Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema 2012 Nov 29 – Dec 05
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For the seventh time, a Romanian film season in NYC, featuring an inventive selection of the most compelling recent Romanian productions (feature, documentary and short films), lead by Cristian Mungiu's highly anticipated new feature Beyond the Hills (this year’s official Romanian submission to the Oscars) and Tudor Giurgiu's social comedy Of Snails and Men. In addition, this year’s program includes a three-film retrospective of cult filmmaker Alexandru Tatos and the anniversary screening of the 1970s classic Stone Wedding. Plus special programs and panels, including a series of conversations on the recent political shifts affecting the arts and culture in Central and Eastern Europe.
In This Series
Opening Night! Director Tudor Giurgiu and actors Monica Bîrlădeanu and Andi Vasluianu in person!
A group of desperate workers come up with a crazy idea in order to save their factory from bankruptcy. This Full Monty-like bittersweet comedy is based on a real story from the 90s, at the exact time when the King of Pop visited Romania.Read more »
Closing Night! Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan in person!
Inspired by a real case of exorcism, Cristian Mungiu's new film is an all too believable portrait of dogma at odds with personal liberty in a society still emerging from the shadow of Communism. A NYFF selection, multiple prizewinner in Cannes, and Romania's official 2012 Oscar submission.Read more »
New 35mm print! Actress Anda Onesa and Director of Photography Florin Mihăilescu in person! Screening as part of our Alexandru Tatos Retrospective.
In a border village during WW2, Anastasia (Anda Onesa, winner of Best Actress at the 1980 Karlovy Vary Film Festival) refuses to obey orders and buries a partisan, in this unsettling and modern retelling of Antigone's myth.Read more »
New York Premiere! Producer Ada Solomon in person!
In this expertly choreographed film, the life of a young man (Bogdan Dumitrache, winner of Best Actor at the 2011 Locarno Film Festival) is turned upside down when his mother suffers a stroke and gets hospitalized. But everybody's best intentions are far from reassuring.Read more »
Free screening! North American Premiere!
Constructed almost entirely from still photos masterfully synchronized with audio commentaries, this challenging doc tells the story of an adventurous one-man motorcycle expedition that spans over 21, 000 kilometers and 14 countries.Read more »
Free Screening! Tickets are not required for admission into the theater for these programs. Seating will be first come, first serve on a space-available basis. Director Tudor Giurgiu in person for November 30 screening!
The best of the newest short films include, among others, the hilarious 3-minute animation The Scream (Edvard Munch's famous canvas meets Pink Floyd!), the slick, Moebius strip-like Infinite Minutes and this year's Cannes Critics Week selection A Family Dinner.
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New 35mm print! Cinematographer Florin Mihăilescu in person! Screening as part of our Alexandru Tatos Retrospective.
Following the tribulations of a newly-appointed urologist, Tatos' debut film is an acid pamphlet against destruction of young talent as well as a stand against the pervasive corruption that plagues even the noblest of professions.Read more »
Free screening and panel discussion! Director of Photography Florin Mihăilescu in person!
Full of provocative political metaphors, Tatos' masterpiece is a powerful meditation on the role of the arts in a rigidly controlled society, told in three parts, each of which involves a film crew. Screening as part of our Alexandru Tatos retrospective, followed by a panel discussion on "Creative Freedom Through Cinema."Read more »
40th anniversary screening! New 35mm print!
Celebrating 40 years since its release, this cult classic is comprised of two separate stories of different mode, set in the same small town, both with a wedding reference as a central point and the timeless quality of old and tragic folktales.Read more »
North American Premiere! Director Radu Gabrea and actress Victoria Cocias in person!
An unusual companion to Andrei Ujică's The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu, Gabrea's docudrama is an intriguing mix of true fiction and false reality, perfectly in tune with the ambiguities of the Romanian Revolution.Read more »
Free screening and panel discussion!
Two boys live in the shadow of their dissident father in director Péter Gothár’s frightening indictment of life under a socialist regime, one of the most acclaimed Hungarian films of all time. Followed by a special panel discussion, Creative Freedom Through Cinema: Romania and Hungary.Read more »
One of the deepest insight into the Romanian crime landscape to date, this doc produced by Cătălin Mitulescu (Loverboy) follows the destinies of three men from the day they are released from prison through the beginnings of their new livesRead more »
Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema is co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Romanian Film Initiative (www.filmetc.org), in collaboration with Transilvania International Film Festival, the Romanian National Film Center, and László Jakab Orsós, and with the support of the Trust for Mutual Understanding, Blue Heron Foundation and numerous other generous donors and sponsors, including visual artist Adrian Ghenie, and producer-director Bobby Paunescu. The initiative enjoys the support of leading Romanian artists, including Cristian Mungiu, Radu Muntean, Lucian Pintilie, Corneliu Porumboiu, Cristi Puiu, Andrei Ujica, Dan Perjovschi, and Andrei Serban.