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The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Romanian Film Initiative
announce the lineup for the 8th edition of MAKING WAVES: New Romanian Cinema
Launches November 29-December 3 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the series
expands to the Jacob Burns Film Center from December 5-10
Highlights include Opening Night selection, Closer to the Moon by Nae Caranfil;
a retrospective of director Corneliu Porumboiu; the Transylvanians Trilogy,
a compelling look into the “Red Western” genre and many in-person appearances!
New York, NY (October 28, 2013) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Romanian Film Initiative are pleased to announce the 8th edition of MAKING WAVES: New Romanian Cinema, which has been hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “the annual weeklong survey that has helped define and establish the southeastern European country as a stronghold of socially incisive, independently minded personal cinema.” The 8th edition of the festival will take place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center from November 29 to December 3, 2013. The festival offers the best selection of contemporary Romanian filmmaking, including features, documentaries and shorts, along with retrospectives of Romanian filmmakers, special programs, panels and a book launch. This year the series will expand with a selection of the line up screening at the Jacob Burns Film Center from December 5-10. The series is co-presented by FSLC and the Romanian Film Initiative, and in partnership with the Jacob Burns Film Center and Transilvania International Film Festival.
“From its rich and underexplored past to its still-thriving present, Romanian cinema remains among the most vital in the world,” said Dennis Lim, FSLC Director of Cinematheque Programming. “We are very pleased to welcome back our Romanian showcase Making Waves for one of its strongest editions yet.”
This year’s edition includes exciting and critically-acclaimed new works including the World Premiere of the U.S.-Romanian production Closer to the Moon by Nae Caranfil as the opening night film, a true account of high-ranking Jewish members of the nomenklatura, who robbed the Romanian National Bank making it look like a film shoot, the Romanian selection for the Oscar® for best foreign film, Child’s Pose by Călin Peter Netzer, and the NYFF51 favorite When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism by Corneliu Porumboiu which is the closing night film. Equally new are Domestic, Adrian Sitaru's third and most accomplished film yet, box-office hit Love Building, directed by first-timer Iulia Rugină and two feature-length documentaries: the bittersweet Here... I Mean There by Laura Căpățână-Juller (Best Romanian Film at the Transilvania International Film Festival) and the highly provocative The București Experiment by Tom Wilson, most probably the first mockumentary in the Romanian film history.
Corina Șuteu, President of Making Waves, states, “This year, Making Waves represents for its initiators a landmark, as a Romanian film season striving to make a strong statement about the absolute need for freedom of artistic expression in times when propaganda is more than exclusively the instrument of authoritarian systems. The 2013 edition of Making Waves is also modestly dedicated to the “Save Roșia Montană” movement of peaceful protests all over the world.”
For the second consecutive year, MAKING WAVES is now a fully independent festival of Romanian contemporary cinema and culture, made possible solely through the support of private funders and individual donations, including a large number of Romanian artists who believe that audiences at home and abroad deserve unfettered access to the best of Romanian contemporary culture. The series receives no public funding from Romanian state institutions.
Initiated in 2006 and chaired by reputed cultural entrepreneur and cultural policy expert Corina Șuteu, MAKING WAVES has become a fixture in New York City’s cultural scene. In an inventive selection made by artistic director Mihai Chirilov, MAKING WAVES also introduces American audiences to films and filmmakers who laid the ground for the new Romanian cinema long before Cannes or Berlin discovered “The Romanian New Wave.” The festival has grown every year, attracting a larger and dedicated following and building a strong recognition in the U.S. media and among film professionals, both Romanian and American.
Mihai Chirilov, Artistic Director, adds, “This is our most surprising edition yet. Next to sure bets like Cristi Puiu and Corneliu Porumboiu’s newest films, there’s the top winner at this year’s Berlinale, the world premiere of a Romanian film shot in English with an stellar international cast, a triple dose of genre cinema from the ‘80s, and last but not least, a provocative documentary that dares to investigate a strange experiment from Romania’s recent history.”
