THE ROMANIAN FILM FESTIVAL, 9TH EDITION: "HomeLands"

WHEN: NOVEMBER 11-27, 2022

WHERE:      Online, Nov. 11-27

Northwest Film Forum, Nov. 11-13 and Nov. 18-20

Nov. 11, 7:30pm - Metronom

Nov. 12, 6pm - Things Worth Weeping For

Nov. 13, 5pm - The Island

Nov. 18, 7:30pm Blue Moon

Nov. 19, 6pm - Metronom

Nov. 20, 5pm - A Higher Law

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The 9th edition of the RFF titled Homelands reflects on this year’s current events, while celebrating the power of film to map out new meanings into a world where people have been displaced by wars, economic crises, political instability, and natural disasters.  The internationally acclaimed movies featured in our carefully curated selection, covering all forms and genres, as well as our film related events with special guests, will redefine our sense of homelands and belonging, in relation to our families, neighbors, countries of origin, and, by extension, to our planet itself. As Daniel Ursache’s poster illustrates, movies remain, year after year, our main path and answer, when everything else seems out of place. 

After two successful virtual editions in 2020 and 2021, the festival will continue to showcase the best of the newest film productions from Romania and Europe, promoting outstanding directors, both established and up-and-coming. It will also keep its partnership with Northwest Film Forum, Romanian Film Fest Arizona and its sister-organizations ARCS Arizona and ARCS Detroit. The Romanian Film Festival Arizona, will have its in person screenings November 19-20 at Majestic Tempe 7 in Tempe, AZ.

We will offer you virtual opportunities to interact with local, national and international special guests.

In the meantime, please support our fundraising efforts. So far we raised over $16,000 from 60+ donors through Facebook and the ARCS website and we could not be more grateful to you! Will you help us reach our next target of $17,000? No amount is too small! Our goal is to raise $20,000 in two months. Let’s keep the story going for the 9th time! 


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This project is carried out with the support of the Department for the Romanians Abroad. (Acest proiect este realizat cu sprijinul Departamentului pentru Românii de Pretutindeni.)

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FILM FORMATS:

All virtual film programs in the 2022 festival are available to view ONLY in the U.S. You can purchase our films and watch them when it is most convenient for you, during the period of the festival. You have 48 hours to finish watching a film after you start playing it. 

**Many online screenings in Romanian Film Festival in Seattle 2022 include a live discussion or filmmaker Q&A, available on zoom. All panels and talks take place over Zoom, and will be automatically recorded and added to the end of the film playlist on Northwest Film Forum's Eventive virtual cinema for viewing throughout the fest. 

⚠️ Note to in-person attendees: NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Read full Covid policies here.

Fundraising Campaign

Thank you for your generosity! Our goal is to raise $20,000 to cover costs associated with programming, publicity, technical support and film distribution rights. We will keep the fundraising campaign open on our website and Facebook.

Raised

$20,791

Goal

$20,000

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Past events

Amok poster

Amok by Balázs Turai

2022, Animated Short, 14 minutes

When

Nov. 11, 2022 at 12:00 AM - 27 Nov. 2022 at 11:59 PM

Where

online

Synopsis

 After losing his fiancée and his good looks in a freak accident, Clyde must confront his inner demon.

Plastic Semiotic poster

Plastic Semiotic by Radu Jude

2021, Stop motion short, 22 minutes

When

Nov. 11, 2022 at 12:00 AM - 27 Nov. 2022 at 11:59 PM

Where

online

Synopsis

The life of human beings, seen from birth to old age. Only that this generic life is not represented with humans, but with the artifacts that we the humans have created for our children (or should we say “cubs”?), in order to prepare them for life: the toys. So, the film is a collage of scenes in which the toys help us understand better a possible essence of our life.

Ukrainian Sheriffs poster

Ukrainian Sheriffs by Roman Bondarchuck

2015, Documentary, 85 minutes

When

Nov. 11, 2022 at 12:00 AM - 27 Nov. 2022 at 11:59 PM

Where

online

Synopsis

Like a bird, the Ukrainian flag flies along perched on the car of two affable "sheriffs" deputized by the mayor of a village in southern Ukraine. There's a sly bum whose gift is not to work. There's a guy who puts an anaconda in his woman's shed. The advent of Euromaidan, and draft-dodgers abound. Town folks are dipping in icy water and laughing, but are they divided in their loyalty? These sheriffs are taking you along for the ride.

 

Spiral poster

Spiral by Cecília Felméri

2020, Drama, 98 minutes

When

Nov. 11, 2022 at 12:00 AM - 27 Nov. 2022 at 11:59 PM

Where

online

Synopsis

Spiral is about letting go. A strange triangle story by a mysterious lake, between one man and two women. Sometimes we can’t let go and this might result in consequences that end in tragedy. There’s only one thing we can do: face ourselves.

The Certainty of Probabilities poster

The Certainty of Probabilities by Raluca Durbacă

2021, Documentary, 90 minutes

When

Nov. 11, 2022 at 12:00 AM - 27 Nov. 2022 at 11:59 PM

Where

online

Synopsis

As an instrument of ideological domination, language, both verbal and visual, defines, describes, delimits and dissimulates the manner in which the social, political and economic reality of a society is perceived. In order to critique a dominant group's ideology, one must fragment and recontextualize its discourse. The Certainty of Probabilities seeks such a critique. Comprised entirely of archival footage produced during 1968, one of the most optimistic and prosperous years in the history of socialist Romania by the most important state-run documentary film studio, this essay film surveys the efforts undertaken by the state in order to ensure social stability in a society claiming to have quashed all exploitative and alienating labour relations.


 

The Island poster

The Island by Anca Damian

2022, Animation, 84 minutes

When

Nov. 11, 2022 at 12:00 AM - 27 Nov. 2022 at 11:59 PM

Where

online Nov 11-27 & Nov 13 @ 5pm at NW Film Forum

Synopsis

Discover a musical fable on the Robinson Crusoe myth: The Little Prince meets Monty Python. Robinson is a doctor and his solitude is voluntary in an island invaded by migrants, NGOs and guards. He saves Friday, a castaway, the only survivor of his illegal refugee boat. During his journey on the island, Robinson encounters extraordinary beings and events. He will confront current affairs through visual poetry and symbolism in a world where everybody looks for its own paradise.

Online: November 11-27

In person: November 13 at 5pm PST at Northwest Film Forum

⚠️ Note to in-person attendees: NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Read full Covid policies here.

 

Immaculate poster

Immaculate by Monica Stan and George Chiper-Lillemark

2021, Drama, 114 minutes

When

Nov. 11, 2022 at 12:00 AM - 27 Nov. 2022 at 11:59 PM

Where

online

Synopsis

When her junkie boyfriend ends up in prison, Daria is taken by her parents to rehab to quit heroin and become a good daughter again. Inside the clinic, Daria’s unwavering loyalty to her boyfriend makes her exceptional in the eyes of the male junkies and saves her from their sexual pressures. Being desired yet protected by everyone makes Daria feel special for the first time in her teenage life. She relishes her position until a new mysterious patient is committed. His arrival confronts Daria with her own desires, triggering wild competition among the men. Suddenly trapped between everyone’s clashing expectations, Daria must find her own path.

