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Country Focus: Romania

Romania: record number of domestic releases this autumn

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Romania: record number of domestic releases this autumn

- Released on August 23, Stere Gulea's I Am an Old Communist Hag [+see also:
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was only the flag bearer of a wave of domestic releases that will fill Romanian cinemas with local films this autumn. As many as eight films will fight for the cinemagoers' attention, six of these productions being first features.

Iulia Rugina's Love Building [+see also:
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interview: Iulia Rugina
festival scope
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]
(photo), a romantic comedy about couples in a relationship counselling camp, will be released by MediaPro Distribution this Friday. This first feature, with young actors and a popular theme, has the makings of a box-office success in a landscape dominated by dramas.

September 20 comes with Corneliu Porumboiu's third feature When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism [+see also:
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, after an international premiere in the competition of the Locarno International Film Festival and a regional premiere in Sarajevo. Porumboiu comes back (but only as a screenwriter) on September 27 with The Unsaved [+see also:
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, a Romanian-Moldovan coproduction and first feature for the big screen by director Igor Cobileanski.

Bogdan Mustaţă's surreal Lupu [+see also:
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]
comes in cinemas at the beginning of October (the distributor is still in negotiations with cinemas), followed on October 11 by Valentin Hotea's Roxanne [+see also:
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. After debuting internationally in the New Directors sidebar in San Sebastian, The Japanese Dog [+see also:
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, Tudor Cristian Jurgiu's first feature, will be released on October 18.

Carmen [+see also:
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, Doru Nitescu's family drama in competition in Sarajevo, is also expected some time in October. Two months of domestic releases come to an end on November 1, when Alexandru Maftei synchronizes his atmospheric horror Miss Christina [+see also:
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]
with the Halloween weekend.

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