Romanian Film Festival 2019

The Romanian Film Festival is back once again, bringing you new releases, talented artists, and important debates with film experts and critics.

Special events and conversations accompany the screenings, continuing the tradition of the festival as a joyful celebration of Romanian cinema.

The 15th Romanian Film Festival is titled Fragments of Truth and takes place at Curzon Soho between 24 - 28 October 2019.

Filmmaker Corneliu Porumboiu features twice, with his crime thriller The Whistlers and sports documentary Infinite Football. Ioana Uricaru's debut feature Lemonde plays, as does Daniel Sandu's One Step Behind the Seraphim, with the festival closing with Moromete Family: On the Edge of Time, sequel to one of Romanian cinema's most lauded adaptations.

 

 

The Whistlers at Romanian Film Festival at Curzon Soho

The Whistlers

Screening followed by Q&A with director Corneliu Porumboiu, lead actor Vlad Ivanov and visual artist Arantxa Etchevarria Porumboiu

Corneliu Porumboiu | 2019 | Romania | Comedy, Crime | 97 min | in Romanian, with English subtitles

 

Cristi, a police inspector in Bucharest, has an ambivalent relationship with the law. Drawn into a high stakes heist by the glamorous and enigmatic Gilda, he finds himself travelling to a Spanish island where he has to learn the local dialect - a secret whistling language - to pull off the biggest deal of his life.

Thursday 24 October 6.20pm | Curzon Soho.

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Infinite Football at Romanian Film Festival at Curzon Soho

Infinite Football

UK Premiere followed by Q&A with director Corneliu Porumboiu

Corneliu Porumboiu | 2018 | Romania | Documentary | 70 min | in Romanian, with English subtitles

 

What if everything we knew about football was wrong and the beautiful game could be made even more beautiful?

Over the course of this feature-length documentary Laurentiu Ginghina explains to his friend Corneliu Porumboiu (director of 12:08 East of Bucharest and The Whistlers) his theories of the evolution of the beautiful game from 'football 2.0' to 'football 2.1', and beyond, to infinity.

By day a local bureaucrat, Ginghina likens his double-life to that of the secret identity of a superhero, dedicating his time outside of work to his thoerising of bringing football forward, including dividing the pitch into smaller zones.

Friday 25 October 6.45pm | Curzon Soho.

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Lemonade at Romanian Film Festival at Curzon Soho

Lemonade

UK Premiere followed by Skype Q&A with director Ioana Uricaru.

Ioana Uricaru | 2018 | Romania | Drama | 88 min | in English and Romanian with English subtitles

 

A winner of multiple awards from various international film festivals, Ioana Uricaru's Lemonade is a portrait of a mother and her eight-year-old son caught in the uncaring bureaucracy of the US immigration system.

Uricaru drew on her own experiences as a Romanian immigrant in America for this, her debut feature film.

Saturday 26 October 3.30pm | Curzon Soho.

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One Step Behind the Seraphim at Romanian Film Festival at Curzon Soho

One Step Behind the Seraphim

UK Premiere followed by Q&A with lead actor Vlad Ivanov.

Daniel Sandu | 2017 | Romania | Drama | 150 min | in Romanian, with English subtitles

 

Gabriel (Stefan Iancu), is a teenager who wants to be a priest and has been recently admitted to a theological seminary. Trying to fit in first, he is fast to discover a world of fear and abuse.

Lying, cheating and betrayal are things the freshmen have to master in order to survive their seniors' constant bullying, a situation orchestrated by their authoritarian teacher (Vlad Ivanov).

Sunday 27 October 5.00pm | Curzon soho.

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Moromete Family: On the Edge of Time at Romanian Film Festival at Curzon Soho

Moromete Family: On the Edge of Time

UK Premiere followed by Q&A with director Stere Gulea.

Stere Gulea | 2018 | Romania | Drama | 110 min | in Romanian, with English subtitles

 

The sequel to one of Romanian cinema's most lauded adaptations, The Moromete Family, On the Edge of Time tells the story of Ilie Moromete's family and focuses on his youngest son, Niculae. In this new moment, the entire universe of the village, where the most important thing is to own land and work it, changes upon the arrival of the Communist regime and collectivization.

The years 1945-1946 finds Ilie Moromete aging, but still active and relevant, but there are tensions between him and his second wife, Catrina. They reproach each other over the ownership of the land, over Ilie’s children from his first marriage, and over her jealousy.

Niculae is the only one of the children who went to school. He completed three high school years but stopped before the final year, for financial reasons. What he wants most in this world is to finish his studies, with the intention of becoming a journalist and writer, recording both the old and the new times through which he has lived.

Monday 28 October 6.15pm | Curzon Soho.

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