The Marshal's Two Executions poster

The Marshal's Two Executions by Radu Jude

2018, Historical fiction short, 10 minutes

When

Nov. 11, 2022 at 12:00 AM - 27 Nov. 2022 at 11:59 PM

Where

online

Synopsis

The film confronts two different views of the execution of General Ion Antonescu, Romania’s leader during the Second World War. On one side is silent black-and-white footage of the execution as recorded in 1946 by cameraman Ovidiu Gologanl; on the other are scenes from a biographical film shot in 1994 by director Sergiu Nicolaescu.

Us Against Us poster

Us Against Us by Andra Tarara

2020, Documentary, 74 minutes

When

Nov. 11, 2022 at 12:00 AM - 27 Nov. 2022 at 11:59 PM

Where

online

Synopsis

The director and her father take a camera in hand and film each other during interviews in which they discuss schizophrenia, their own pasts, and their personal conceptions of happiness. The film is a personal statement of two people affected by or marked by a mental disorder - a father forced to live with it and a daughter who had to grow up with a sick and often absent father. During filming, they try to find understanding for each other while revealing their inner traumas. One of the secondary topics is what it is like to undergo treatment for a mental disorder in Romania, as the father expresses frustration with the way he and his condition are viewed by the local healthcare system.

The Deer Passed in front of Me poster

The Deer Passed in front of Me by Vlad Petri

2020, Documentary Short, 27 minutes

When

Nov. 11, 2022 at 12:00 AM - 27 Nov. 2022 at 11:59 PM

Where

online

Synopsis

During the Covid-19 lockdown the director's grandmother passed away. As he sifted through personal archives, he found an audio recording of her and some old photo albums. Composed entirely from photographs, this is the story of her life against the backdrop of the historical changes Romania have been through in the 20th century.

The Man Who Would Be Free poster

The Man Who Would Be Free by Mihai Mincan and George Chiper-Lillemark

2019, Documentary, 106 minutes

When

Nov. 11, 2022 at 12:00 AM - 27 Nov. 2022 at 11:59 PM

Where

online

Synopsis

Have you ever considered that talking to a complete stranger could open your eyes and make you abandon everything that gave meaning to your life? 

A wandering philosopher, a guru or just a charlatan? This is the story of Cezar Mititelu, a man who decided to find true freedom for himself and realised, along the way, that he needs to change the others. A group of young people tried to escape the conformism and the constraints of an authoritarian society and found themselves castaway in irrelevance at the edges of history.


 

Man and Dog poster

Man and Dog by Ștefan Constantinescu

2022, Drama, 107 minutes

When

Nov. 11, 2022 at 12:00 AM - 27 Nov. 2022 at 11:59 PM

Where

online

Synopsis

After having received a mysterious text message, Doru (42) returns home from Sweden in the midst of the Corona outbreak due to the suspicion that his wife is having an affair. His family is a bit concerned about his unexpected visit, suspecting that he might have been fired from the job that they all rely on; at the same time, they are delighted to see him. As the days pass by, it becomes clear that Doru is pursuing an investigation. Alongside his mother’s rowdy dog, Amza, he is shadowing his wife around town, trying to uncover the possibilities of her betrayal.

Wood poster

Wood by Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan, Michaela Kirst, Ebba Sinzinger

2020, Documentary, 97 minutes

When

Nov. 11, 2022 at 06:00 AM - 27 Nov. 2022 at 11:59 PM

Where

Online

Synopsis

Illegal logging is a global business worth billions. Alexander von Bismarck, descendant of the Iron Chancellor and head of the Environmental Investigation Agency in Washington D.C., successfully pursues the machinations of the timber mafia worldwide – with dyed hair, a concealed camera and sound recording equipment. His primary concern isn't to expose a scandalous situation, but rather to promote a change in the consciousness of politics and civil society and to bring about a new code of conduct for the global economy and consumers. WOOD is an environmental thriller that draws its tension from sad everyday reality.

Opening Night Reception

Opening Night Reception

When

Nov. 11, 2022 at 06:00 PM - 11 Nov. 2022 at 07:30 PM

Where

Northwest Film Forum

What

After two years of clinking our glasses virtually, we are excited to celebrate the 9th edition of the festival in person! Please join us Nov. 11 at 6pm for the Opening Night Reception at Northwest Film Forum. We'll enjoy light refreshments and some catching up. 

After the reception, there will be a screening at 7:30pm for "Metronom" by Alexandru Belc.

 

Metronom poster

Metronom by Alexandru Belc

2022, Drama, 102 minutes

When

Nov. 11, 2022 at 07:30 PM - 19 Nov. 2022 at 07:45 PM

Where

Northwest Film Forum

Synopsis

Bucharest, 1972. Ana, 17, dreams of love and freedom. One night, while partying with her friends, they decide to send a letter to Metronom, the musical program which Radio Free Europe broadcasts clandestinely in Romania. It is then that the Securitate, Ceausescu’s secret police, arrives...

November 11 at 7:30pm (Northwest Film Forum)

November 19 at 6pm (Northwest Film Forum)

⚠️ Note to in-person attendees: NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Read full Covid policies here.

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Things Worth Weeping For by Cristina Groșan

2021, Comedy, Drama, 87 minutes

When

Nov. 12, 2022 at 06:00 PM - 12 Nov. 2022 at 07:30 PM

Where

Northwest Film Forum

Synopsis

MAJA’s life is finally coming together and her boyfriend couldn’t be more pleased. In the midst of moving out from their student flat, Maja’s evening takes a surprising turn when she stumbles upon an old relative who is without a doubt, dead. Nobody from the family is available to help, so Maja has to deal with it herself.

As she waits for the authorities, SARA, Maja’s childhood friend, joins. Maja tries to get rid of her, but Sara is more than keen on sharing her latest successes. Hours pass and they’re stuck with the dead body. Absurd situations arise. Are they allowed to eat next to a dead person? Did the woman just move her hand? And what is the proper way to say goodbye to someone you didn’tactually know?

⚠️ Note to in-person attendees: NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Read full Covid policies here.

Q&A with director Cristina Groșan

Q&A with director Cristina Groșan

When

Nov. 13, 2022 at 10:00 AM - 13 Nov. 2022 at 11:00 AM

Where

online

What

Join us for a live discussion with Things Worth Weeping For director Cristina Groșan. Register HERE.

Cristina Groșan is a Hungarian-Romanian filmmaker and visual artist working on fiction films screened at festivals worldwide. Her award-winning short “Holiday at the Seaside” exploring a mother-daughter relationship screened at more than 40 festivals.