The 8th edition of MAKING WAVES includes a retrospective of the work of Corneliu Porumboiu. In a recent article flagging “20 Directors to Watch” in The New York Times, A.O. Scott wrote, “Mr. Porumboiu is a master of the long static shot, the weary argument and the deadpan existential joke. He fixes his camera on the struggles of minor potentates and midlevel functionaries — a TV host in “12:08”; a detective and his bosses in “Police, Adjective”; a movie director in “Evening Falls on Bucharest, or Metabolism” — and divines the secrets of his society, and of our vain, pathetic species, in the smallest details of speech and behavior.”
MAKING WAVES continues its special program “Creative Freedom through Cinema” about the relationship between arts and politics, focusing on film as a propaganda tool then and now, inviting the Czech Republic and Slovakia to join in the conversation. Special screenings of landmark films by Dan Pița, Mircea Veroiu, Štefan Uher and Jirí Menzel will be accompanied by a panel conversation with filmmakers, film historians and curators from the guest countries. Presented in partnership with the Romanian National Film Center, Czech Center New York and the Slovak Film Institute, and with leading support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding.
Included in this program is the Transylvanians Trilogy, a compelling incursion into the “Red Western” (or “Eastern”) genre, produced in Romania in the ‘80s and directed by reputed filmmakers Dan Pița and Mircea Veroiu. This popular trilogy tells the story of two Transylvanians who go to America to persuade their brother to come back home, and will be presented for the first time to U.S. audiences in its entirety, with brand new prints.
The festival will also present its annual series of short films that will run for free throughout the festival. These include a crop of the best recent Romanian short films highlighting directors to watch, along with a selection of the shorts by Corneliu Porumboiu.
Other special screenings include Cristi Puiu’s Three Exercises of Interpretation, which emerged from an acting workshop led by the director of The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu, and the unusual visual campaign of the 2013 Transilvania International Film Festival which includes 20 clips directed by Puiu starring Luminița Gheorghiu.
Luminița Gheorghiu, winner of the 2006 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu, is this year’s special guest. She delivers a pitch perfect performance in Child’s Pose, and will take questions from the audience after the screening. Director Nae Caranfil (The Rest is Silence) will join the festival opening for the World Premiere of his latest film, Closer to the Moon. Corneliu Porumboiu, subject of a festival retrospective, will return to New York for the closing night screening of When Evening Falls on Bucharest, or Metabolism. Other guests include Tom Wilson, writer and director of The București Experiment, Eugen Lumezianu and Oana Răsuceanu, actor and screenwriter, respectively, of Love Building. Štěpán Hulík, screenwriter of Agnieska Holland’s Burning Bush and author of Cinema of Forgetting on Czechoslovak cinema, and film curator Irena Kovarova will join the conversation about film and propaganda.
Dominique Nasta, Professor of Film Studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, will join the festival for the launch of her recently published book – Contemporary Romanian Cinema. The History of an Unexpected Miracle, the first in-depth analysis of many essential films ranging from the silent period to the present day.
MAKING WAVES 2013 is made possible with the leading support of the Trust for Mutual Understanding, Alexandre Almăjeanu and Gentica Foundation, Adrian Porumboiu, HBO Romania, Adrian Giurgea, Colgate University & Christian A. Johnson Foundation, Blue Heron Foundation, Mica Ertegun, Marie France Ionesco, Lucian Pintilie, Daiana Voiculescu and Renzo Cianfranelli, and other generous sponsors and donors, including visual artists Șerban Savu, Dan Perjovschi, Adrian Ghenie, Mircea Cantor. For the second year, over 250 festival audiences, artists and Romanian film fans supported Making Waves as part of a Kickstarter campaign, and many others have joined the first festival fundraising gala event and auction, and placed their bids on objects from landmark films of the Romanian New Wave. Special support from ICON Production, LARK Play Development Center, Șapte Seri, Dilema veche, Radio Guerilla, filmmaker Mona Nicoară, and Răzvan Popovici (SoNoRo).
