The Romanian Film Festival in London, 9th edition
THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE
Thu 22 – Sun 25 November 2012
Renoir Cinema, The Brunswick, London WC1A 1AW (Tube: Russell Square), Map
TICKETS: £11.50/£9.70 cineastes (Curzon members). Buy in person, online on Curzon Cinemas’ website or by phone. Booking Line 0330 500 1331, www.curzoncinemas.com/events/f1uqf/romanian-film-festival
Festival programme here: www.rofilmfest.com/c/1/programme
“The Romanian Film Festival (RFF) in London is a unique opportunity to enjoy a showcase of Romania’s most exciting new films.
During the 9th anniversary of the Festival (22-25 November 2012), we welcome to London, as our special guests, a line-up of Romania’s most talented – Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur, stars of ‘Beyond the Hills’, Rodica Lazar starring in ‘Principles of Life’, Mihaela Sirbu from ‘Everybody in Our Family’, Ana Ularu from ‘Periferic’ – and actor extraordinaire Victor Rebengiuc who returns to greet his London fans for a special screening of ‘Medal of Honour’.
The Romanian Film Festival took off in 2003, as a way of putting Romanian film makers and their fans together. By coincidence, the Romanian New Wave was beginning to emerge at that time as well, highlighting remarkable actors and young directors. Supported and inspired by these sparkling new talents the Romanian Festival went from strength to strength. For example, in Britain, the Festival was the first to screen the short films and the debut feature of the prizewinning director Cristian Mungiu, who went on to forge an international reputation, and remains a friend and supporter of the event. In the ensuing years a long list of actors and directors have shown their work at the RFF, then developed into household names.
At the same time the Festival has continued to celebrate the classic Romanian cinema, acquainting British audiences with the best in our tradition. In 2004, for example, the highlight of the festival was the Lucian Pintilie Retrospective, which featured a stimulating appearance by the director.
The Festival has always been an important means of transmitting a positive message about Romania, and the rest of the East and Central European region. In contrast with routine media coverage, the films being screened are among the few positive contributions to images of life in the region. Ironically, the New Wave directors have been among the most acute and perceptive critics of Romania’s post revolutionary society, but this has been far from promoting a negative image of the country. Instead, in London, Berlin, Cannes and New York, their films have been recognised as a challenge to stereotypes, offering audiences a detailed understanding of Romanians as individuals like themselves.
The Festival is a not-for-profit enterprise, functioning with the help of grants and sponsorship from our numerous friends and supporters. Many thanks to you all.
We look forward to celebrating together the Romanian cinema in London. See you on the red carpet!”
Ramona Mitrica, Festival Director
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Booking lines are now open! Book your seats in advance to avoid disappointment.
Keep proof of payment and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org to win fabulous festival prizes:
– VIP invitations to festival receptions
– festival posters autographed by visiting actors and film-makers
– opportunity to socialise with Romanian film makers after the screenings in dedicated VIP area
– festival souvenir gift bag
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The Romanian Film Festival in London is organised by Profusion International Creative Consultancy, in partnership with The National Centre of Cinematography in Bucharest and Curzon Cinemas in London.
Sponsors and Supporters:
ROMANi ONLiNE, EuroTop, Levenes, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, O2, The Romanian Embassy in London, DNS Associates, Lycamobile, Universal Business Travel Ltd, Mihai Eminescu Trust, Prodan Romanian Cultural Foundation, Albinuta.co.uk, Artificial Eye, SGS Creative Services, Trasys, Diaspora Romaneasca, Transilvania Pictures, Stylewhiz, AdamaNT Film, TibTrans, British Romanian Chamber of Commerce, Romanian Business Club