nicolas Bedos, whose world premiere took place at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Following the reconfiguration of TIFF in 13 open-air locations in and around Cluj, the Hungarian Day is transformed into the Hungarian Days. Eight of the most popular films recently produced in Hungary will run August 4-6, Agerpres informs.
Director Attila Szasz returns with “Apro mesek” (Tall Tales), an emotional rollercoaster about the extremely dangerous love adventure of a fugitive at the end of WWII. Abel Visky, winner of the Local Competition in 2013, comes with “Mesek a zarkabol” (Tales from the Prison), a creative documentary about the relationships of some children with their fathers behind bars. About another parental connection, “Akik maradtak” (Those Who Remained), directed by Barnabas Toth, tells an emotional story inspired by the healing power of love. It is shortlisted for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
In “FOMO: Megosztod, es Uralkodsz” (FOMO: Fear of Missing Out), by Attila Hartung, some terrible teenagers become the subject of an extensive investigation after a party that leads to the disappearance of a colleague. Director Mark Bodzsar returns to TIFF with ” “Drakulics elvtars” (Comrade Drakulich) a delicious vampire comedy in which the authorities get involved to unravel the mystery of a character who never seems to grow old. An impressive documentary, “A letezes euforiaja” (The Euphoria of Being), the debut of director Reka Szabo, follows the life of a woman who lost her entire family during the war, transposed into a performance that marks her first appearance on stage, at the age of 90.
Disturbing and extremely current is the world of the protagonist of “Eden”, the film directed by Agnes Kocsis, one of the jurors of the TIFF 2018 edition, and co-produced in Romania. Also produced with Romanian participation is the thriller “Valan – Az utolso hivas” (Valan – Valley of Angels), the debut of Bela Bagota, about a young policeman following in the footsteps of his sister who disappeared 30 years ago.
The Hungarian Days at TIFF are presented by the National Film Institute Hungary, the Balassi Institute – the Hungarian Institute in Bucharest and Filmtett.
HBO, a traditional partner at TIFF, will offer this year’s audience the chance to watch on August 7, at 21:30, EEST, at Club Transilvania, just before the official premiere on the small screens, the first two episodes of the original production “Black Money (for white days) “/” Tuff Money,” written and directed by Daniel Sandu, a humorous story about an unusual robbery. Special screenings will include Sundance-winner documentary “Home” / “My Home” by Radu Ciorniciuc, and “Collectiv”, a documentary directed by Alexander Nanau, which follows a hallucinatory investigation of frauds in the medical system.
TIFF will also host a series of special screenings of restored films. Produced during the catastrophic floods of May 1970, the documentary ” Apa ca un bivol negru” (Black Buffalo Water) is considered the manifesto film of an entire generation of Romanian directors: Andrei Catalin Baleanu, Petre Bokor, Iosif Demian, Stere Gulea, Roxana Pana, Dan Pita, Dinu Tanase, Nicolae Margineanu and Mircea Veroiu. 50 years after its making, the film will run in a restored version on August 7, at midnight, in the UBB space. “Balanta” (The Oak), the remarkable 1992 film by Lucian Pintilie, restored by Fundaţia9 and BRD – Groupe Societe Generale and successfully relaunched in 4K digital format at the beginning of this year, can also be watched at TIFF at the Unitarian Episcopate on August 7 from 21:30.
Also spectacular will be the return to the big screen – also in a digitally restored version – of the film “Crash,” the shocking thriller by David Cronenberg based on the controversial novel by the same name by J. G. Ballard, which explores the connection between danger, sex and death.
The active film library, a project of the IL Caragiale National University of Drama and Filmmaking, which celebrates 70 years since its establishment, reveals nine valuable short films from the valuable film library of the university by Radu Gabrea, Felicia Cernaianu, Ada Pistiner , Dorin Moldovan, Stefan Traian Roman, Andrei Vidrascu, Nicolae Opritescu, Tudor Eliad and Timotei Ursu. The collection, curated by Andrei Rus, will be showed at Cosbuc on August 7 from 21:30.
TIFF is organised by the Association for the Promotion of Romanian Film and the Transylvania Film Festival Association.
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