Last but not least, the campaign for the independent continuation and expansion of the festival has been backed by leading filmmakers including directors Corneliu Porumboiu, Nae Caranfil, Tudor Giurgiu, Radu Muntean, Alexandru Solomon, Cristi Puiu, Cătălin Mitulescu, Cristian Mungiu, actors Luminița Gheorghiu, Vlad Ivanov, Andi Vasluianu, or producer Ada Solomon.
The Festival Board includes Corina Șuteu, President; Mihai Chirilov, Artistic Director; Oana Radu, Romanian Film Initiative; Dennis Lim, Director of Cinematheque Programming, Film Society of Lincoln Center; and Brian Ackerman, Programming Director, Jacob Burns Film Center.
The continuation and expansion of Making Waves has also been supported by an Honorary Board which brings together Scott Foundas, Senior Film Critic, Variety; visual artist Adrian Ghenie; documentary filmmaker and human rights activist Mona Nicoară, and visual artist Dan Perjovschi.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center
WRT: Walter Reade Theater, 165 W 65th Street, north side between Broadway & Amsterdam, upper level
HGT: Howard Gilman Theatre, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 W 65th Street, south side between Broadway & Amsterdam
FBT: Francesca Beale Theater, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 W 65th Street, south side between Broadway & Amsterdam
AMP: Amphitheater, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 W 65th Street, south side between Broadway & Amsterdam
Tickets go on sale today, October 28, visit http://filmlinc.com/makingwaves .
Single screening tickets are $13; $9 for students and seniors (62+); and $8 for Film Society members. A three-film package is $30; $24 for students and seniors (62+); and $21 for Film Society members. The package discount prices apply with the purchase of tickets to three films or more. With an All Access Pass for $99, see all fifteen films in Making Waves, including the Opening Night, Centerpiece and Closing Night screenings. The All Access Pass is available for purchase exclusively online.
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PRESS SCREENING SCHEDULE
Location: Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Howard Gilman Theater, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam) and the Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)
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TUE. NOV 12, 10:00 am (HGT)
THE PROPHET, THE GOLD, AND THE TRANSYLVANIANS
WED. NOV 13, 10:00 am (HGT)
THREE EXERCISES OF INTERPRETATION
THURS NOV. 14, 1:00 pm (WRT)
THURS NOV. 14, 3:15 pm (WRT)
HERE... I MEAN THERE
Followed by SHADOW OF A CLOUD
MAKING WAVES 2013
FILMS, DESCRIPTIONS & SCHEDULE
All films in Romanian and with English subtitles, unless otherwise mentioned.
CLOSER TO THE MOON
Nae Caranfil, 2013, Romania-USA; 110m
The true account of a group of high-ranking Jewish members of the nomenklatura, who, in 1959, staged what was to become known as the coup of the century: They robbed Romania’s National Bank, making it look like a film shoot. And this is only the beginning. Once arrested and prosecuted, they were forced to reenact their parts in the heist for a propaganda movie. Despite its tragic aspect, this incredible story, forever shrouded in mystery, gets an unexpectedly light treatment. Vera Farmiga, Mark Strong, and Game of Thrones’ Harry Lloyd star. In English.
In person: director Nae Caranfil
**FRI. NOV 29, 6:30 pm, WRT
New York Premiere!
Child’s Pose/poziția copilului
Călin Peter Netzer, 2013, Romania, 112m
Winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale and a smashing box-office hit at home, Netzer’s third film brilliantly deals with the mother of all moral dilemmas – faced by a parent willing to do everything in order to save her son, who killed a child in a car accident. The tight script makes things especially complicated, as the relation between mother and son is cruelly tormented. Playing the domineering yet strangely sympathetic mother – who might be the victim after all – Luminița Gheorghiu (the nurse with a heart of gold in The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu) is pitch perfect, walking on a tightrope. A Zeitgeist Films Release. CHILD’S POSE will open at Film Forum on February 19.
