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TRANSILVANIA 2016

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Transilvania IFF announces its 12 titles in competition

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- Most of the competitors are first features and also European productions

Transilvania IFF announces its 12 titles in competition
Dogs by Bogdan Mirică (© Iulia Weiss)

The 15th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival will kick off on 27 May, and the organisers have just announced the 12 titles that will be competing for the Transilvania Trophy. Nine of the competitors are first features, and nine represent European countries.

After several years with no Romanian film in competition, the 15th edition will host the domestic debut of Bogdan Mirică’s Dogs [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Bogdan Mirica
film profile
]
, which has also been selected in the Un Certain Regard competition at Cannes. Described by TIFF artistic director Mihai Chirilov as “a genuine Balkan anti-western”, Dogs may snatch some of this edition’s awards. Another Romanian in with a chance of winning a prize is actress Cosmina Stratan, who plays one of the main characters in Ali Abbasi’s Shelley [+see also:
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(Denmark).

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The festival has also announced four of the five jury members who will decide on the winners: Wieland Speck, curator of the Berlinale Panorama section; Bill Guentzler, artistic director of the Cleveland International Film Festival; Bulgarian actress Margita Gosheva; and Polish director Tomasz Wasilewski, whose Berlinale-awarded United States of Love [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Tomasz Wasilewski
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]
will be shown in the Supernova sidebar.

The remaining TIFF competition titles are As I Open My Eyes [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Leyla Bouzid
film profile
]
by Leyla Bouzid (France, Tunisia, Belgium, United Arab Emirates), Fado [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jonas Rothlaender
film profile
]
by Jonas Rothlaender (Germany), Island City by Ruchika Oberoi (India), The Open Door [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Marina Seresesky (Spain), Remainder [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
by Omer Fast (UK), Sparrows [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Atli Óskar Fjalarsson
interview: Rúnar Rúnarsson
film profile
]
by Rúnar Rúnarsson (Iceland, Denmark), Tanna by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler (Australia, Vanuatu), Thirst [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Svetla Tsotsorkova
film profile
]
by Svetla Tsotsorkova (Bulgaria), Tikkun by Avishai Sivan (Israel) and Where There Is Shade by Nathan Nicholovitch (France, Cambodia).

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