Cristina is keen on connecting to the places she’s lived in, working in both her homecountries, Hungary and Romania. Her debut feature “Things Worth Weeping For” premiered at the Sarajevo International Film Festival's main competition and received several nominations for Best Film at film festivals. The film’s lead actress, Nóra Rainer-Micsinyei was awarded Best Actress at the Bosphorus International Film Festival in 2021. Her second feature, “Ordinary Failures”, was developed with Czech writer Klára Vlasákova. The film premiered at the Giornate degli Autori competitive section in September 2022, as part of the Venice Biennale where Cristina was awarded the  “Autrici under 40 - Valentina Pedicini award” for Best Director.

Q&A with director Anca Damian

Q&A with director Anca Damian

When

Nov. 14, 2022 at 10:00 AM - 14 Nov. 2022 at 11:00 AM

Where

online

What

Join us for a live discussion with The Island director Anca Damian. Register HERE.

Moderated by Ileana Marin, Ph.D.

Anca Damian studied at the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Bucharest where she majored in cinematography and later obtained a doctor’s degree in Arts, Cinema and Media. She worked as a director, screenwriter, and producer for several documentaries on art related
topics. She was director of photography of two long feature films and several shorts. Her second feature the animated documentary, “Crulic: The Path to Beyond” (2011, Cristal Award in Annecy), has been selected in more than 150 international festivals like Locarno IFF, Telluride, New Director new films, and received more than 35 international prizes. Her extensive filmography includes Crossing Dates (2008), A Very Unsettled Summer (2013), The Magic Mountain (2015), Moon Hotel Kabul (2018), and Marona′s Fantastic Tale (2019). Her films were distributed worldwide and she has been awarded with numerous international prizes, including Cristal for Best Feature Film Award at Annecy, Best Director Award at Warsaw, Mirada International Award at Madrid, and Audentia Award by Eurimages. The Island is her seventh feature.

Ileana Marin teaches interdisciplinary courses at the University of Washington in Seattle and at the Center of Excellence in Image Studies at the University of Bucharest. Her long-standing academic career on both sides of the ocean has given her the opportunity to establish contacts between Romanian and American scholars, artists, and institutions. She, thus, initiated the first UW Exploration Seminar to Romania, and to Eastern Europe, and opened the fund for Romanian Studies, hoping that Romanian language will be taught regularly in Seattle. With a BA in Romanian and a PhD. in Comparative Literature from the University of Bucharest (2000), and one in Textual Studies from the UW (2011), Ileana is a strong believer in the power of education and bilingualism. In ARCS, she advocates the expansion of the Romanian language programs in the US and for disseminating the most recent Romanian cultural achievements. On her agenda as president, Ileana Marin has two major tasks: board development and recruitment to ensure the successful implementation of ARCS mission through meaningful programs. 

 

Q&A with director Ștefan Constantinescu and actress Ofelia Popii

Q&A with director Ștefan Constantinescu and actress Ofelia Popii

When

Nov. 15, 2022 at 10:00 AM - 15 Nov. 2022 at 11:00 AM

Where

online

What

Join us for a live discussion with Man and Dog director Ștefan Constantinescu and actress Ofelia Popii. Register HERE.

Ştefan Constantinescu (1968, Bucharest) is a Romanian filmmaker and artist. He works in multiple mediums, including film, photography, artist books and painting. He has studied classical painting, film and video at the Bucharest Academy of Art and Film and at the Royal Art Academy in Stockholm. In 2009 he represented Romania at the Venice Biennale with the film Troleibuzul 92. In 2012 his short film Family Dinner screened in Semaine de la Critique in Cannes, and in 2013 his short film Six Big Fish premiered in the competition of the Locarno Film Festival. His feature length documentary My Beautiful Dacia (2009) went on to numerous international festivals (IDFA, Jihlava, Montreal, among others) and received the Jury Prize in Documenta Madrid. "Noah’s Ark – An Improbable Space Survival Kit" is a book he created alongside Corina Ilea.

Ofelia Popii is a prolific Romanian film and theater actress. She graduated from The Faculty of Theater of the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca in 2001. She holds a PhD in Theater and Performance Arts. In 2001, she played first role in the movie Grand Hotel Victoria. In 2015 she won the Gopo Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the film Quod erat demonstrandum by Andrei Gruzsniczki. In 2019 she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Moon Hotel Kabul by Anca Damian.

Q&A with director Andra Tarara

Q&A with director Andra Tarara

When

Nov. 17, 2022 at 12:00 PM - 17 Nov. 2022 at 01:00 PM

Where

online

What

Join us for a live discussion with Us Against Us director Andra Tarara. Register HERE.

Andra Tarara (b. 1994) is an artist working in cinema, video art, photography. She is a UNATC Bucharest graduate in Film (2016) and a master's degree graduate in Visual Anthropology from SNSPA Bucharest (2018).

Us Against Us (premiered at Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival 2020) is Tarara’s first feature film, a documentary made in collaboration with her father, which explores their relationship through an authentic dialogue about the illness that affected both their lives. It was selected in various Romanian and international film festivals, won Best Romanian Film Award at Astra Film Festival 2021, and it was also part of cultural initiatives that aim to fight against the stigmatization of mental illnesses.

Q&A with director Raluca Durbacă

Q&A with director Raluca Durbacă

When

Nov. 18, 2022 at 10:00 AM - 18 Nov. 2022 at 11:00 AM

Where

online

What

Join us for a live discussion with The Certainty of Probabilities director Raluca Durbacă. Register HERE.

Raluca Durbacă (b. 1983) is a Romanian director and film critic. She is a graduate of the National  Film and Theatre School in Bucharest (2015) with a degree in Film Studies and of the National  School for Communication and Public Relations (2006) with a degree in Political Communication.  She has been a contributing editor for well-known Romanian film magazine Film Menu from 2012  to 2016 and has published film studies essays in two editions of the collective volume The Politics  of Film in 2014 and 2018. She has has over 10 years experience in film production and development  and is an alumni of Talents Sarajevo 2014 and Torino FilmLab's 2012 AdaptLab programe. The  Certainty of Probabilities is her first feature documentary.


 

Blue Moon poster

Blue Moon by Alina Grigore

2021, Drama, 85 minutes

When

Nov. 18, 2022 at 07:30 PM - 18 Nov. 2022 at 09:00 PM

Where

Northwest Film Forum

Synopsis

The film follows a girl’s psychological journey to her dehumanizing process. While struggling to achieve higher education and escape the violence of her extended dysfunctional family, Irina metamorphoses from victim into abuser as a result of subtle violent contexts. An ambiguous sexual experience with an artist gives her the strength to fight the violent approach of the males in her family.

⚠️ Note to in-person attendees: NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Read full Covid policies here.

