Square One
Emanuel Pârvu
2013

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Square One

Screened alongside with „ A Duet” and „Kazimir” at Anonimul International Independent Film Festival in 2013, „Square One” is more tightly connected, from the point of view of the theme and the geographical area it makes reference to, with the second movie. It is about the beliefs that are still alive in the Danube Delta’s villages, pagan rituals and superstitions of all kinds that even Orthodox Christianity is tributary to and that mess up people’s minds. A deliriously comic short, with as spectacular a cast as the topic itself is.

Director: Emanuel Pârvu
Scriptwriter: Emanuel Pârvu
Produced by: Alexandru Teodorescu
Cast: Dorina Lazăr, Constantin Cojocaru, Andi Vasluianu, Anca Sigartău, Mircea Andreescu, Medeea Marinescu, Dorian Boguță, Liliana Mocanu, Ana Ciontea
Year: 2013
Genre: short film
Duration: 15 minutes
Subtitles: English

Synopsis:

In the Danube Delta people are still led by archaic rules that don’t make sense to anybody but them. Even the ground they walk on isn’t n harmony with their obsolete habits and digging up the dead after ten years to wash their bones implies landslides because of the sandy soil. But the members of a family from Sfântu Gheorghe decide to ignore the priest’s request not to dig up any corpses thinking they are doing the right thing.

Read more at Aarc.ro:

Festivals

Anonimul International Independent Film Festival – Romania, 2013

A Duet
Andi Vasluianu
2013

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A Duet

Screened, alongside with „Square One” and „Kazimir” at Anonimul International Independent Film Festival, in 2013, „A Duet”, written and directed by the actor Andi Vasluianu, can be considered, beyond the funny dialogue, a cinematographic parable about communication, artistic communication and the Story in the largest sense possible. The rest is silence.

Director: Andi Vasluianu
Scriptwriter: Andi Vasluianu
Produced by: Alexandru Teodorescu
Cast: Ionuț Vișan, Mihai Calotă
Year: 2013
Genre: short film
Duratio: 7:21
Subtitles: English

Synopsis:

An actor and a screenwriter start talking about their professional projects and end up sharing inner feelings and frustrations. They are intoxicated from beer and wine, so they manage to rewind and rethink their discussion.

Festivals:

Anonimul International Independent Film Festival – Romania, 2013

 

Corpus
Laurențiu Damian
2011

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Corpus

An experimental documentary film, signed by Laurențiu Damian, a result of Grant Project initiated by UNARTE in 2011. „Corpus” is an audio-visual meditation on the human body, a dynamic collage composed of dance, ultrasound images, well studied frames of corpses at the National Forensics Institute „Mina Minovici” , photos of rural houses, archive images of mass genocides, all emphasized by the cultural comments made of quotes from superbe texts by Cezar Ivănescu, Nichita Stănescu, Ana Blandiana, Petre Ghelmez, Marin Sorescu, as well as key texts of the universal culture of all times (Faust). The body is captured in every one of its’ dimensions, in the „doing and undoing” processes, in its’ social, historical, biological instances while the invitation to the viewer to meditate on it comes from the way in which all these dimensions are superposed and synchronized.

Director: Laurențiu Damian
Scriptwriter: Laurențiu Damian
Comments by: Anghel Damian
Cinematography by: Dănuț Pădure
Sound by: Ștefan Elefteriu
Produced by:Editura Video
Year: 2011
Genre: documentary film
Duration: 36 minutes

Synopsis:

A film-essay that plastically composes and decomposes the human body, seen as an argument for a visual discourse with philosophical resonances.

Read more at Aarc.ro

Awards:

Special Award of the Jury, Editing Award, UCIN – Romania, 2011

Finale
Dorian Boguță
2015

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Finale

Director: Dorian Boguță
Scriptwriter: Dorian Boguță
Cinematography by: Liviu Pojoni jr.
Produced by: Actoriedefilm.ro
Cast: Dragoș Bucur
Year: 2015
Genre: short film
Duration: 14:53

Synopsis

Winter. A deserted beach. A bruised sky. A deafened sound in the air. A trailer. A forty something man, dressed in a suit, is lying on the sand in a fetal position with an empty look on his face. His eyes look tired and his face betrays no expression. Night, same beach, same sky, same sound. The man in the trailer is trying to write something. A pack of wild dogs has surrounded the trailer and are trying to get inside…

Read more at www.aarc.ro

Awards

Special Mention, International Competition, Timishort International Film Festival,Timișoara – Romania, 2015

Hooked
Adrian Sitaru
2008

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Hooked

„Hooked” the feature of the well known film director Adrian Sitaru, was received as a paradigm challenger in the Romanian cinema, a movie that turns away from the New Wave’s neo realism (as represented in a movie such as „Stuff and Dough” by Cristi Puiu) only to embrace a fantastic register that opens subtle and multilayered possibilities of interpretation. The characters also have complex personalities that show their features as they are alternatively lit in accordance to the play of the real-fantastic registers. A film that, by the courageous cinematography too, has a lot to offer.

