9th Bucharest IFF prepares for lift-off
by Stefan Dobroiu
- Bucharest's most important festival begins today (April 15) with the national premiere of The Hunt
The biggest film event of the Romanian capital, the Bucharest International Film Festival, begins today (April 15), opening with Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt [+see also:
film profile], scheduled for its Romanian release next Friday, and closing with Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Caesar Must Die [+see also:
interview: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
film profile] on April 21st. Seven features will vie for the festival's top prize in the international competition, while popular sidebars will screen important auteur films from 2012.
In the main competition Bucharest IFF artistic director Antrei Cretulescu selected Spanish mute hit Snow White [+see also:
interview: Carlos Leal
film profile] by Pablo Berger, Emil Christov's The Color of the Chameleon [+see also:
interview: Emil Christov
film profile] (Bulgaria), Amir Manor's Epilogue (Israel), Ben Wheatley's Sightseers [+see also:
interview: Ben Wheatley
film profile] (UK), Quentin Dupieux's Wrong (US), and Craig Zabel's Compliance (US). Romania is represented by Iulia Rugina's first feature, an independent production, Love Building, which will be domestically released in September.
The Panorama sidebar showcases films released in 2012 and awarded at important festivals around the world. The 9th edition's international jury is lead by Romanian-Israeli film critic Dan Fainaru, who will decide the winners together with Mons Love Film Festival director Andre Ceuterick, Romanian cinematographer Horia Laptes, Serbian producer and festival organizer Dragan Marinkovic and Italian producer Grazia Volpi.
The guest of honour is Israeli director Amos Gitai. The festival will give Excellency Awards to Romanian film and theatre legend Victor Rebengiuc (winner of a Best Actor award with Calin Peter Netzer's Medal of Honor [+see also:
film profile] at Thessaloniki 2009) and popular communist era director Elisabeta Bostan.
The award ceremony will be held on April 21.
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