Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema 2013

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November 29 – December 3

Film as propaganda tool. Filmmaking as metabolic process. Throw in a triple dose of Transylvanian flavor from a popular series of Red Westerns; the complete works of one of The New York Times’ 20 Directors to Watch, Corneliu Porumboiu; Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear award winner Child’s Pose; and the World Premiere of Closer to the Moon; and you’ll have the 8th edition of Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema.

Co-presented with the Romanian Film Initiative and in collaboration with Transilvania International Film Festival. This year's festival continues at the Jacob Burns Film Center, December 5 – 10. This year's edition of Making Waves is dedicated to the Save Rosia Montana movement.

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In This Series

Closer to the Moon

Closer to the Moon

Nae Caranfil | 2013 | 110 mins

Opening Night! World Premiere!

Director Nae Caranfil and actor Harry Lloyd in person for Q&A!

The true but incredible story of a group of Jewish top members of the nomenklatura who, in 1959, robbed Romania's National Bank and made it look like a film shoot. Vera Farmiga and Game of Thrones' Harry Lloyd star.

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Child’s Pose

Child’s Pose

Calin Peter Netzer | 2013 | 112 mins

Centerpiece! New York Premiere!

Star Luminița Gheorghiu in person for Q&A!

Luminița Gheorghiu (The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu) is pitch perfect in this Golden Bear winner that deals with the mother of all moral dilemmas: a parent willing to do everything in order to save her son, who killed a child in a car accident.

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When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism

When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism

Corneliu Porumboiu | 2013 | 89 mins

Closing Night! Director Corneliu Porumboiu in person for Q&A!

A rigorously structured and fascinatingly oblique new film from Corneliu Porumboiu that examines the life of a film director during the moments on a shoot when the camera isn’t rolling.

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12:08 East of Bucharest

12:08 East of Bucharest

Corneliu Porumboiu | 2006 | 89 mins

Winner of the 2006 Camera d'Or prize at Cannes, this sociopolitical satire focuses on a group of characters who, on December 22, 2005, commemorate the 16th anniversary of Ceausescu's fall.

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The București Experiment

The București Experiment

Tom Wilson | 2013 | 68 mins

U.S. Premiere! Director Tom Wilson in person!

A disturbing film (or documentary?) about what really happened in Romania’s 1989 coup d'etat that dares to investigate a secret project for psychological engineering set up by the secret police.

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Domestic

Domestic

AdrIan Sitaru | 2013 | 85 mins

There's a tender and humorous touch to this light collection of tales about people who eat the animals that they love and animals that love people unconditionally, masterfully directed in impeccable wide one-shots.

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Here… I Mean There

Here… I Mean There

Laura Capatana-Juller | 2012 | 76 mins

U.S Premiere!

This deeply felt coming-of-age documentary follows two girls whose parents left to work in Spain and are cared for by their grandparents—a brief but intimate portrait of a broken family.

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Love Building

Love Building

Iulia Rugina | 2013 | 85 mins

U.S. Premiere! Star Eugen Lumezianu and screenwriter Oana Răsuceanu in person!

Fourteen couples enroll in a camp designed to mend broken relationships, but things get out of hand in this charming low-budget comedy that has "American remake" written all over it.

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Police, Adjective

Police, Adjective

Corneliu Porumboiu | 2009 | 115 mins

Discovering a teenager with drugs, a young policeman hesitates about turning him in. But his supervisor has other ideas in this beautifully acted, provocative modern morality play.

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Three Exercises of Interpretation

Three Exercises of Interpretation

Cristi Puiu | 2013 | 157 mins

U.S. Premiere!

Inspired by the work of Russian philosopher Vladimir Solovyov, this trilogy focuses on a group of friends gathered for lunch and engaged in rich conversation covering life's most complex moral topics.

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Creative Freedom Through Cinema

| 60 mins

Free and open to the public!

The relationship between arts and politics is explored through a free panel conversation with filmmakers and film historians from Romania, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.

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The Prophet, the Gold and the Transylvanians

The Prophet, the Gold and the Transylvanians

Dan Pita | 1979 | 98 mins

New 35mm print! Introduced by Richard Peña!

This first installment in the so-called Transylvanians Trilogy is a fun red western shot in Romania that tells the story of two Transylvanians who go to the mining town of Cedar City, Utah to persuade their brother to come back home.

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The Actress, the Dollars and the Transylvanians

The Actress, the Dollars and the Transylvanians

Mircea Veroiu | 1981 | 72 mins

New 35mm print!

The second film in the trilogy continues the American adventures of the three Transylvanian brothers, throwing in some more gunfights, bar brawls, train ambushes, bandits, Indians and a flamboyant cabaret actress.

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The Oil, the Baby and the Transylvanians

The Oil, the Baby and the Transylvanians

Dan Pita | 1982 | 108 mins

New 35mm print!

The last part in the trilogy follows the three brothers on their way home, but having to settle in Swanton City where the eldest of them finds oil while digging for water. Romanian propaganda films were never that inventive.

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Larks on a String

Larks on a String

Jiri Menzel | 1969 | 100 mins

Filmed during the Prague Spring of 1968, Jiri Menzel's absurdist satire of authoritarian reeducation manages to combine political critique with audacious celebrations of liberation.

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The Sun in a Net

The Sun in a Net

Stefan Uher | 1962 | 90 mins

Preceding the Czechoslovak New Wave, the second film by Slovak director Stefan Uher did much to push the boundaries of acceptable Socialist Realism in an episodic narrative about a casual teenage couple at the end of the school year.

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New Romanian Shorts

New Romanian Shorts

Various | 2013 | 116 mins

Free and open to the public!

The Chekhov-like Shadow of a Cloud by Radu Jude leads this eclectic bunch of seven shorts that also includes the Romanian answer to Kill Bill, 12 Minutes, and the hypnotic video-art of Matriarch, featuring a striking Luminița Gheorghiu.

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The Short Films of Corneliu Porumboiu

The Short Films of Corneliu Porumboiu

Corneliu Porumboiu | 2002 – 2004 | 70 mins

Free and open to the public!

Three early shorts—Liviu’s Dream (2004, 39m), A Trip to the City (2003, 19m), Gone with the Wine (2002, 9m)—by the director of Police, Adjective and NYFF51 favorite When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism.

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Cristi Puiu’s 2013 TIFF Trailers

Cristi Puiu’s 2013 TIFF Trailers

Cristi Puiu | 2013 | 30 mins

Free and open to the public!

The Cannes award-winning director of The Death of Mr. Lazarescu produced 20 two-minute trailers for the Transilvania International Film Festival starring Romanian icon Luminița Gheorghiu.

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Contemporary Romanian Cinema: The History of an Unexpected Miracle

Free and open to the public!

Dominique Nasta, Professor of Film Studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, will be present for the launch of her recently published book, Contemporary Romanian Cinema: The History of an Unexpected Miracle (Wallflower Press, 2013).

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