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Philomena to open Transilvania IFF on 30 May

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- The 13th edition of the festival will close on 8 June with Silver Bear winner Boyhood

Philomena to open Transilvania IFF on 30 May
A scene from the 2013 edition of the TIFF (© Chris Nemes)

The 13th edition of Romania’s most important film event, the Transilvania International Film Festival, will kick off in the city of Cluj-Napoca on 30 May, with an outdoor screening of Stephen FrearsPhilomena [+see also:
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interview: Stephen Frears
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. The festival will wrap ten days later with Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, after showing approximately 200 films in more than 15 venues.

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The organisers have already announced parts of the selection, with Andrzej Wajda’s Walesa: Man of Hope [+see also:
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, Hans Petter Moland’s In Order of Disappearance [+see also:
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interview: Hans Petter Moland
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, Gianfranco Rosi’s Sacro GRA [+see also:
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interview: Gianfranco Rosi
festival scope
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, János Szász’s The Notebook [+see also:
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interview: Janos Szász
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, Lukas Moodysson's We Are the Best! [+see also:
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and Mariana Rondón’s Bad Hair [+see also:
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set for multiple screenings in the festival’s traditional sidebars, SuperNova, Unirii Square, the Hungarian Day, and What’s Up, Doc?. Popular sidebars Shadows and No Limit will soon announce their selection of shocking or cutting-edge features and shorts.

As is the case every year, there will be three Focus sections, all screening films from a certain country. TIFF will also have a new section, Cinema Mon Amour, featuring titles about the love for cinema. The sidebar’s selection will be led by Alexandru Belc’s documentary Cinema, Mon Amour [+see also:
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, which depicts the dire state of old cinemas in Romania and promotes the Save the Big Screen campaign (see news).

A total of 12 debut or second features will be competing for the festival’s awards. The obvious choice regarding a possible Romanian feature in the running for the Transilvania Trophy would be Andrei Gruzsniczki’s black-and-white second feature Quod Erat Demonstrandum [+see also:
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interview: Andrei Gruzsniczki
interview: Andrei Gruzsniczki
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, winner of the Special Jury Prize last year in Rome. The film will be released domestically in October.

Regardless of its presence in the competition, Quod Erat Demonstrandum will without doubt be part of the festival’s Romanian Days section, which showcases the latest local productions. Corneliu Porumboiu’s experimental documentary The Second Game [+see also:
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, which screened in the Forum sidebar of the Berlinale, and Vlad Petri’s documentary Bucharest, Where Are You?, selected at the Rotterdam IFF in the My Own Private Europe sidebar, are only the first titles to have been announced.

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