Director: Adrian Sitaru
Scriptwriter: Adrian Sitaru (based on an idea of Radu Jude)
Cinematography by: Adrian Silișteanu
Produced by: Juliette Lepoutre, Marie-Pierre Macia, Adrian Sitaru, Ada Solomon (associate producer)
Cast: Adrian Titieni, Ioana Flora, Maria Dinulescu, Alexandru Georgescu, Sorin Vasilescu, Nicodim Ungureanu
Year: 2008
Genre: comedy, drama
Duration: 80 minutes

Synopsis

A Sunday picnic seemed like the best way for Mihai and Sweetie to spend some quality time together and take their relationship to a new level. But a series of odd and unexpected events soon turn this idyllic weekend getaway into a very, very strange day.

Read more at: www.aarc.ro

Festivals

Venice International Film Festival, Venice Days section – Italy, 2008
Toronto International Film Festival – Canada, 2008
BFI London International Film Festival ¬– Great Britain, 2008

Awards

Nominations:

Grand Prix, Bratislava International Film Festival – Slovakia, 2008
Bronze Horse (Adrian Sitaru), Stockholm International Film Festival – Sweden, 2008
Golden Alexander (Adrian Sitaru), Thessaloniki Film Festival – Greece, 2008
Best Film (Adrian Sitaru), Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema – Argentina, 2009

Winner:

Jury Prize, Estoril International Film Festival – Portugal, 2008
Best Actress (Ioana Flora & Maria Dinulescu), Thessaloniki Film Festival – Greece, 2008
Silver Alexander, Special Jury Award (Adrian Sitaru), Thessaloniki Film Festival – Greece, 2008
Best Script (Adrian Sitaru), Mons International Festival of Love Films – Belgium, 2009
Best Actress (Maria Dinulescu), Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema – Argentina, 2009
Grand Prize (Adrian Sitaru), Ourense Independent Film Festival – Spania, 2009
New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize (Adrian Sitaru), Palm Springs International Film Festival – U.S.A., 2009
„Opera Prima” Award, UCIN – Romania, 2009

Media articles

The Death of Mr. Ceaușescu, The European Union festival showcases Romania's new wave . . . and next wave, www.chicagoreader.com
TIFF Report #Hooked, www.dailyfilmdose.com

The Island
Laurențiu Damian
2012

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The Island

The documentary film „Within a Tempest/The Island”, made by Laurențiu Damian – a director, scriptwriter, PHD in cinema and media, professor at UNATC – is a valuable cinematographic document, an immediate proof of the great director Silviu Purcărete working style. The director is filmed during the rehearsals for the Shakespearean play „The Tempest” with the actors from „Marin Sorescu” National Theatre in Craiova.

Director: Laurențiu Damian
Scriptwriter: Laurențiu Damian
Cinematography by: Dănuț Pădure
Produced by: Editura Video
Year: 2012
Genre: documentary film
Duration: 66 minutes


Synopsis

A portrait of director Silviu Purcărete, with a fine touch – comments, directing indications and interviews brought together during several rehearsal sequences.

Read more at aarc.ro

The Unsaved
Igor Cobileanski
2013

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The Unsaved

Igor Cobileanski’s first feature film, „The Unsaved”, written in collaboration with a Romanian successful director, Corneliu Porumboiu, had a significant number of participations in festivals and received the FIPRESCI Award at Cottbus International Film Festival, Germany, 2013.

Director: Igor Colbileanski
Scriptwriter: Igor Cobileanski, Corneliu Porumboiu
Image: Oleg Mutu
Cast: Igor Babiac, Sergiu Voloc, Ela Ionescu, Igor Caras-Romanov, Angela Ciobanu
Year: 2013
Genre: feature fiction
Duration: 82 minutes

Synopsis

A bittersweet drama about Viorel, a small-time drug dealer living in a little town from forgotten Moldova. His best friend drags him in his insane dream of flying, his mother urges him to start make a living and the woman he loves is about to leave with her lover who is about to be released from custody by a corrupted cop. Viorel decides to straighten his life up, he gets a decent job and tries to save the girl from the destructive relationship she’s having, but soon, he realizes that doing the right thing turns into a relative matter.