Q&A with director Cecília Felméri

Q&A with director Cecília Felméri

When

Nov. 19, 2022 at 09:00 AM - 19 Nov. 2022 at 10:00 AM

What

Join us for a live discussion with Spiral director Cecília Felméri. Register HERE.

Moderated by Monica Filimon.

Cecília Felméri (b.1978) graduated from the Sapientia University of Cluj-Napoca and then at the Bucharest I. L. Caragiale National Film Academy finished masterclass of filmmaking. She is currently the Assistant Professor at the Sapientia University Film-Photography-Media School in Cluj-Napoca. She is a one of the founding member and vice-president of the Hungarian Film Association of Transylvania.

Filmography as a Director:
2012 The Pill of Happiness – short fiction film, 12 min
2011 Infinite Minutes – short fiction film, 19 min
2010 Matthias, Matthias – animated documentary, 13 min
2008 Cuckoo - short fiction film, 17 min

Monica Filimon was awarded a PhD in Comparative Literature by Rutgers University. She is Associate Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY. She has published articles on French, German, and Romanian films. Her research focuses on the New Romanian Cinema, its sources, evolution, and major representatives. Her first book Cristi Puiu: Ineffable Experiences of the Profane World was published by the University of Illinois Press in February 2017. She is currently working on a second book tentatively titled Corneliu Porumboiu: Notes on the Absurd.

 

 

 

Q&A with directors Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan and Michaela Kirst

Q&A with directors Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan and Michaela Kirst

When

Nov. 19, 2022 at 11:00 AM - 19 Nov. 2022 at 12:00 PM

Where

online

What

Join us for a live discussion with Wood directors Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan and Michaela Kirst. Register HERE.

Moderator: Mona Nicoară

Michaela Kirst worked for many years as a journalist in New York and has headed the Berlin office of Sagafilm since 2011. She creates documentaries for TV and cinema as director and/or producer. Her films like DISGUSTINGLY HEALTHY, BROWN BABIES – GERMANY'S LOST CHILDREN or CRIME SCENE RAIN FOREST have won many awards. 

Filmography  

Darwin on Times Square / 2020 / 52’ 

Himmel über Peking / 2013 / 43’ 

Tatort Regenwald: Undercover gegen die Holzmafia / 2012 / 53‘ 

Jesus Loves You / 2011 / 80’ 

Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan was the delegate producer of Adina Pintilie's Golden Bear Winner Touch Me Not. With her newly established company Manifest Film, she produced Acasă, My Home, recipient of the Special Jury Award for cinematography in the World Cinema Documentary at Sundance 2020. She also directed A Mere Breath (2016), which won Best Documentary at LET'S CEE Film Fest and in Sarajevo. 

Filmography  

Free Dacians / 2018 / 61’ 

A Mere Breath / 2016 / 67’ 

My Vote / 2011 / 42’   

Q&A with directors Mihai Mincan and George Chiper-Lillemark

Q&A with directors Mihai Mincan and George Chiper-Lillemark

When

Nov. 20, 2022 at 09:00 AM - 20 Nov. 2022 at 10:00 AM

Where

online

What

Join us for a live discussion with The Man Who Would Be Free directors Mihai Mincan and George Chiper-Lillemark. Register HERE.

George Chiper-Lillemark is a director of photography and director living in Copenhagen. He has photographed numerous feature and short films, including Touch Me Not (2018) by Adina Pintilie. He also co-directed the short The Sandpit #186 (2009) with Adina Pintilie and The Man who would be free (2019) with Mihai Mincan. His short The Palm Lines (2009) was screened by Locarno and Rotterdam IFF. The drama Immaculate, which he co-directed with Monica Stan, was selected as Romania's entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 2023 Oscars.

Mihai Mincan is a Philosophy graduate from the University of Bucharest. Between 2004 and 2016 he worked as a journalist, editing many articles and investigative materials for the most important newspapers in Romania. In 2008 we wrote the script for the short film "The Palm Lines", which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival. Since then he wrote and directed the shorts The Comet (2017) and Idilă (2019) and the documentaries Bondoc (2015), Emigrant Blues (2019) and The Man who would be free (2019). In 2022 his feature film debut To the North had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in the Orizzonti section, and received the Bisato d'Oro prize for best film.

Q&A with director George Chiper-Lillemark and actress Ana Dumitrașcu

Q&A with director George Chiper-Lillemark and actress Ana Dumitrașcu

When

Nov. 20, 2022 at 11:00 AM - 20 Nov. 2022 at 12:00 PM

Where

online

What

Join us for a live discussion with Immaculate director George Chiper-Lillemark and actress Ana Dumitrașcu. Register HERE.

George Chiper-Lillemark is a director of photography and director living in Copenhagen. He has photographed numerous feature and short films, including Touch Me Not (2018) by Adina Pintilie. He also co-directed the short The Sandpit #186 (2009) with Adina Pintilie and The Man who would be free (2019) with Mihai Mincan. His short The Palm Lines (2009) was screened by Locarno and Rotterdam IFF. The drama Immaculate, which he co-directed with Monica Stan, was selected as Romania's entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 2023 Oscars.

Ana Dumitrașcu was born on December 5 1997 in Dragasani, Romania. She studied Acting at the National University of Theatre and Film "I.L.Caragiale" in Bucharest, Romania. Before graduating, she played her first leading part in Immaculate (2021), awarded the Lion of the Future Award for Best Debut at the 2021 Venice Film Festival. Ana Dumitrașcu's performance was praised in Cineuropa, ICSfilm along with several Romanian publications. Immaculate is Romania's Oscar entry for 2023, and it won the Lion of the Future Award for Best Debut at the Venice Film Festival in 2021, GdA Directors' Award in Giornate degli Autori Section, and the FIPRESCI award at TIFF Romania and a few other prizes and nominations. Ana is also a member of the Berlinale Talents community as she participated in Sarajevo Talents Program this year, in the Acting Studio Section. She is also known for several theatre shows and several short films including the musical Crezi ca-i grav (2019), the queer drama Our home (2021), and the upcoming experimental,,Arcane/Anarhe’’. She started her career as a producer in 2021 by enrolling in the MA Program for film production at the same university, and she started producing several short films including Alin Duruian’s ,,Payday” and a feature, the upcoming ,,Loyal Customers’’ directed by Bogdan Balla. She is also a writer for the film publication ,,Film Menu’’ where she constantly challenges her vision upon cinema.

A Higher Law poster

A Higher Law by Octav Chelaru

2021, Drama, 125 minutes

When

Nov. 20, 2022 at 05:00 PM - 20 Nov. 2022 at 07:05 PM

Where

Northwest Film Forum

Synopsis

Ecaterina, a high school Religion teacher and wife of the town priest, gets involved with Iuliu, a 16-year-old student with a troubled past. Ecaterina tries to keep him under control, but she loses her own control in the process. As Ecaterina faces a genuine crisis of faith, Iuliu’s infatuation turns increasingly dangerous when he takes his sins to the priest, her husband.

