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TRANSILVANIA 2021

As many as 32 Romanian features to be shown at the 20th Transilvania IFF

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- 13 titles are world premieres, and 12 will be competing for awards in the Romanian Days sidebar

As many as 32 Romanian features to be shown at the 20th Transilvania IFF
Întregalde by Radu Muntean

The Transilvania International Film Festival (23 July–1 August, Cluj-Napoca) has always been a promoter of Romanian cinema, but for its 20th edition, the organisers seem poised to show an exhaustive map of the local film industry: as many as 32 features in the 170-title selection hail from Romania. Twelve features will be competing for the Romanian Days awards, including the FIPRESCI Award.

Perhaps the most eagerly awaited title of the selection is Radu Muntean’s Întregalde [+see also:
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, which will be screened at Transilvania only weeks after its world premiere in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight sidebar. Another brand-new feature is Daniel Sandu’s second directorial effort, The Father Who Moves Mountains [+see also:
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, which had its world premiere at the Shanghai Film Festival in June and will be released in Romanian cinemas during the festival. Andrei Huţuleac’s independent feature #dogpoopgirl [+see also:
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comes to Cluj-Napoca after winning the Golden George, the top award of the Moscow International Film Festival.

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Besides The Father Who Moves Mountains and #dogpoopgirl, the other ten films competing for awards in the Romanian Days sidebar are Eugen Jebeleanu’s Poppy Field [+see also:
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, Bogdan George Apetri’s Unidentified [+see also:
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, Bogdan Theodor Olteanu’s Mia Misses Her Revenge [+see also:
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, Ion Indolean’s Toni & Friends, Mihai Sofronea’s The Windseeker, Ruxandra Ghiţescu’s Otto the Barbarian [+see also:
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, Andrei Dăscălescu’s Holy Father [+see also:
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, Dragoş Hanciu’s The Man and His Shadow, Andra Tarara’s Us Against Us [+see also:
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and Andra Hera’s The Things We Hide in Silence. The last four titles are documentaries.

Two of the movies in the Romanian Days competition, Poppy Field and Unidentified, will be competing for the festival’s top award, the Transilvania Trophy, in the main competition.

Other local productions are getting an airing in other sidebars: Octavian Strunilă’s Perfect Strangers, the Romanian remake of Paolo Genovese’s superhit of the same title, will be screened in Unirii Square, together with a super-fresh documentary, Dan Dinu’s Wild Romania, a love letter to the country’s wildlife. Veteran director Iosef Demian will show off his newest feature, Night Patrol, in the 3X3 sidebar, while Liviu Mărghidan comes back to TIFF with a rare Romanian children’s film (and also a rare sequel), The Sentries of the Delta. An HBO production, Iulia Rugină’s Ruxx will be shown in a new sidebar, called Serial Dealer, dedicated exclusively to TV shows.

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