Transylvanian Film Festival bares its fangs
“We have the real thing,” says the trailer of this year’s Transylvanian Film Festival (TIFF), which shows several wannabe Nosferatus up for inspection. Indeed, Murnau’s 1922 classic Nosferatu is one of the over 160 films screening this year at Romania’s only international film festival, which is based in Cluj-Napoca but for this edition also travels to nearby Sibiu, one of the two European Capitals of Culture of 2007.
The festival opened on Friday with Romanian Palme d’Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days [+see also:
interview: Cristian Mungiu
interview: Oleg Mutu
film profile] by Cristian Mungiu, which attracted the biggest opening-night crowd in the history of the festival – creating high hopes for its autumn release in Romania. A host of first and second films play in official competition, including Sweden’s Falkenberg Farewell [+see also:
film profile] and Norway’s Reprise [+see also:
interview: Joachim Trier
interview: Karin Julsrud
From June 7-9, the TIFF is organizing three Romanian days that will showcase recent films from the booming local industry, including the Cannes Un Certain Regard winner California Dreamin’ [+see also:
film profile], the debut feature by the late Cristian Nemescu; Nae Caranfil’s Rest is Silence (Restul e tacere) [+see also:
film profile]; Gheorghe Preda’s An Angel Hooked on Me (Ingerul Necesar) [+see also:
film profile]; and Radu Muntean’s Locarno title The Paper Will Be Blue.
Seven of this year’s Shooting Stars will also be attending the festival: Tommi Eronen (Finland), Afonso Pimentel (Portugal), Halina Reijn (Netherlands), Rain Tolk (Estonia), Gustaf Skarsgard (Sweden), Panayota Vladi (Greece) and Sabrina Reiter (Austria). The TIFF, which runs through Sunday, has programmed a recent film starring each in their honour.
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