In person: actress Luminița Gheorghiu
**SAT. NOV 30, 9:00 pm, FBT
When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism/Când se lasĂ seara peste București sau metabolism
Corneliu Porumboiu, 2013, Romania-France, 89m
This rigorously structured new film from Corneliu Porumboiu takes an interestingly oblique look at filmmaking. We don’t see the process itself, but a succession of exchanges that take place when the camera isn’t rolling: dinners after work between the director-protagonist Paul and his actress, Alina, a rehearsal, an exchange between Paul and his tough producer Magda, a car ride through Bucharest at night. Every scene is covered in one meticulously executed take. Porumboiu’s approach, which the filmmaker himself has likened to that of Hong Sang-soo, allows us to concentrate on the rhythms of the everyday – silences, pauses, hesitations; the anodyne discomfort of making conversation; the strangeness of so many temporary relationships between exhausted, edgy individuals. When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (the title will make sense at the end) is so precisely composed that its very construction has a crystalline beauty. A Cinema Guild Release.
In person: director Corneliu Porumboiu
**TUE. DEC 3, 6:00 pm, WRT
Iulia Rugină, 2013, Romania, 85m
In this charming low-budget independent comedy that has "American remake" written all over it, 14 couples enroll in a camp designed to mend broken relationships, but things get quickly out of hand. One of the reasons is that the 7-day program is run by three young men who have emotional problems of their own, so they may not be the right trainers after all. It is noteworthy that this light and entertaining debut is actually the result of an acting workshop. Except for the leading trio (played by the only well-known actors in Love Building, who also run a private acting school in real life), everybody else in the cast is a student.
In person: Actor Eugen Lumezianu and screenwriter Oana Răsuceanu
**SUN. DEC 1, 5:15 pm, FBT
Adrian Sitaru, 2012, Romania-Germany, 85m
There’s a tender and humorous touch to this light collection of tales about people who eat the animals they love, and the animals that love people unconditionally. A rabbit, a cat, a dog, a hen, and a pigeon share screen time with a wonderful ensemble of actors playing the residents of an apartment building, revealing the very small distance that separates us humans from animals. Despite a certain cruelty or disdain for the animals, the eventual love one finds in an animal companion is wonderful to witness in Sitaru’s masterfully written and choreographed film.
**TUE. DEC 3, 8:30 pm, WRT
The București Experiment/experimentul bucurești
Tom Wilson, 2013, Romania, 68m
The less one knows about this clever and disturbing film (or documentary?), the better. Directed by first-timer Tom Wilson, a British journalist living in Bucharest, The București Experiment daringly explores what really happened in 1989, when Romania suffered a coup d’état. The secret police knew about it and had time to prepare for the big change, setting in motion an experiment in psychological engineering. Following a participant to the experiment and his former partner (who used to be a famous pop singer), Wilson goes way beyond any expectations in the way he actually interrogates the transition from Communism to Capitalism. It’s true, he plays a dangerous game with the audience, but to say why he wins would mean to spoil the startling revelations of his film.
In person: Director Tom Wilson
**SAT. NOV 30, 5:00 pm, FBT & TUE. DEC 3, 2:00 pm, WRT
Here… I Mean There/Aici… adică acolo
Laura Căpățână-Juller, 2012, Romania 73m
This deeply felt documentary is a brief but intimate portrait of a family split up by circumstances that leave little room for a brighter future. Ani and Sanda are two girls left with their grandparents because their parents abandoned them (like many Romanians) to go to Spain to earn money to build a house back home. Ten years later, the family is still broken and the house is far from being finished—but somehow, this is not as depressing as it sounds. It’s a bittersweet coming-of-age story, not without its funny moments, infused with nostalgia for a life the family should have had.
**SAT. NOV 30, 7:15 pm, FBT & TUE. DEC 3, 4:00 pm, WRT
New Romanian Shorts. Various; 116m
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 Matriarch, featuring a striking Luminița Gheorghiu. Complete list below.
