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Romanian cinema pitches up in Paris

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- 15 features will be on the line-up of the ninth Romanian Film Week, scheduled to run from 6-12 December in the French capital

Romanian cinema pitches up in Paris
Eastern Business by Igor Cobileanski

Boasting some very well-known directors such as Cristian MungiuCristi Puiu and Corneliu Porumboiu, who are regularly selected at the biggest international festivals, as well as fresh-faced auteurs such as Radu JudeRadu Muntean and Bogdan Mirica, Romanian cinema has today reached maturity after it started to take off in the 2000s. Still just as sensitive to their favourite topics, picking apart the evils that lurk at the heart of society (corruption, poverty, the inefficiency of public services, economic underdevelopment and so on), Romanian filmmakers are also now starting to cover new ground (environmental problems, passing things down from generation to generation, the agony of family life, etc) in a tragicomic vein that often places satire centre stage. The ninth Romanian Film Week will train the spotlight on this broad range of talents as it unspools in Paris, at the Le Lincoln cinema, from 6-12 December 2017.

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Organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute and programmed by producer Daniel Burlac, the event will offer 15 features (13 fictions and two documentaries), including Eastern Business [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 by Igor Cobileanski (Best Screenplay Award last year at Tallinn), and the comedies Two Lottery Tickets [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Paul Negoescu
film profile
]
 by Paul Negoescu (the number-one Romanian film at the national box office in 2016) and 6.9 on the Richter Scale [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Nae Caranfil
film profile
]
 by Nae Caranfil (which achieved the best result for a national film in Romanian cinemas in the first half of 2017). 

Also on the menu are Charleston [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Andrei Creţulescu
film profile
]
 by Andrei Cretulescu (popular in competition this year at Locarno) By the Rails [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Cătălin Mitulescu
film profile
]
 by Catalin Mitulescu (Special Mention at Karlovy Vary in 2016), The Fixer [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Adrian Sitaru
interview: Tudor Aaron Istodor
film profile
]
by Adrian Sitaru (unveiled at Toronto, Jury Mention at Les Arcs and a candidate for the 2018 Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film) and Dogs [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Bogdan Mirica
film profile
]
 by Bogdan Mirica (a feature debut selected in Un Certain Regard last year at Cannes, and crowned with six Gopo Awards in 2017).

The programme is rounded off by The Anniversary [+see also:
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film profile
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 by Dan Chisu (revealed last month in competition at Warsaw), Double [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
 by Catrinel Dănăiaţă (unveiled at Karlovy Vary last year, in the East of the West section), Octave by Serge Ioan CelibidachiSummer’s Over by Radu Potcoava and The History of Love [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
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by Radu Mihaileanu, as well as the documentaries Planet Petrila [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 by Andrei Dascalescu and Cabbage, Potatoes and Other Demons by Serban Georgescu, not to mention Stone WeddingLust for Gold by Dan Pita and Mircea Veroiu (1973).

Interestingly, the vast majority of the titles being presented will be accompanied by their directors or by one of their actors (the renowned Vlad Ivanov plus Tudor Istodor, a European Film Promotion Shooting Star in 2017 – watch the interview).

(Translated from French)

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