Read more at: aarc.ro

Festivals

Warsaw International Film Festival, The World Today non-competitive section – Poland, 2013
Molodist International Film Festival, Films Across Borders non-competitive section, Kiev – Ukraine, 2013
Tbilisi International Film Festival, Films Across Borders non-competitive section – Georgia, 2013
Transylvania International Film Festival, Romanian Days competition – Romania, 2014
Crossing Europe, Linz Film Festival 2014, International competition – Austria, 2014 European Film Festival, official competition – Romania, 2014
Brussels Film Festival official competition – Belgium, 2014

Awards

Nomination: East of West Award (Igor Cobileanski), Karlovy Vary International Film Festival – Czech Republic, 2013

Winner:

FIPRESCI Award, Cottbus International Film Festival – Germany, 2013
Best Cinematography (feature) (Oleg Mutu), Best First Feature Film (Igor Cobileanski), Gopo Awards – Romania, 2014
Best First Feature Film, South East European Film Festival – USA, 2014

Media articles
Transylvania Mon Amour: Sheila Seacroft reports from Cluj, Romania (1/2) -  www.jigsawlounge.co.uk

Perfusion
Ruxandra Ghițescu
2010

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Perfusion

In this short film, director Ruxandra Ghiţescu invites the audinece to watch a compositional analysis of a character woven on a very precise narrative thread.

Director: Ruxandra Ghițescu
Scriptwriter: Ruxandra Ghițescu
Produced by: Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan
Cinematography by: Lulu de Dehillerin
Cast:  Patricia Poslusnic, Andra Gogan, Răzvan Gogan
Year: 2010
Genre: drama
Duration: 15 minutes

 

Plot summary:
A little girl spends her afternoon home alone, playing on her computer.

Hypotheses or predictions
based on theories
Andreea Păduraru
2015

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Hypotheses or predictions based on theories

 

Andreea Păduraru, the director of this short film teams up with Marius Panduru for cinematography, Dragos Apetri for editing and the actresses Florentina Năstase, Adina Lucaciu, Alexandra Marcu, Ioana Marcoiu in order to create a visual metaphor for insecurity.

Director: Andreea Păduraru
Scriptwriter: Andreea Păduraru, Adela Dan
Producer : Anca Puiu
Cinematography by: Marius Panduru
Cast:  Florentina Năstase, Adina Lucaciu, Alexandra Marcu, Ioana Mărcoiu, Serghei Chiviriga, Kai Hildrebrand, Ali Rezza Saled Munteanu
Year: 2015
Genre: drama
Duration: 21 minutes
Available only on Romania

Plot summary:

Confused about her imminent wedding, Laura has to fiind her answer in a sisterly roadtrip to the sea.

Festivals:

International Film Festival NEXT - Bucharest 2016
Vienna Independent Shorts – Austria 2016
Dakino International Film Festival – Romania 2016

The Flavors Collection
Igor Cobileanski
2013

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The Flavors Collection

One of those Romanian shorts that approach children and family drama, "The Flavors Collection" is the story of a boy, Victor, whose childhood will be sacrificed to save his family.

Colectia de arome - Igor Cobileanski

Director: Igor Cobileanski
Scriptwriter: Igor Cobileanski
Cinematography: Veaceslav Cebotari
Produced by: Valentina Iusuphodjaev
Cast: George Grâu, Radu Marin Suceanu, Petru Tofan, Ion Curcă, Vitalie Toderașcu, Valentin Gibaltovski, Olga Gutu
Year: 2013
Genre: drama
Duration: 14 min
Teritorii:Disponibil numai în România

Festivaluri:
Festivalul Internațional de Film de la Capalbio – Italia, 2014
Festivalul International de Film din Valencia – Spania, 2014
Festivalul International de Film Bussan – Coreea de Sud, 2014
Festivalul International de Film Clermont-Ferrand – Franța, 2014
Festivalul International de Film de la Locarno – Elveția, 2013
Festivalul International de Film Cottbus – Germania, 2013
Festivalul European de Film de Scurtmetraj, Brest – Franța, 2013
Festivalului Internaţional de Film NexT – România, 2014

Premii:
Premiul pentru Cel mai bun regizor la Festivalul Internațional de Film de la Capalbio – Italia, 2014
Premiul pentru Cel mai bun scurtmetraj românesc la Festivalul Internaţional de Film NexT – România, 2014

Articole din presă:
„Colecţia de arome“ de Igor Cobileanski, cel mai bun scurtmetraj românesc la NexT Film Festival, www.adevarul.ro
Igor Cobileanski, la cel mai important festival de scurtmetraje, www.adevarul.ro

Două pelicule în regia lui Igor Cobileanski sunt prezentate la Cottbus, www.Flux.md

CINEPUB@CELA

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About CELA

Cinepub is proudly announcing its participation as a founder member in the European project CELA (Creating Emerging Literary Artists), a two-year programme dedicated to European writers and translators. Funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, CELA starts in September 2017 and it is an association of seven partners from six countries: Booktailors (Portugal), Cinepub (Romania), Escuela de Escritores (Madrid/Spain), Huis de Buren and Passa Porta (Belgium), Pisa Book Festival (Italy) and Wintertuin (the Netherlands ). CELA’s activity will begin in September 2017.

