Friday, May 20, 2011

4th Annual Toronto-Romanian Film Festival, May 20-22

This weekend brings the 4th Annual Toronto-Romanian Film Festival, presented by the ToRo Arts Group. The festival brings the best of recent Romanian cinema to Toronto audiences.

Screened films include many winners from the recent Premiile Gopo (Gopo Awards) for Romanian cinema. The opening night film will be Eu când vreau să fluier, fluier (If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle) which set a Gopo record with thirteen nominations and won six awards including Best Film. The closing night film is Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceauşescu (The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu) which won for Best Documentary and Editing.

Other films being presented include Medalia de onoare (Medal of Honour), Marţi, după Crăciun (Tuesday, After Christmas), Morgen and Kapitalism - Reţeta noastră secretă (Kapitalism: Our Improved Formula).

Films will be screened at the Bloor Cinema and Innis Town Hall. The festival runs until Sunday, May 22.



The 4th Annual Toronto-Romanian Film Festival is set for the 20-22nd of May in downtown Toronto at the Bloor and Innis Town Hall theatres. This year we will be showcasing 'A Day in the Life' of Romanian society' - in effect, you will be watching the daily Romanian cinematic newspaper. For News, check out the opening screening at 7pm on Friday, May 20th, with If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle. Directed by Florin Serban and featuring George Pistereanu in his breakout film role, you'll witness Silviu's account of life in a juvenile detention centre.

In Local News we have Medal of Honour by Calin Peter Netzer and starring legendary theatre and film actor Victor Rebengiuc. Read this on Saturday at 6pm at Innis Town Hall as Ion receives his medal of honour, only to have it taken away by bureaucracy. From the Archives will bring censored documentaries from the Communist regime in with director Laurentiu Damian on Saturday at 3pm at Innis, as well as The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu, the closing night screening at the Bloor Cinema at 8pm. The Cannes-premiered film directed by Andrei Ujica, is a reminiscence of the dictator's powerful reign during the summary trial that he and his wife were submitted to.

For Lifestyle, head to the Bloor Cinema on Saturday at 9pm for Tuesday, After Christmas, where, alongside actress Maria Popistasu and screenwriter Alex Baciu, we will see who Paul chooses, or who chooses Paul: his wife, or his mistress. Arts & Entertainment brings HBO productions Merry Circus, by Claudiu Mitcu, and The Shukar Collective Project, by Matei-Alexandru Mocanu at 12:30pm on Saturday at Innis. For News in Brief, jump in line for the shorts program at Innis on Saturday at 1:30pm. In Business, there's Kapitalism: Our Improved Formula at 3:15 on Sunday at Innis.

Directed by Alexandru Solomon, the doc takes a look at how Ceausescu would react would he come back to life 20 years after his death - rumour has it that he'd like what he sees. And a newspaper wouldn't be complete without the vacation and tourism page. Here we have Morgen by Marian Crisan, screening at 5pm on Sunday at 5pm at Innis - where two men work out the borders that separate them.
Tickets are on sale now through our website, so don't forget to book your weekend of Romanian dailies.

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