On the third edition of Ceau, Cinema! we bring a particular „trilogy”. More exactly, three special films relevant for the Romanian New Cinema, that we’ve always supported.
It’s 15 years now since Cristi Puiu’s debut, Stuff and Dough, had been presented, successfully to foreign critics, in the section Quinzaine des Réalisateurs of Cannes Festival and, shortly after, launched in Romanian cinemas, to the surprise of some critics and of a good part of the audience. In just a few years, Stuff and Dough – a painfully bred project, due to production drawbacks – proved to have been the non-official beginning of the New Wave. Ceau, Cinema! pays tribute to this cult road movie, which will be screened in the presence of actor Alexandru Papadopol, member of the competition jury.
Released in 2011, the independent medium-length film A Film for Friends (60 min.) is, probably, the less known film of Radu Jude. An experimental film on the absurdity that people can sometimes embrace: a man is recording his will, which is finally turning into a settlement of old scores.
Before winning the great prizes at Cannes, Cristian Mungiu would start, in 2002, with Occident, one of the best Romanian comedies. The perpetual dream of many Romanians – to go and live abroad – is being bitterly-sweet missed. A film full of ingenuity.
STUFF AND DOUGH, 2001
Direction: Cristi Puiu
Script: Cristi Puiu, Răzvan Rădulescu
Cast: Alexandru Papadopol, Dragoș Bucur, Ioana Flora
Screening: Saturday, July 16th, 10 p.m., Casa Artelor – the Chestnut Patio; Q&A with Alexandru Papadopol
A FILM FOR FRIENDS, 2011
Script and direction: Radu Jude
Cast: Gabriel Spahiu, Șerban Pavlu
Screening: Friday, July 15th, 10 p.m., Rhetoric
Script and direction: Cristian Mungiu
Cast: Alexandru Papadopol, Tania Popa, Dorel Vișan, Tora Vasilescu
Screening: Sunday, July 17th, 6 p.m., Cinema Gottlob