Movies

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Feature Films

Katalin Varga

Antal Borlan's loving wife could never imagine that her gentle husband is guilty of a horrible crime. Antal believes that he received forgiveness from God, the main evidence being his happy marriage, but a vengeful angel named Katalin Varga is determined to look for Antal even in the pit of the snake hole to get revenge. Raped by Antal a few years before, Katalin will now use their own child, Orban, for revenge.

Kino Caravan

In an isolated village in Transylvania, at the beginning of the 60’s, the people live relative peaceful lives under the leadership of TANASIE, the local People’s Council’s President. A mobile cinema, run by a young and ambitious communist activist, TAVI, arrives with the express mission of making a propaganda film projection. It’s Tavi ’s first assignment and he struggles to make a success of it. Except that the endless rain causes flooding, and the inertia of some of the villagers continually frustrates his plans. Each of them is somehow unwilling to participate or to support the projection, but they are cannily not showing an open opposition. Tavi is very ambitious and has the power of the party behind him. His pressure produces fear, and Tanasie is being held responsible. Slowly, under Tanasie’s prodding, everybody has to make some compromises so as to survive the whole event. Meanwhile, Tavi falls in love with CORINA, the village teacher, who has romantic dreams, which Tanasie secretly shares... The attraction between the two young people initially appears mutual, though Tavi continually slips into an ideological discourse every time he has an opportunity to get closer to her. Corina finds all this amusing - she likes this young man who wants to change the world. And Tanasie finds himself encouraging this liaison to sweeten the way with Tavi. Against all odds, the screening of the Russian propaganda films finally is about to happen in the classroom of the school. Tavi asks Corina to leave the village with him after the projection, but she refuses. Humiliated, frustrated, suffering from overambition and the sense that he can do anything he wants; he rapes Corina after the projection on his way out with the caravan. Finally, this occurs while Tanasie and the villagers are on the hill, playing cards, concluding that no party, or officials, can change their usual routines in life.

Poker

Four boys start neglecting school to meet in a hidden location and play poker. As time goes by, their poker games become more and more serious, while at the same time bring them closer as friends. Now that they are grown-ups, Claudiu, Titel, Horia and Marcel are known as the resourceful politician, the surgeon who knows people, the adventurous gangster and the millionaire architect. Behind their normal day-to-day activities, such as cocoa transactions or garden gnomes deals, the boys hide serious, money-making businesses. Their last “match” reveals that each of the four friends has a secret plan the others don’t know about, and soon their traditional poker game turns into a ridiculous bluff. While Monica, the politician’s mistress, watches their cat and mouse game with disguised indifference, the boys fail to realize that none of them has the ace up his sleeve…

Red Gloves

In the winter of 1957 the young student of Saxon origin Felix Goldschmidt was arrested by the Securitate in Brasov . After two years of investigations Felix became a witness of the prosecution in the trial against his friends. Is Felix a traitor or a victim?

The Concert

Andrei Filipov, the famous conductor of the largest orchestra in Russia, the Bolşoi Orchestra, considered a genius in the West, is fired during the communist era, in full glory. He refused to give up all the interpreters of his orchestra who were Hebrew, "Jews and enemies of the people", including his best friend, Sasha Grossman. Andrew immersed himself in drink and depression. Now he has 50 years and is still working at Bolşoi. As a janitor ...

The Bolşoi conductor, a former Communist Party official, promised Andrew that he will soon bring back his orchestra, but only to humiliate him in a sadistic manner. He believes that Andrew is old and that anyway he grants him a big favor by keeping him as a janitor.

At a certain point, while rubbing the floors of the director's office, Andrew finds a fax. The Bolşoi Orchestra is invited to play at the Palais Chatelet in Paris in two weeks. Bolşoi would in the last moment replace the Philharmonic of San Francisco, originally planned by the French, but announced that it is no longer available.

Andrew steals the fax and devises a crazy plan: In two weeks he will look up all his old orchestra musician friends, a varied bunch now living in Moscow as taxi drivers, porn film compositors, windshield wipers, merchants on black markets ... His plan is to go to Paris under the name of the great Bolşoi Orchestra from Moscow. Will they defy destiny and take revenge!? Will they succeed?

Documentaries

Memory In Stone

Memory In Stone

After 40 years Demian Joseph returns to Rosia Montana in the footsteps of two films: "Stone Wedding" and "Spirit of Gold" ... what's left of the sentimental picture of what happened to those places ... the people … is the film crew still present in their memory? The film can be a requiem for a vanished world, a place that is currently agonizing ... but also for three great artists: Mircea Veroiu, Leopoldina Bălănuţă, Dorin Liviu Zaharia.

Merry Circus (Circul Vesel)

Mina and Carol have been married for 55 years. They were both circus artists. Mina is 75 years-old and Carol is 84 years-old, they have a daughter, two grandchildren and a 4 year-old great-granddaughter. Carol is Toma Zdebschi’s son, one of the first circus owners from Romania. After the communists took control of Romania, the Romanian circuses were taken over by the state. Carol was forced to give away the name of “Globus Circus”, this name being used now by the circus owned by the state. The couple retired in 1992 and currently they live in their house from the Rahova neighborhood, Bucharest. In their front yard we can still see the wagon they travelled across the country with. Every year, on August 29th, family and friends gather to celebrate Carol’s birthday.

My Beautiful Dacia

My Beautiful Dacia is an extravagant and humoristic odyssey from Communism to Capitalism, seen from the perspective of one of Romania's most charismatic symbols, the Dacia automobile. The film follows several Romanians -from rich to poor, from old to young- whose lives are interconnected by this humble car, thus showing the present transformation of Romanian society from past to present. Can this car be the answer to Romania'ssocial changes?