The aim of the project is to select 18 writers and 24 translators who are at the beginning of their careers and to guide them through a serie of workshops in different countries and specialized in different areas and directions in order to prepare them to assert themsleves in the European context gain experience and themselves in the European context. The skills and information gained by the participants would help them become more visible in a world less accesible for new-comers, regardless of their age. Bref CELA is a networking, training and lobby hub for the writers and translators who want to gain international recognition, a helping hand for the new generation of writing professionals and a chance for them to have their work translated in six European languages and presented in various, multidisciplinary international festivals.

The long-term purpose of CELA is to create a sustainable infrastructure meant to help emerging talents to develop in a multilingual and multicultural context, based on transnational mobility and to find new ways to generate financial resources to sustain authors who are integrated in a succesful European project.

 “Cinepub is not (just) a cinema website, or (just) the most important legal online archive of Romanian films or (just) a handy FVOD, but a team made of friends, enthusiast supporters, professionals from visual arts, cinema and writing domains, famous or ordinary readers and viewers, in short, an entire free, creative and borderless world. For all these reasons, but also because of the lack of real opportunities for emergent authors to gain recognition and the lack of professional, high quality translators who are experts in philology, a lack that Cinepub professionally feels, made us join CELA, an unique project among the thousands of current European cultural projects” stated Lucian Georgescu, a professor, cineaste and the founder of cinepub.ro.

The national selection for CELA

Between 5th of July and 15th of August 2017, Cinepub will be organising the national selection for CELA. We are looking for three writers of fiction locally published (either a personal volume  or at least one text published in a collective volume) and five translators from Romanian into one of the CELA’s official languages: Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese – the translators will have to prove their language related knowledge and the existence of some professionally translated texts in these languages. The selected writers will have the opportunity to participate in one of the five workshops of the project, each workshop lasting for two weeks.  The participants can choose one workshop from the following list:

  • Didactics of Writing in Madrid – Escuela de Escritores – for those who are interested in learning methods of teaching creative writing;
  • About visibility in Pisa – Pisa Book Fair – for those who want to learn the secrets of “personal selling” at festivals and profile networking;
  • Transmedia Storytelling in Wintertuin, the Netherlands – for those who want to experience new techniques of writing and new transformational models of fiction texts; Book marketing in Portugal with BookTailors
  • Techniques of adapting short prose in a fiction short film script in Bucharest with Cinepub.

The selected translators are to translate their foreign colleagues’ texts in the language they studied and to participate in Pisa Book Fair and other festivals in the Netherlands  and Belgium. Both the writers and the translators will be published in a chapbook and will be included, by texts or even by participation, in the European festivals of the year 2019.

Application info

The Romanian applicants will have to send to us (cela@cinepub.ro) the following documents before 15.08.2017:

Fiction writers – a short biography in Romanian and English; a fragment of one of your texts which was published or will be published/is looking for an editor (the text has to be prose), between 5 and 20 typewritten pages; a motivational letter to explain why you have chosen to become a CELA participant and why you are interested in the selected workshop; a bibliographical notes of the volumes/texts published in a volume, collective volume or anthology; contact information (phone number, e-mail, address, etc.)

Translators - a short biography in Romanian and English; a fragment of one of the texts translated by you which was published or will be published/is looking for an editor (the text has to be prose), between 5 and 20 typewritten pages; a motivational letter to  explain why you have chosen to become a CELA participant, reference notes regarding your professional activity (degrees, affiliation to an association, proofs of your activity), bibliographical notes of the volumes/texts published (if published), contact information (phone number, e-mail, address, etc.)

All selected participants must have an European ID or a passport and must be available between 23-27 September to participate in an introductory course that will take place in Passaporta, Brussels. More information can be found on     www.wintertuin.nl/programma/cela.

The selected applicants will be informed via email before 04.09.2017 and will receive more details about the final schedule of the workshops, participation information and accomodation facilities offered by the organizers.