**SAT. NOV 30, 1:30-5:30 pm (CONTINUOUS) & SUN. DEC 1, 7:15 pm, AMP
12 minutes (12 minute), 2013, d. Nicolae Constantin Tănase
Bad Penny, 2013, d. Andrei Cretulescu
In the Fishbowl (În acvariu), 2013, d. Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
Matriarch, 2013, d. Nemethi Barna
My Baby, 2013, Luiza Pârvu
The Pill of Happiness (Pastila fericirii), 2012, d. Cecilia Felméri
Shadow of a Cloud (O umbră de nor), 2013, d. Radu Jude
Three Exercises of Interpretation/Trois exercices d’interprétation
Cristi Puiu, France, 2013, 157m
This trilogy (The Cat is On the Chair, The Mouse is Under the Table, and The Monkey is On the Branch) focuses on a group of friends gathered for lunch and engaged in rich conversation covering life’s most complex moral topics. It emerged from an acting workshop led by director Cristi Puiu (The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu, 2005) in Toulouse and inspired by Russian philosopher Vladimir Solovyov’s treatise Three Conversations. In French with English subtitles.
**SUN. DEC 1, 7:45 pm, FBT
CRISTI PUIU DIRECTS the 2013 TIFF TRAILERS starring luminița gheorghiu; 30m
In 2013, director Cristi Puiu was given carte blanche in creating the visual campaign of the Transilvania International Film Festival. Teaming with actress Luminița Gheorghiu, who was the face of the 2013 festival, he delivered not one, but 20 intriguing clips. Watching them in sequence, they actually work like a short film which could be called A Woman’s Journey, Brief Encounters or even… The Red Shoes. The beauty of this strangely elliptical story is that it is open to multiple interpretations.
**SUN. DEC 1, 3:00-4:30 pm & TUE. DEC 3, 7:00-8:30 pm (CONTINUOUS), AMP
Special program: CREATIVE FREEDOM THROUGH CINEMA
The Transylvanians Trilogy
The Prophet, the Gold and the Transylvanians is the first installment in the so-called Transylvanians’ trilogy, a hugely popular series made in the ‘80s. It’s a rare treat: a popular Red Western (or "Eastern") shot in Romania, telling the story of two Transylvanians who go to America – to the mining town of Cedar City, Utah – to persuade their brother to come back home, only to discover that he is the most wanted person in the region. The second film, The Actress, the Dollars and the Transylvanians, 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. The last part of the trilogy, The Baby, the Oil and the Transylvanians, 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. The unavoidable clash between languages, music styles, and mentalities is as fun, campy and unusual as it gets. Propaganda films in communist Romania were never this inventive. In English and Romanian, with English subtitles.
NEW 35MM PRINT!
The Prophet, the Gold and the Transylvanians/Profetul, aurul si Ardelenii
Dan Pița, 1979, Romania, 98m
**FRI. NOV 29, 9:30 pm, WRT
NEW 35MM PRINT!
The Actress, the Dollars and the Transylvanians/Artista, dolarii şi Ardelenii
Mircea Veroiu, 1981, Romania, 72m
**SAT. NOV 30, 12:30 pm, FBT
NEW 35MM PRINT!
The Oil, the Baby and the Transylvanians/Pruncul, petrolul şi Ardelenii
Dan Pița, 1982, Romania, 108m
**SAT. NOV 30, 2:45 pm, FBT
The Sun in a Net/Slnko v sieti
Štefan Uher, 1962, Czechoslovakia, 90m
Preceding the mid-60s vanguard known as the Czechoslovak New Wave, the second film by Slovak director Štefan Uher did much to push the boundaries of acceptable Socialist Realism. The episodic narrative follows Fajolo (Marián Bielik) and Bela (Jana Beláková), a casual teenage couple at the end of the school year. As Fajolo heads to a mandatory work-camp for the summer, Bela grapples with the claustrophobia of her tense family life. As their lives overlap despite their separation, an existential portrait of this particular time begins to emerge. In Slovak with English subtitles.
**SUN. DEC 1, 1:00 pm, FBT
Larks on a String/Skrivánci na niti
Jirí Menzel, 1969, Czechoslovakia, 100m
Jirí Menzel’s (Closely Watched Trains, 1966) absurdist satire of authoritarian reeducation, the film manages to combine political critique with audacious celebrations of liberation. While filmed during the Prague Spring of 1968, which saw a loosening of authoritarian controls over Czechoslovak citizens, by the time of the film’s completion the Soviet Union had invaded the nation. The film was banned at the time, to be released only in 1990. In Czech with English subtitles.