The World According to Ion B.

The film starts in 2008. Ion B is a 62 year-old homeless man living in Bucharest. As a young man, he had dreamed of becoming a film director. In the 70’s he started creating collages that he refers to as “my films”. In 2008, a young gallery owner heard by chance about Ion and his work. The homeless man showed him a collection of old suitcases filled with almost 1000 collages he had made between the 70’s and the 90’s. Only one year later, in 2009, Ion lives in his own home and has become one of the most important contemporary Romanian artists. This is the story of a genuine artist living on the edge of society, creating art in its purest form. For himself.

Short Films - fiction

The Doll's Eye

The Doll's Eye

Mariana Nica and Martin Koffer discover the secret in the EYES of the Doll.

Trolleybus 92

Trolleybus 92

A drama inspired from a reality in which the roles of men and women symbolize the frustration of the whole Romanian society, a society whosedaily existence can explode at any moment.

A man climbs the trolley and begins to talk on the phone to his wife or girlfriend. Because he does not get a quick response, he speaks to her violently and threatens her with death.

Animation Films

White Noise

White Noise

With a calmness that breaks the harmony of the piano, he passes his being through paint. His thorough friend, the brush, cuts a space in the setting and the notes pulsate spasmodically.

You Can't Hurry Love

You Can't Hurry Love

Animation about two bugs and their desperate attempts to get a date with each other. There is a reason why they cannot.

Film Schools Competition

African Band

African Band

Young people addicted to heroin from "The Pericles Addiction Centre of Integrated Assistance for Addictions" are trying to overcome their addiction and give meaning to life through music.

After Party

After Party

Saturday night while walking home, after a party, Ioana is hit by a car. She wakes up in Dan and Paul's car, who take her on a long ride to the hospital.

Alfonzo's Fly

Alfonzo's Fly

Prisoner Alfonzo's relationship with a fly.

Amoklove

Amoklove

A love story spoken in a heartbeat.

European Film Panorama

Looking for Eric

Eric Bishop, a middle-aged postman working for the Manchester sorting office, is going through a dreadful crisis. For starters, his second life companion has not resurfaced although she was released from prison a few months ago. He is left alone with two stepsons to look after, which is no bed of roses since the two teens disrespect him and keep disobeying him. As a result Eric panics... Having lost all his bearings, Eric Bishop soliloquizes face to the poster of his idol, another Eric, French footballer Eric Cantona, when the latter appears just like the genie out of Aladdin's lamp. Through a series of aphorisms peculiar to him, the footballer-philosopher will help remorse-ridden desperate Eric Bishop to get by.

The Ghost Writer

When a successful British ghostwriter, THE GHOST WRITER, agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister ADAM LANG, his agent assures him it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems doomed from the start—not least because his predecessor on the project, Lang’s long-term aide, died in an unfortunate accident. The Ghost flies out to work on the project, in the middle of winter, to an oceanfront house on an island off the U.S. Eastern seaboard. But the day after he arrives, a former British cabinet minister accuses Lang of authorizing the illegal seizure of suspected terrorists and handing them over for torture by the CIA—a war crime. The controversy brings reporters and protesters swarming to the island mansion where Lang is staying with his wife, RUTH, and his personal assistant (and mistress), AMELIA. As The Ghost works, he begins to uncover clues suggesting his predecessor may have stumbled on a dark secret linking Lang to the CIA—and that somehow this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind. Was Lang in the service of the American intelligence agency while he was prime minister? And was The Ghost’s predecessor murdered because of the appalling truth he uncovered? Resonating with topical themes, this atmospheric and suspenseful political thriller is a story of deceit and betrayal on every level— sexual, political and literary. In a world in which nothing, and no one, is as it seems, The Ghost quickly discovers that the past can be deadly—and that history is decided by whoever stays alive to write it.

Un prophete

Set largely within prison walls, the film details the prison career of Malik el Djebena (Tahar Rahim), a 19-year-old man of North African origin but estranged from the Muslim community. Sentenced to six years for what appears to be violence against police (albeit denied by Malik), he is chosen by Cesar Luciani (Niels Arestrup), feared kingpin of the prisons reigning Corsican gang, to kill a prisoner named Reyeb (Hichem Yacoubi) who had initially offers Malik drugs in exchange for sex. Reyeb is in prison awaiting testifying against the mob. Malik commits the bloody murder, and thanks to Luciani's near-total control of the prisons internal workings - gets off scot-free. This makes him a lieutenant in the prisons Corsican gang, initially entrusted only with menial duties and disparaged as an Arab outsider.

"A Drop of Sea" Contest

Loneliness

When did you last spend time with your child? A movie about a messed up world that forgot the  simple joys of life like the smile of a child.

Simply complicated

How do you feel when everything crumbles around you? When illusions fall down and scream after a warm smile? There are feelings that bewilder you , ghosts of grief haunt your existence... And you are alone.
Have you ever made time to hear the story of a soul condemned to bear a cross that is to heavy to handle? The soul of a man suffering from a fatal disease ... Have you ever dug deeper than the physical barrier that is seen? To manage to get  past the appearances to enter the soul of a suffering? That is what the  short film "simply complicated" proposes  to achieve. Borrowing the vision of  a PLWHA, the film unfolds as a story whose idea is that, in nature, all men are equal, we all have dreams and feelings so discrimination in the Universe simply has no point what so ever.

Stop Human Trafficking

 Your body is not for sale.

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