 

⚠️ Note to in-person attendees: NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Read full Covid policies here.

Q&A with director Alina Grigore and actress Ioana Chițu

Q&A with director Alina Grigore and actress Ioana Chițu

When

Nov. 21, 2022 at 12:00 PM - 21 Nov. 2022 at 01:00 PM

Where

online

What

Join us for a live discussion with Blue Moon director Alina Grigore and actress Ioana Chițu. Register HERE.

Moderator: Luiza Pârvu

Alina Grigore has a bachelor degree at UNATC - Bucharest, Acting/Directing department, Adrian Titieni’s class. She is now a PhD student at the same university and an assistant researcher at CINETIC “International Research and Education Center for Innovative and Creative Technologies” in Bucharest.
While preparing the release of Blue Moon and its festival track for 2021, she is producing her second feature “Some Irrelevant Stories about Moms” (working title) having attached the Oscar winning actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Frozen River, 21 Grams, Prisoners) to star in it.

Alumni Berlinale Talents 2018

Best Actress, Subtitle Film Festival, Ireland 2016 for Illegitimate

Best Script, Subtitle Film Festival, Ireland 2016 for Illegitimate

Best Actress Europe, Autour De L’Europe Film Festival, France 2016 for Illegitimate

 

Ioana Chițu (b. 1991) is a Romanian film and theater actress. She graduated from National University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography in 2013.In 2012, she plays first role in the movie Rebelion .Other notable roles in films : Closer to the Moon (2014), Berliner and Zavera (2019). Play on the stage of the theater ''Odeon'' in Bucuresti.

 

Q&A with actress Mara Bugarin and director Alexandru Belc

Q&A with actress Mara Bugarin and director Alexandru Belc

When

Nov. 22, 2022 at 10:00 AM - 22 Nov. 2022 at 11:00 AM

Where

online

What

Join us for a live discussion with Metronom actress Mara Bugarin. Moderated by film critic Robert Horton. Register here.

Alexandru Belc was born in 1980 in Romania. He graduated from the Bucharest Film School in 2007 and obtained a master’s degree in political sciences in 2012. During his studies, he made several short films and documentaries. He then worked as an Assistant Director for Corneliu Porumboiu and Cristian Mungiu. He worked as script supervisor on Cristian Mungiu’s 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 1 DAY (Palme d’Or in 2007). His first feature documentary, MARCH 8th, about women in the workplace, screened in numerous international festivals in 2013. His second feature documentary, CINEMA MY LOVE, a portrait of a Romanian art-house exhibitor, was distributed by Outplay Films in France and released in theaters in May 2017. METRONOM, his first fiction film, won the Directing Prize at Un Certain Regard at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

Mara Bugarin (b.2000) graduated from Nikolaus Lenau High School in Timisoara, Romania. In 2019 she participated at Ideo Ideis, a theater festival. She’s a student at the National University of Theatre and Film I.L. Caragiale. She collaborated with the theater troupe NIL.

Robert Horton is the film critic for Seattle Weekly and the Everett Herald, and a longtime contributor to Film Comment. He curated the Magic Lantern film-discussion program at the Frye Art Museum for ten years, teaches film at Seattle University, and is a guest speaker for Smithsonian Journeys. His books include Frankenstein (Columbia University Press) and Billy Wilder: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi) as well as the zombie-Western graphic novel Rotten (Moonstone Books), and he blogs on movies at The Crop Duster (roberthorton.wordpress.com). He is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. In 2012 he curated the Museum of History & Industry's "Celluloid Seattle: A City at the Movies" exhibit.

 

Q&A with directors Roman Bondarchuk and Andrei Dăscalescu

Q&A with directors Roman Bondarchuk and Andrei Dăscalescu

When

Nov. 23, 2022 at 10:00 AM - 23 Nov. 2022 at 11:00 AM

Where

online

What

Join us for a live discussion with directors Roman Bondarchuk (Ukrainian Sheriffs) and Andrei Dăscălescu. Register HERE.

Moderated by Kateryna Ruban.

Roman Bondarchuk graduated from the Kyiv state University of Theatre, Cinema and TV. His teacher was Yuriy Illenko – one of the founders of Ukrainian Poetic Cinema school. Roman has created a number of short films, documentaries and music videos. He's an author of the book of novels, photography and contemporary art exhibitions. He's also been an award-winner at national and international film festivals. Roman works as art director and member of Selection Committee of International Human Rights documentary film festival Doucdays UA. As a documentary director he collaborated with MDR, ZDF, Arte and other TV channels. Among his famous films "The taxi-driver", "Radunytsia", "Cafe "Voyage", "Euromaidan. Rough cut". "Ukrainian Sheriffs" is his first feature-length documentary.

Andrei Dăscălescu is an established Romanian documentary film director, cinematographer and editor. His first two feature documentaries, Planet Petrila (2016) and Constantin and Elena (2008) have won prestigious awards (including awards at IDFA and Sarajevo Film Festival), have been selected in major international film festivals across the world (IDFA, San Francisco, Vancouver, Krakow, DocLisboa, Docaviv, Sarajevo, Montpellier etc.). Andrei was nominated 4 times and won "Best Documentary Award" in 2018 at the Gopo Awards (the Romanian equivalent to Academy Awards) with his documentary, Planet Petrila. His third documentary, Holy Father (2020) premiered at the Sarajevo Film Festival, where it won the Jury Award. It also won the Audience Award at Astra Film Festival (Sibiu, Romania), the Best Director Award at Qara Film Festival (Almaty, Kazakhstan) and has been screened at festival such as Black Nights Tallinn, Magnificent 7 Belgrade, Go East Wiesbaden, Trieste Film Festival, Zagreb Dox and others). He is the founder and owner of FilmLab production company since 2007.

Kateryna Ruban is a Ukrainian historian. In September 2022 she received a PhD from New York University. In her dissertation, Dr. Ruban explores the role of abortion in Soviet life. Earlier, she earned masters degrees in Central European University in Hungary and in Kyiv Mohyla Academy in Ukraine. Before coming to the US, Kateryna was a part of the Visual Culture Research Center in Kyiv. Starting from December 2022, Dr. Ruban will be a Junior Visiting Fellow at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the George Washington University and will focus on turning her dissertation into a book. She will also continue her research on how Russian academia presents the war in Ukraine and its role in this war for the Western audience.

 

 

Guests

Cristina Groșan

Cristina Grosan is a Hungarian-Romanian filmmaker and visual artist working on fiction films screened at festivals worldwide. Her award-winning short “Holiday at the Seaside” exploring a mother-daughter relationship screened at more than 40 festivals.