**SUN. DEC 1, 3:00 pm, FBT
Director Nae Caranfil (Closer to the moon) will be joined by film historian Dominique Nasta (author of the recent Contemporary Romanian Cinema. The History of an Unexpected Miracle), screenwriter Štepán Hulík (Agnieszka Holland’s Burning Bush), also author of Cinema of Forgetting on Czechoslovak cinema during the post-1968 ‘normalization period,’ and film curator Irena Kovarova in a conversation about the relationship between arts and politics, and the use of film as a propaganda tool then and now.
**SUN. DEC 1, 5:00 pm, AMP
Corneliu Porumboiu RETROSPECTIVE
12:08 East of Bucharest/a fost sau n-a fost?
Corneliu Porumboiu, 2006, Romania, 89m
Winner of the 2006 Camera D’Or prize, this sociopolitical satire focuses on a group of characters who commemorate the 16th anniversary of Ceaușescu’s fall on on December 22, 2005. “12:08” refers to the exact time of day in which Ceaușescu fled, whereas the original Romanian title roughly translates as "Was There or Was There Not?" (a revolution in our town) – the central question being hotly debated throughout the film. What seems like a formally simple and straightforward story is actually a sophisticated and wryly funny reflection on the scope of the Romanian Revolution of 1989 that ended communism in Romania, and how even recent historical events take on shape and meaning according to how they explain or justify the present.
**MON. DEC 2, 1:00 pm, FBT
Police, Adjective/Politist, adj.
Corneliu Porumboiu, 2009, Romania, 115m
This beautifully acted, modern morality play features what may be movie history’s most absurdly protracted police sting operation, designed to catch a high school student selling drugs. Cristi, the cop assigned to the case, realizes the futility of the mission, though his attempts to convince his bureaucratic superiors meet with stern reminders not to question the letter of the law. But letters and laws—of both the legal and grammatical kind—are very much on Porumboiu’s mind as the long, nearly wordless scenes of the film’s first half give way to a shadow-stopping final act of Stoppardian verbosity in which cop and police chief (an unforgettable Vlad Ivanov) engage in an exhilarating verbal tennis match about conscience, morality and the true meaning of language.
**MON. DEC 2, 3:00 pm, FBT
When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism/Când se lasĂ seara peste București sau metabolism
See Closing Night above
THE SHORT FILMS OF CORNELIU PORUMBOIU
Much has been said about Corneliu Porumboiu’s three features to date, but it’s always rewarding to go back in time and search for more clues. Here’s the chance to see three of his short films in order to fully understand his personal style and vision about cinema: from the hilarious Gone with the Wine (2002) and A Trip to City (2003) – which won a prize in Cannes – to the haunting Liviu’s Dream (2004), which screened in the Forum section of the Berlinale.
**SAT. NOV 30, 6:00-8:20 pm (CONTINUOUS), AMP
BOOK LAUNCH: Contemporary Romanian Cinema. The History of an Unexpected Miracle
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). Bringing to light hidden gems, this compelling and extremely well-documented book draws connections between Romanian cinema's past and present, answering the most difficult question: how was the miracle of the New Wave possible? Nasta's analysis is simply the best work written so far on this subject. Romanian cinema, old and new, rightfully deserves this considered treatment.
**SUN. DEC 1, 6:30 pm, AMP
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The Romanian Film Initiative (RFI) came together in 2012 to safeguard the existence and the spirit of the Romanian film festival in New York, redesigned as MAKING WAVES: New Romanian Cinema, and co-presented with the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Created by Corina Șuteu, Mihai Chirilov and Oana Radu, the core team that initiated and organized the festival since 2006, RFI is an informal platform managed by Film ETC. Association in Bucharest. Along with the continuation and expansion of Making Waves, RFI aims to develop and contribute to other project aiming at the promotion of Romanian cinema in the U.S. www.filmetc.org
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