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ASTRA 2018

128 films to be screened at the 25th Astra Film Festival

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- Romania’s largest documentary film event boasts five official competitions

128 films to be screened at the 25th Astra Film Festival
Solving My Mother by Ieva Ozolina

The anniversary edition of the Astra Film Festival will kick off on 15 October in the Romanian city of Sibiu, with the freshest and best documentaries the world has to offer in its selection. A total of 128 titles selected from among 3,000 submissions will be screened over seven days across nine venues. Among these films, 11 are world premieres and 40 are national premieres, according to the press release. Fifty-six short films and features will be competing in the festival’s five official competitions.

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The titles announced for the International Competitions are I Am Another You by Nanfu Wang (USA), The Image You Missed [+see also:
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 by Donal Foreman (Ireland/France/USA), Minding the Gap by Bing Liu (USA), Sand and Blood [+see also:
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 by Matthias Krepp and Angelika Spangel (Austria), Solving My Mother [+see also:
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 by Ieva Ozolina (Latvia), Tanzania Transit by Jeroen van Velzen (Netherlands), Thinking Like a Mountain by Alexander Hick (Germany/Colombia), Unsettling by Iris Zaki (Israel/UK) and Yvonne by Tommaso Perfetti (Italy/France).

Meanwhile, the Central and Eastern European Competition comprises The Distant Barking of Dogs [+see also:
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 by Simon Lereng Wilmont (Denmark/Sweden), Easy Lessons [+see also:
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by Dorottya Zurbó (Hungary), Frozen Conflict by Steffi Wurster (Germany), Hugo [+see also:
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by Wojciech Klimala and Mateusz Wajda (Poland), Love Is Potatoes [+see also:
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 by Aliona van der Horst (Netherlands), Putin’s Witnesses [+see also:
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 by Vitaly Mansky (Latvia/Switzerland/Czech Republic), Srbenka [+see also:
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 by Nebojsa Slijepcevic (Croatia), Taurunum Boy [+see also:
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by Jelena Maksimovic and Dusan Grubin (Serbia), When the War Comes [+see also:
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 by Jan Gebert (Croatia/Czech Republic), and The White World According to Daliborek [+see also:
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 by Vít Klusák (Czech Republic).

Finally, the Romanian Competition includes Anniversary by Claudiu MitcuCaisă [+see also:
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 by Alexandru MavrodineanuFree Dacians [+see also:
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 by Andrei Gorgan and Monica Lăzurean-GorganLicu, a Romanian Story [+see also:
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 by Ana Dumitrescu, Megaphone by Ruxandra Gubernat, Henry Rammelt and Marcel Schreiter (Germany/Romania), Mockup Wedding by Mihai Andrei Leaha, Monyo+Baba by Ibolya SymóNussbaum 95736 by Csibi László and Wedding of the Year by József Bán.

The festival also boasts two short-film competitions – one of them, Docschool, is dedicated exclusively to student films.

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