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ASTRA 2022

La 29a edición del Astra Film Festival, preparado para empezar

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- El certamen cinematográfico rumano más longevo lleva este año más de 100 documentales a su público de Sibiu

La 29a edición del Astra Film Festival, preparado para empezar
No Place for You in Our Town, de Nikolay Stefanov

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After two pandemic-ridden editions, the Sibiu-based Astra Film Festival is getting back to its former self for its 29th iteration (9-16 October), in terms of both its scope and its varied range of sidebars. Approximately 100 films will be screened for the audience across several venues, including a full-dome theatre, while many of the selected movies will be available online (for viewers in Romania) for two weeks after the physical edition ends.

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Ten films, brought together in the New Voices of Documentary Cinema Competition, will be in the running for the Astra Trophy: Erec Brehmer’s Who We Will Have Been (Germany), Laure Portier’s Soy Libre [+lee también:
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(France/Belgium), Moriya Ben Avot’s Empty Handed (Israel), Zofia Kowaleska’s Only the Wind (Poland), Luka Papic’s Without (Serbia), Botond Püsök’s Too Close [+lee también:
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(Romania/Hungary), András Visky’s Performing Juliet (USA), Diem Ha Le’s Children of the Mist (Vietnam), Sara Dosa’s Fire of Love (USA) and Jacquelyn MillsGeographies of Solitude (Canada).

Another ten features are competing for the main award in the Central & Eastern European Competition: Ana Gurdiş’s Our Eve (Moldova), Svetlana Rodina and Laurent Stoop’s Ostrov – Lost Island [+lee también:
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(Switzerland), Lukasz Kowalski’s The Pawnshop [+lee también:
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(Poland), Francesco Montagner’s Brotherhood [+lee también:
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(Czech Republic/Italy), Marija Zidar’s Reconciliation [+lee también:
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(Slovenia/Serbia/Montenegro/Kosovo), Julianna Ugrin and Marton Vizkelety’s Holy Dilemma [+lee también:
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(Hungary), Renato Borrayo Serrano’s Life of Ivanna [+lee también:
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(Estonia/Finland/Norway/Russia), Nikolay Stefanov’s No Place for You in Our Town [+lee también:
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(Bulgaria), Peter Triest’s A Parked Life (Netherlands/Belgium) and Alexandra Gulea’s Flying Sheep (Germany/Romania).

In the Romanian Competition, which welcomes documentaries depicting Romanian issues, even if the directors and the production companies are of a different nationality, the festival has selected 11 titles: Attila Szabó and Anikó Nagy Mára’s My Home, My Home (Hungary), Iulian Manuel Ghervas and Adina Popescu’s Eagles from Ţaga [+lee también:
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(Romania/Slovakia), Raluca David’s Waves on Dry Soil (Romania), Dragoş Zămosteanu’s In Search of the Engineer Dragomirescu (Romania), Armine Vosganian’s Memories from the Community – Gheorgheni and Frumoasa (Romania), Clara Kleininger’s No Elephant in the Room (Romania/Poland), Dragoş Hanciu’s The Man and His Shadow (Romania), Csibi László’s Rear Entrance to Socialism (Romania), Cătălina Tesar and Dana Bunescu’s The Chalice. Of Sons and Daughters [+lee también:
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(Romania), Mircea Gherase’s The Road Ahead: Terra Banatica (Romania) and Róbert Lakatos’s Whose Dog Am I? [+lee también:
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(Hungary/Romania).

Finally, the Docschool Competition proposes a documentary feature, Eric Esser’s Family Love – My Grandpa, National Socialism and Me [+lee también:
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(Germany), along with 12 short films.

For the 29th edition, the festival is launching a special programme dedicated to investigative journalism, dubbed Focus/Investigation, with several extensive news reports in the selection. There couldn’t be a better moment for this, as the European Union has recently started investigating a dubious practice undertaken by several traditional political parties that pay, through various intermediaries and questionable methods, popular Romanian TV channels to turn a blind eye to corruption issues and to sing the praises of those parties’ successes.

The selection also offers several thematic sidebars – for example, Faces of War or Decided Death – which will be accompanied by lectures and talks. Renowned British filmmaker Nick Broomfield will be celebrated in a retrospective, and after a two-year break, Astra Film Junior will be back to screen dozens of documentaries targeted at children of various ages.

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