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TRANSILVANIA 2016 Romanian Days

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An impressive crop of Romanian films at Transilvania IFF

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- The 15th edition of the TIFF has as many as six Romanian world premieres in selection

An impressive crop of Romanian films at Transilvania IFF
Two Lottery Tickets by Paul Negoescu

Every year, the Transilvania International Film Festival (27 May-5 June, Cluj-Napoca) attracts hundreds of international guests with its popular Romanian Days sidebar, which screens the country’s newest features and short films. The 15th edition comes with probably the most interesting selection in the festival’s history, with as many as six world premieres and several interesting first features.

Although not included in the Romanian Days sidebar, Nae Caranfil’s 6.9 on the Richter Scale [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Nae Caranfil
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]
is one of the most eagerly awaited domestic films in selection. The story of an actor who must take part in a challenging musical production and face family problems, whilst dealing with his obsession with an imminent, devastating earthquake, the film will be screened only once, at the opening of the festival.

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The sidebar seems determined to explore the Romanian countryside: three fiction features in selection deal with adventures on the road, with several others set outside Bucharest. Paul Negoescu’s comedy Two Lottery Tickets [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Paul Negoescu
film profile
]
(also shown in the ultra-popular Unirii Square sidebar), Igor Cobileanski’s Eastern Affair [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
and Gabriel Achim’s The Last Day deal with extraordinary events that force their protagonists to start road trips somewhere in Romania.

A favourite for the awards is Bogdan Mirică’s Dogs [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Bogdan Mirica
film profile
]
, the recent recipient of the FIPRESCI Prize (Un Certain Regard) at Cannes. Another first feature in competition is Ion Indolean’s Discordia [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
. Movies already shown at other festivals, such as Adrian Sitaru’s Illegitimate [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Adrian Sitaru
film profile
]
, Marian Crişan’s Orizont [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Marian Crisan
film profile
]
and Anca Damian’s The Magic Mountain [+see also:
film review
trailer
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]
, are also competing for the sidebar’s awards.

The selection also includes three documentaries: Alexandru Belc’s Cinema, Mon Amour [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alexandru Belc
film profile
]
, Ionuţ Teianu’s In Search of the Lost Father [+see also:
trailer
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]
and Sorin Luca’s Dream Images [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
. Cristi Puiu’s Sieranevada [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
Q&A: Cristi Puiu
film profile
]
will be screened only once, out of competition. Finally, 15 shorts will be vying for the Best Short Award.

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