Cristina is keen on connecting to the places she’s lived in, working in both her homecountries, Hungary and Romania. Her debut feature “Things Worth Weeping For” premiered at the Sarajevo International Film Festival's main competition and received several nominations for Best Film at film festivals. The film’s lead actress, Nóra Rainer-Micsinyei was awarded Best Actress at the Bosphorus International Film Festival in 2021. Her second feature, “Ordinary Failures”, was developed with Czech writer Klára Vlasákova. The film premiered at the Giornate degli Autori competitive section in September 2022, as part of the Venice Biennale where Cristina was awarded the  “Autrici under 40 - Valentina Pedicini award” for Best Director.

 

Ofelia Popii

Ofelia Popii is a prolific Romanian film and theater actress. She graduated from The Faculty of Theater of the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca in 2001. She holds a PhD in Theater and Performance Arts. In 2001, she played first role in the movie Grand Hotel Victoria. In 2015 she won the Gopo Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the film Quod erat demonstrandum by Andrei Gruzsniczki. In 2019 she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Moon Hotel Kabul by Anca Damian.

 

 

 

Ștefan Constantinescu

Ştefan Constantinescu (1968, Bucharest) is a Romanian filmmaker and artist. He works in multiple mediums, including film, photography, artist books and painting. He has studied classical painting, film and video at the Bucharest Academy of Art and Film and at the Royal Art Academy in Stockholm. In 2009 he represented Romania at the Venice Biennale with the film Troleibuzul 92. In 2012 his short film Family Dinner screened in Semaine de la Critique in Cannes, and in 2013 his short film Six Big Fish premiered in the competition of the Locarno Film Festival. His feature length documentary My Beautiful Dacia (2009) went on to numerous international festivals (IDFA, Jihlava, Montreal, among others) and received the Jury Prize in Documenta Madrid. "Noah’s Ark – An Improbable Space Survival Kit" is a book he created alongside Corina Ilea.

Credits: Sabina Costinel

Raluca Durbacă

Raluca Durbacă (b. 1983) is a Romanian director and film critic. She is a graduate of the National  Film and Theatre School in Bucharest (2015) with a degree in Film Studies and of the National  School for Communication and Public Relations (2006) with a degree in Political Communication.  She has been a contributing editor for well-known Romanian film magazine Film Menu from 2012  to 2016 and has published film studies essays in two editions of the collective volume The Politics  of Film in 2014 and 2018. She has has over 10 years experience in film production and development  and is an alumni of Talents Sarajevo 2014 and Torino FilmLab's 2012 AdaptLab programe. The  Certainty of Probabilities is her first feature documentary.


 

Andra Tarara

Andra Tarara (b.1994) is an artist working in cinema, video art, photography. She is a UNATC Bucharest graduate in Film (2016) and a master's degree graduate in Visual Anthropology from SNSPA Bucharest (2018).

Us Against Us (premiered at Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival 2020) is Tarara’s first feature film, a documentary made in collaboration with her father, which explores their relationship through an authentic dialogue about the illness that affected both their lives. It was selected in various Romanian and international film festivals, won Best Romanian Film Award at Astra Film Festival 2021, and it was also part of cultural initiatives that aim to fight against the stigmatization of mental illnesses.

Roman Bondarchuk

Roman Bondarchuk graduated from the Kyiv state University of Theatre, Cinema and TV. His teacher was Yuriy Illenko – one of the founders of Ukrainian Poetic Cinema school. Roman has created a number of short films, documentaries and music videos. He's an author of the book of novels, photography and contemporary art exhibitions. He's also been an award-winner at national and international film festivals. Roman works as art director and member of Selection Committee of International Human Rights documentary film festival Doucdays UA. As a documentary director he collaborated with MDR, ZDF, Arte and other TV channels. Among his famous films "The taxi-driver", "Radunytsia", "Cafe "Voyage", "Euromaidan. Rough cut". "Ukrainian Sheriffs" is his first feature-length documentary.


 

Andrei Dăscălescu

Andrei Dăscălescu is an established Romanian documentary film director, cinematographer and editor. His first two feature documentaries, Planet Petrila (2016) and Constantin and Elena (2008) have won prestigious awards (including awards at IDFA and Sarajevo Film Festival), have been selected in major international film festivals across the world (IDFA, San Francisco, Vancouver, Krakow, DocLisboa, Docaviv, Sarajevo, Montpellier etc.). Andrei was nominated 4 times and won "Best Documentary Award" in 2018 at the Gopo Awards (the Romanian equivalent to Academy Awards) with his documentary, Planet Petrila. His third documentary, Holy Father (2020) premiered at the Sarajevo Film Festival, where it won the Jury Award. It also won the Audience Award at Astra Film Festival (Sibiu, Romania), the Best Director Award at Qara Film Festival (Almaty, Kazakhstan) and has been screened at festival such as Black Nights Tallinn, Magnificent 7 Belgrade, Go East Wiesbaden, Trieste Film Festival, Zagreb Dox and others). He is the founder and owner of FilmLab production company since 2007.

Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan

Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan was the delegate producer of Adina Pintilie's Golden Bear Winner Touch Me Not. With her newly established company Manifest Film, she produced Acasă, My Home, recipient of the Special Jury Award for cinematography in the World Cinema Documentary at Sundance 2020. She also directed A  Mere Breath (2016), which won Best Documentary at LET'S CEE Film Fest and in Sarajevo. 

Filmography   

Free Dacians / 2018 / 61’ 

A Mere Breath / 2016 / 67’ 

My Vote / 2011 / 42’   


 

Mihai Mincan

Mihai Mincan is a Philosophy graduate from the University of Bucharest. Between 2004 and 2016 he worked as a journalist, editing many articles and investigative materials for the most important newspapers in Romania. In 2008 we wrote the script for the short film "The Palm Lines", which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival. Since then he wrote and directed the shorts The Comet (2017) and Idilă (2019) and the documentaries Bondoc (2015), Emigrant Blues (2019) and The Man who would be free (2019). In 2022 his feature film debut To the North had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in the Orizzonti section, and received the Bisato d'Oro prize for best film.

 

George Chiper-Lillemark

George Chiper-Lillemark is a director of photography and director living in Copenhagen. He has photographed numerous feature and short films, including Touch Me Not (2018) by Adina Pintilie. He also co-directed the short The Sandpit #186 (2009) with Adina Pintilie and The Man who would be free (2019) with Mihai Mincan. His short The Palm Lines (2009) was screened by Locarno and Rotterdam IFF. The drama Immaculate, which he co-directed with Monica Stan, was selected as Romania's entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 2023 Oscars.

Michaela Kirst

Michaela Kirst worked for many years as a journalist in New York and has headed the Berlin office of Sagafilm since 2011. She creates documentaries for TV and cinema as director and/or producer. Her films like DISGUSTINGLY HEALTHY, BROWN BABIES – GERMANY'S LOST CHILDREN or CRIME SCENE RAIN FOREST have won many awards. 