Self-portrait of a
dutiful daughter
Ana Lungu
2015

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Self-portrait of a dutiful daughter

A Romanian outstanding feature film accompaning the debut of the director Ana Lungu, a strong
feminine debut compared to the new wave accomplishments, „Self-portrait of a dutiful daughter”
is the winner of the Best Film Award at Bucharest International Film Festival, 2015.

Director: Ana Lungu
Writer: Ana Lungu
Image: Silviu Stavilă
Cast: Elena Popa, Emilian Oprea, Andrei Enache, Iris Spiridon
Year: 2015
Category: feature film
Duration: 81 min.

Synopsis

Cristiana is a 30-year-old woman, brought up in a "proper" family. Her time is split between writing for her PhD thesis, conversations with best friends Alex and Michelle, and occasional, but eagerly awaited rendezvous with Dan, a married man with whom she is romantically involved. After her parents move out of the family apartment, Cristiana decides to buy a dog.

Read more at: www.aarc.ro

Festivals

Rotterdam, 2015

Awards

Nomination: Best film (Ana Lungu), Bucharest International Film Festival –  România 2015
Nomination: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Elena Popa), Gopo Awards – Romania, 2016
Nomination: Best Feature Film, Transilvania International Film Festival – Romania, 2015
Best Film (Ana Lungu) and Audience Award, Bucharest International Film Festival – Romania, 2015
Best Film, Crossing Europe, 2015

Media Articles

www.popoptiq.com
www.filmexplorer.ch
www.blogdecinema.ro

Toaster
Cristian Pop
2015

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Toaster

“Toaster” is a Romanian short film directed by Cristian Pop about the forced coming-of-age of a young boy in his freedom and nonconformist years. It won the Best actor award at CineMaiubit International Film Festival (Vasile Onica).

Director: Cristian Pop
Scriptwriter: Robert Antonescu
Image: Tudor Platon
Producer: UNATC „I.L. Caragiale”
Cast: Vasile Onica, Dragoș Olaru
Year: 2015
Category: short film
Duration: 16:13 min.

Plot Summary

Young and without any experience, a guy gets struck earlier in life by hard times. On his way to maturity he’s supposed to make a difficult choice. Who’s going to win: the toaster or the bicycle?
Read more at http://aarc.ro/articol/cristian-pop-prajitorul-de-paine-un-film-despre-maturizare

Festivals

Athens Drama Short Film Festival, International Competition – Greece
Manaki Brothers International Film Festival, Student Program, Bitola – Macedonia

Awards

Best Actor award, International Student Film Festival CineMAiubit – Romania, 2015
Jury Special Award, DaKino International Film Festival - Romania, 2016
Best Romanian Short award, NexT International Film Festival – Romania, 2016

In Which the Protagonist
Hidesand Then Has An
Unexpected Encounter
Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
2015

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In Which the Protagonist Hides and Then Has An Unexpected Encounter

“In Which the Protagonist Hides and Then Has An Unexpected Encounter” is a short fim presented at NexT International Film Festival in 2015 where it won the Best Romanian Short award. Directed by Tudor Cristian Jurgiu.

Director: Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
Scriptwriter: Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
Image: Andrei Butică
Producers: Cristian Drăghici
Cast: Iulia Ciochină, Ana Ciontea
Year: 2015
Category: short
Duration: 20 min.

Plot summary

One stressfull morning, like every other morning, Cristina suddenly stops in the doorway. She is unable to take the step that would lead her out of the house…

Related links

www.aarc.ro

Awards

Nomination: Best Short, Gopo Awards – Romania, 2016
Best Romanian Short award, NexT International Film Festival – Romania, 2016

The Hoods
Bogdan Drumea
2015

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The Hoods

“The Hoods” is a Romanian short film directed by Bogdan Drumea. Sketching, in quick lines, the relationship between two brothers coming from a poor neighborhood, the movie won the Audience award at the NexT International Film Festival 2015.

Director: Bogdan Drumea
Scriptwriter: Bogdan Drumea
Producers: UNATC, Ioana Lascăr, Bogdan Drumea
Cast: Adrian Bunea, Mihnea Vlădescu
Year: 2015
Category: short film
Duration: 16:17 min.

Plot Summary

Vlad decides to skip classes. His brother, Dragoș, finds him playing football. On the way back home, they try to understand eachother.

Festivals

International Student Film Festival CineMAiubit, Short films competition – Romania, 2014
International Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand, Short Film Market, Clermont-Ferrand – France, 2015
International Film Festival Cinema Jove, Valencia – Spain, 2015

Awards

Audience award, NexT International Film Festival – Romania, 2015