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Bucharest International Film Festival kicks off on September 29 with films in premiere

The 18th edition of the Bucharest International Film Festival (BIFF) will take place between September 29 and October 9 and will bring national premiere films to the Capital.

“This year we only have films premiering in Romania, none of the films from this festival, from the 18th edition of BIFF, have been screened at other festivals in Romania, they are all national premieres and I hope that this will attract even more the public,” Dana Dimitriu-Chelba, the director of the festival, told a press conference held on Thursday at the Italian Institute of Culture in Bucharest.

Eight films will be part of the festival’s official competition, including a Romanian film. The jury is made up of five personalities from the cultural world.

“Unfortunately, the president of the jury, Valentyn Vasyanovych, Ukrainian director who had three films submitted for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film, cannot come, he is detained in Ukraine because of the counter-offensive, but he will remain the president of the jury and online we will go ahead and jury all together,” announced Dana Dimitriu-Chelba.

Multi-award winning films, made in 2021-2022, will be screened in the Panorama section. These are “Evolution” directed by Martin Scorsese, “No Bears” directed by Jafar Panahi, recent winner of the directing award at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, a film that will be screened at the opening of BIFF #18, “Before, Now & Then” directed by Kamila Andini, “The tsugura diaries” directed by Maureen Fezendeiro and Miguel Gomes, “Imagine” written and directed by Andrzej Jakimowski, “Notre Dame Brule” directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, the film that will be presented at the closing of the festival, “Armageddon Time” directed by James Gray, ” Tchaikovsky’s Wife” directed and written by Kirill Serebrennikov.

This year BIFF brings in the Focus Italia section the films awarded at international competitions and world-renowned super-productions such as “The King of Laughter”, “Scarlet”, “Leonora Addio”, “Piccolo Corpo” and “Futura”.

During the festival, a round table titled “Tribute to Ukraine” will be organized, to be attended by the ambassadors of Ukraine and Poland in Bucharest will participate, together with other cultural personalities, an event that will take place on October 7, at the Museum of the Romanian Peasant.

Bucharest International Film Festival (BIFF) is the first major feature film competition organized in the Capital and was created as a festival open to art-house cinema, which encourages newly emerging cinema trends, discovers talents and promotes young filmmakers, Agerpres reports.

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