Filmography  

Darwin on Times Square / 2020 / 52’ 

Himmel über Peking / 2013 / 43’ 

Tatort Regenwald: Undercover gegen die Holzmafia / 2012 / 53‘ 

Jesus Loves You / 2011 / 80’ 


 

Credits: Edin Velez

Mona Nicoară

Mona Nicoară is a filmmaker, curator, writer, and educator. She started working in film in 1997 as an Associate Producer for Children Underground, which received the Special Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary. Her directorial debut, Our School, premiered in the US at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, went on to over 70 festivals worldwide, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best US Feature at AFI SilverDocs. Her latest film, The Distance between Me and Me, received the audience award at Films de Cannes à Bucarest, screened at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Trieste, and is currently distributed in cinemas in Romania. Nicoară also works as a festival programmer, and has been teaching film, writing, and literature at Columbia University, the Cooper Union, New York University, and Rutgers. Her writings have been published in The Guardian, Decât o revistă, Dilema, and Scena 9, among others. 

www.monanicoara.com

 

Alina Grigore

Alina Grigore has a bachelor degree at UNATC - Bucharest, Acting/Directing department, Adrian Titieni’s class. She is now a PhD student at the same university and an assistant researcher at CINETIC “International Research and Education Center for Innovative and Creative Technologies” in Bucharest.
While preparing the release of Blue Moon and its festival track for 2021, she is producing her second feature “Some Irrelevant Stories about Moms” (working title) having attached the Oscar winning actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Frozen River, 21 Grams, Prisoners) to star in it.

Alumni Berlinale Talents 2018

Best Actress, Subtitle Film Festival, Ireland 2016 for Illegitimate

Best Script, Subtitle Film Festival, Ireland 2016 for Illegitimate

Best Actress Europe, Autour De L’Europe Film Festival, France 2016 for Illegitimate


 

Mariangela Mihai

Mariangela Mihai is a Romanian anthropologist and filmmaker whose work builds on decolonial, feminist, and sensory ethnographic methods to understand Indigenous resistance on the India-Bangladesh-Myanmar-China borderlands. Her research, filmmaking, and pedagogy, explore the challenges and promises collaborative mediamaking, poetry, autoethnography, and feminist filmmaking offer to epistemic and social justice. She is co-founder of Ethnocine, a feminist ethnographic filmmaking collective committed to an intersectional, decolonial, feminist lens that pushes the boundaries of non-fiction cinema. With Ethnocine, Mariangela co-produces Bad Feminists Making Films, a podcast featuring feminist filmmakers from around the world; and hosts academic panels, workshops, Webinars, and film symposia for students, faculty, artists and activists interested in using filmmaking for research and social justice. Her films have screened at international film festivals, universities, museums, and other public and art institutions in Athens, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Paris, New York, Yangon, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and San Jose. Select films include Nobel Nok Dah (2015), an intimate view into the lives of three refugee women from Burma, whose migratory paths cross in Thailand and eventually meet as they resettle in New York; and For My Art (2016), a two-channel video installation exploring the sensorial landscape of transition-era Burma through the figures three generations of women performance artists, and I Am A Whi­­sper, My Dear (2021), an experimental documentary exploring Indigenous LGBTQ activism on the South/Southeast Asia borderlands. Mariangela holds a BA in Anthropology from Emory University, as well as a Master and PhD in Anthropology from Cornell University. Currently, she serves as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Media and Film Studies in the Culture and Politics Program at Georgetown University, where she teaches courses in Transnational Queer Mediamaking and Transborder Feminist and Indigenous Resistance. 

 

Monica Filimon

Monica Filimon was awarded a PhD in Comparative Literature by Rutgers University. She is Associate Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY. She has published articles on French, German, and Romanian films. Her research focuses on the New Romanian Cinema, its sources, evolution, and major representatives. Her first book Cristi Puiu: Ineffable Experiences of the Profane World was published by the University of Illinois Press in February 2017. She is currently working on a second book tentatively titled Corneliu Porumboiu: Notes on the Absurd.

Robert Horton

Robert Horton is the film critic for Seattle Weekly and the Everett Herald, and a longtime contributor to Film Comment. He curated the Magic Lantern film-discussion program at the Frye Art Museum for ten years, teaches film at Seattle University, and is a guest speaker for Smithsonian Journeys. His books include Frankenstein (Columbia University Press) and Billy Wilder: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi) as well as the zombie-Western graphic novel Rotten (Moonstone Books), and he blogs on movies at The Crop Duster (roberthorton.wordpress.com). He is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. In 2012 he curated the Museum of History & Industry's "Celluloid Seattle: A City at the Movies" exhibit.

Cecília Felméri

Cecília Felméri (b.1978) graduated from the Sapientia University of Cluj-Napoca and then at the Bucharest I. L. Caragiale National Film Academy finished masterclass of filmmaking. She is currently the Assistant Professor at the Sapientia University Film-Photography-Media School in Cluj-Napoca. She is a one of the founding member and vice-president of the Hungarian Film Association of Transylvania.

Filmography as a Director:
2012 The Pill of Happiness – short fiction film, 12 min
2011 Infinite Minutes – short fiction film, 19 min
2010 Matthias, Matthias – animated documentary, 13 min
2008 Cuckoo - short fiction film, 17 min

Alina Haliliuc

Alina Haliliuc is Associate Professor of Communication at Denison University, where she teaches in the areas of public persuasion, rhetorical criticism, and cultural studies. Her scholarship examines how public language is implicated in subject-formation under conditions of socio-political change, such as post-communist Romania. She analyzes cultural texts ranging from public debates to museums and memorials, film, and popular music. Her work can be found in Text and Performance Quarterly; The Journal of Popular CultureCommunication, Culture & Critique; Film CriticismMedia and Culture Journal; Review of Communication; Gender Forum, as well as anthologies in rhetorical and cultural studies.  

Luiza Pârvu

Luiza Pârvu is a filmmaker and educator based in Tempe, AZ. She is a member of the European Film Academy. She holds an MFA in Film Production from New York University - Tisch School of The Arts, New York, USA. She is an experienced media maker with professional working knowledge of all areas of production and post-production. Her directing and editing work covers a variety of genres, in both fiction and creative non-fiction: documentary, multimedia installation, and immersive media.

Her debut feature documentary, Ubi Bene Ibi Patria, is currently in post-production. Shot across Europe and the US, the film explores the theme of immigration and issues of ethnicity, gender and class in the form of an urgent and personal movie diary. 

The award winning films she has directed or edited so far have been recognized in over 150 film festivals and events worldwide such as Karlovy Vary IFF, Sundance FF, BFI London, Busan IFF, Transilvania IFF, Tribeca FF or Abu Dhabi IFF. In 2012, she was a nominee in the Rising Star category at the GOPO Romanian Film Industry Awards for directing her short film Draft 7.  

