The 6th Romanian Film Festival in New York

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November 30 – December 6

The 6th Romanian Film Festival organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York sports a new look for its first showing at Lincoln Center, displaying an impressive array of recent features (including several NY premieres), while also highlighting the outstanding careers of two masters through complete retrospectives: veteran Liviu Ciulei and Radu Muntean of Tuesday, After Christmas fame. The cult film that started it all for the Romanian New Wave, Cristi Puiu’s Stuff and Dough, prompts a special 10-year anniversary screening.

Liviu Ciulei Retrospective
An internationally renowned actor and stage director (including five years as artistic director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis), the late Liviu Ciulei (1923-2011) was also the director of three intensely cinematic feature films from Romania’s first “new wave” of internationally acclaimed filmmakers. We are pleased to present the first complete U.S. retrospective of Ciulei’s rarely screened films, in the presence of actress Irina Petrescu, star of The Danube Waves.

Radu Muntean Retrospective
A key figure in the new Romanian cinema, director Radu Muntean first drew international acclaim for his masterful Romanian Revolution drama The Paper Will Be Blue, before becoming one of the toasts of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival for his searing marital drama, Tuesday, After Christmas. We are pleased to welcome Muntean for the first complete U.S. retrospective of his remarkable body of work, including the world premiere of his new HBO documentary, Visiting Room.

Past Films

Adalbert’s Dream

Adalbert’s Dream

Gabriel Achim | 2011 | 101 mins

U.S. Premiere! Q&A with actor Gabriel Spahiu!

Cleverly shot with old-school VHS technology, this wry, fact-based black comedy follows factory workers prepping for a Communist Party anniversary celebration. 

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Boogie

Boogie

{REL[2663][film_related_director]B0Cn4XQ0REL} 2008 | 102 mins

Introduction by Radu Muntean and actress Anamaria Marinca!

Dragos Bucur (Police, Adjective) and Anamaria Marinca (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) star in Muntean’s dramatic comedy about a young father pining for his bachelor days.

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Danube Waves

Danube Waves

Liviu Ciulei | 1959 | 35mm | 110 mins

New 35mm print!

Ciulei’s gripping second feature recalls the best of Fritz Lang in its WWII-era tale of three people crossing the Nazi-mined Danube on a barge. Screening introduced by Irina Petrescu.

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Digging for Life

Digging for Life

Pavel Cuzuioc | 2011 | 55 mins

A fascinating documentary about the only living inhabitants—the gravediggers—of Moldova’s Cemetery of St. Lazar, one of the largest in all of Europe.

FREE ADMISSION: complimentary tickets only available at the box office on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Eruption

Eruption

{REL[2673][film_related_director]AiqefFChREL} 1957 | 35mm | 108 mins

New 35mm print!

Ciulei’s impressive debut feature is a proto-There Will Be Blood, set in an abandoned oil town where a few drillers linger on, hoping to strike black gold.

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Forest of the Hanged

Forest of the Hanged

Liviu Ciulei | 1964 | 154 mins

Ciulei’s epic account of a Romanian lieutenant in the Austro-Hungarian army during the most brutal days of WWI. Screening introduced by critic Magda Mihailescu.

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Hello! How Are You?

Hello! How Are You?

{REL[2670][film_related_director]Y75yH2YNREL} 2010 | 105 mins

Actress Ana Popescu in-person!

Maftei’s witty rom-comedy of errors sees an estranged husband and wife searching for their soul-mates online and entering into an affair...with each other.

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Kapitalism: Our Improved Formula

Kapitalism: Our Improved Formula

Alexandru Solomon | 2010 | 77 mins

This incisive documentary portrait of Romanian capitalism and the new ruling class exposes its roots in the communist past, with unprecedented access to fearless top magnates.

FREE ADMISSION: complimentary tickets only available at the box office on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Loverboy

Loverboy

Cătălin Mitulescu | 2011 | 95 mins

A loverboy’s routine is challenged and the hunter becomes the hunted in this gritty study on human trafficking from the director of How I Spent the End of the World.

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Morgen

Morgen

Marian Crişan | 2010 | 100 mins

Opening Night!  

Romania’s official 2011 Oscar submission is a charming fish-out-of-water tale about a supermarket security guard who tries to smuggle a Kurdish immigrant. Q&A w/ Marian Crişan followed by a reception in the Furman Gallery, open to all ticketholders.

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Our School

Our School

Mona Nicoară | Miruna Coca-Cozma | 2011 | 93 mins

This affectionate verité documentary observes the trials and tribulations of three Roma children facing prejudice and segregation in a small Transylvanian town. Q&A with Mona Nicoară.

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Outbound

Outbound

Bogdan George Apetri | 2010 | 87 mins

The march of New Romanian Cinema continues apace in this quietly gripping drama that steadily descends into a dog- eat-dog netherworld in which matter-of-fact exploitation and reflexive avarice are givens.

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The Paper Will Be Blue + A Conversation with Radu Muntean

The Paper Will Be Blue + A Conversation with Radu Muntean

Radu Muntean | 2006 | 95 mins

Closing Night! Muntean plunges us into the confusion of Dec. 22, 1989, the moment of Ceausescu’s overthrow, as seen from the POV of a military tank command. Introduction by actor Andi Vasluianu.

Screening followed by an extended Q&A between Radu Muntean and Film Society Associate Program Director Scott Foundas.

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Principles of Life

Principles of Life

Constantin Popescu | 2010 | 95 mins

The great Vlad Ivanov (of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and Police, Adjective) stars as a harried husband and father in this insightful comedy of the everyday. Q&A with Vlad Ivanov. U.S. Premiere!

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The Rage

The Rage

Radu Muntean | 2003 | 82 mins

Q&A with Radu Muntean and actor Andi Vasluianu!

Muntean’s accomplished debut follows a pair of delinquent teens (Dragos Bucur and Andi Vasluianu) on the run from the Gypsy gang leader to whom they owe $7000.

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Red Gloves

Red Gloves

Radu Gabrea | 2010 | 120 mins

A young Saxon writer is pressured to incriminate his colleagues during months of interrogation and torture in this unsettling adaptation of Eginald Schlattner’s novel. Q&A w/ Radu Gabrea.

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Stuff and Dough

Stuff and Dough

Cristi Puiu | 2001 | 90 mins

10th Anniversary Screening! The debut feature by the director of The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and Aurora is a seriocomic, Jarmusch-esque road movie about three slacker teens making a delivery for a small-time gangster. Following the screening of Stuff and Dough, join us in the Film Center Amphitheater for New Romanian Cinema: The Tipping Point, a roundtable discussion about the 10 years of the Romanian New Wave, moderated by Romanian Film Festival Artistic Director Mihai Chirilov and Film Society Associate Program Director Scott Foundas. 

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Tuesday, After Christmas

Tuesday, After Christmas

Radu Muntean | 2010 | 95 mins

Q&A with Radu Muntean!

Paul (Mimi Branescu) must choose between his wife of 10 years (Mirela Oprisor) and his mistress (Maria Popistasu) in Muntean’s singular, stripped-down look at adultery. Please note: Admission will be charged for this screening, which will be in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center..

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Visiting Room

Visiting Room

Radu Muntean | 2011 | 62 mins

Q&A with Radu Muntean!

Muntean gives a compassionate look of longterm convicts who found their soul-mates while confined, in this clean-cut, nonjudgmental documentary. Please note: Admission will be charged for this screening, which will be in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.

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