Friday, April 1, 2011

Transylvania fetes Romania's new wave films

Retro will play pics by Puiu, Mungiu, Porumboiu
By NICK HOLDSWORTH

LONDON -- Romania's Transylvania Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary in June with a retrospective of the new wave rebirth of Romanian cinema in the last decade.

The fest, based in Cluj, will screen key films including Cristi Puiu's 2001 debut, "Stuff and Dough," during its 6th Romanian Days sidebar, which runs June 9-11.

Pic screened at Cannes in Director's Fortnight, opening the way for Romanian filmmakers and putting the country back on the map of European cinema.

Other Cannes players unspooling in the retro include Puiu's "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu" (2005) and "Aurora" (2010); Cristian Mungiu's "Occident" (2002) and "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" (2007); Corneliu Porumboiu's "12:08 East of Bucharest" (2006) and "Police, Adjective" (2009); Catalin Mitulescu's "The Way I Spent the End of the World" (2006); Cristian Nemescu's "California Dreamin' (Endless)" (2007); Florin Serban's "If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle" (2010); Radu Muntean's "Tuesday, After Christmas" (2010); and Andrei Ujica's "The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu" (2010).

The event includes master classes by Puiu.

The fest opens June 3 with a screening of Francois Ozon's "Potich," a black comedy set in France in the 1970s starring Catherine Denueve, Gerard Depardieu and Fabrice Luchini.

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