Fabrizio Cilento

Fabrizio Cilento is Professor of Film & Digital Media in Central PA. He is the author of An Investigative Cinema: Politics and Modernization in Italian, French, and American Film (Palgrave Macmillan), which explores the intersection between politics, recent history, and the aesthetics of moving images. His articles appeared on numerous peer reviewed journals, anthologies, and edited volumes. Dr. Cilento is the Chair of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Translation/Publication Committee; Chair of the Film Studies Area of the Popular Culture Association; and is currently serving on the Advisory Board of Film Matters (Intellect).

Ana Dumitrașcu

Ana Dumitrașcu was born on December 5 1997 in Dragasani, Romania. She studied Acting at the National University of Theatre and Film "I.L.Caragiale" in Bucharest, Romania. Before graduating, she played her first leading part in Immaculate (2021), awarded the Lion of the Future Award for Best Debut at the 2021 Venice Film Festival. Ana Dumitrașcu's performance was praised in Cineuropa, ICSfilm along with several Romanian publications. Immaculate is Romania's Oscar entry for 2023, and it won the Lion of the Future Award for Best Debut at the Venice Film Festival in 2021, GdA Directors' Award in Giornate degli Autori Section, and the FIPRESCI award at TIFF Romania and a few other prizes and nominations. Ana is also a member of the Berlinale Talents community as she participated in Sarajevo Talents Program this year, in the Acting Studio Section. She is also known for several theatre shows and several short films including the musical "Crezi că-i grav" (2019), the queer drama "Our home" (2021), and the upcoming experimental,,Arcane/Anarhe’’. She started her career as a producer in 2021 by enrolling in the MA Program for film production at the same university, and she started producing several short films including Alin Duruian’s ,,Payday” and a feature, the upcoming ,,Loyal Customers’’ directed by Bogdan Balla. She is also a writer for the film publication ,,Film Menu’’ where she constantly challenges her vision upon cinema.

Kateryna Ruban

Kateryna Ruban is a Ukrainian historian. In September 2022 she received a PhD from New York University. In her dissertation, Dr. Ruban explores the role of abortion in Soviet life. Earlier, she earned masters degrees in Central European University in Hungary and in Kyiv Mohyla Academy in Ukraine. Before coming to the US, Kateryna was a part of the Visual Culture Research Center in Kyiv. Starting from December 2022, Dr. Ruban will be a Junior Visiting Fellow at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the George Washington University and will focus on turning her dissertation into a book. She will also continue her research on how Russian academia presents the war in Ukraine and its role in this war for the Western audience.

 

Dr. Letiția Guran

Dr. Letiția Guran is a comparatist interested in global and transatlantic studies with a focus on African American and Eastern European literatures, Cold War and post-Cold War studies in transnational perspective. She has published monographs about the aesthetic dimension of Romanian American critical thought (Crossing the Iron Curtain) and about the African American Post-Soul generation of writers (Reconsidering Contemporary African American Identity. Experiments by Post-Soul Artists).

Over the year Dr. Guran has also lectured on and published essays about Susan-Lori Parks, Langston Hughes, Colson Whitehead, and others. Her interest in the relationship between post-communism and post-colonialism materialised in studies about “Aesthetics as Modus Vivendi in East Central Europe,” strategies for becoming relevant on the transatlantic cultural market, about Romanian Literature under Stalinism, Romanian New Wave of filmmakers, and other topics.

Dr. Guran is teaching Romanian at University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill. During 2022-2023 academic year she in engaged in finishing a digitally annotated edition of Langston Hughes’s 1934 book, A Negro Looks at Soviet Central Asia with support from a NEH grant.

Ileana Marin, Ph.D.

Ileana Marin teaches interdisciplinary courses at the University of Washington in Seattle and at the Center of Excellence in Image Studies at the University of Bucharest. Her long-standing academic career on both sides of the ocean has given her the opportunity to establish contacts between Romanian and American scholars, artists, and institutions. She, thus, initiated the first UW Exploration Seminar to Romania, and to Eastern Europe, and opened the fund for Romanian Studies, hoping that Romanian language will be taught regularly in Seattle. With a BA in Romanian and a PhD. in Comparative Literature from the University of Bucharest (2000), and one in Textual Studies from the UW (2011), Ileana is a strong believer in the power of education and bilingualism. In ARCS, she advocates the expansion of the Romanian language programs in the US and for disseminating the most recent Romanian cultural achievements. On her agenda as president, Ileana Marin has two major tasks: board development and recruitment to ensure the successful implementation of ARCS mission through meaningful programs. 

Credits: Annette Hornischer

Ioana Uricaru

Ioana is a filmmaker, film scholar and college professor.

Her work as a director and writer/director has been included in the Official Selections at the Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca and AFI film festivals. She was awarded several Best Film awards at festivals, the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Directing and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Her portfolio includes Tales from the Golden Age (2009) and Lemonade (2018)

Ioana’s scholarly essays have been published in anthologies and peer-reviewed journals. She is a Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin, the American Academy in Rome , and a Guggenheim Fellow.

Libby Langsner

Libby Langsner is currently a real estate agent with Tungsten Property, a boutique real estate firm based in NYC and California that specializes in portfolio management and working with creative companies and brands. Libby was formerly the Jewish Heritage Fellow at the World Monuments Fund where she specialized in Jewish heritage preservation. She has presented her fellowship work at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Libby completed a Master’s degree at the Courtauld Institute of London in 2020. She specialized in Eastern European and Latin American countercultural art and wrote her dissertation on contemporary Eastern European Holocaust film. She received her undergraduate degree in Art History from Tufts University in 2019. Libby is a first-generation American with a Romanian-Jewish background. 

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Ionut Gusu

Festival supporter · $100 and more

Ligia Cicos
Smaranda Lieuallen
Cristian and Ana Maria Ilac
Alexandra Dorca - In memory of Alexandru Dorca
Monica Boris
Elena and Adrian Fanaru
Elizabeta and Adrian Iliescu
The Schowengerdt-Kuzmany family
Liliana and Dragos Sambotin
Helene Kaplan
Ionela Popescu
Nora Chiran
Edward C. Blau
Steve Kaye
Tomasz Bialon
Nadia and Willy Schmieder
Katalin Molnar
Oana Zayic
Gina Popa

Festival friend · $50 and more

Carmen and Bogdan Rautu
Michele Anciaux Aoki
Claudia and Daniel Pravat
Anca and Catalin Zaharia
Tudor and Adina Trufinescu
Monica Ene-Pietrosanu
Georgiana Lucache
George Roth
Magda Nica
Andrew Heffron
Cristian Petculescu
Oana Stepan

Special thanks · $25 and more

Gigel Avram
Daniela Ivanova-Nyberg
Cristina Amaral
Mihai Lehene
Adriana Cordali
Tatiana Chihai
Marina Shadeck

Many thanks · $10 and more

Marius Ra
Sriram Krishnaswamy
Luciana Lallaizon