Six films made by directors from Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine have been selected in the competition of the fifth edition of Ceau, Cinema! Festival, which will take place during July 19th-22nd in Timişoara and Gottlob.
Five of the six films competing for the Ceau, Cinema! Award „Răzvan Georgescu” and for the Audience Award, offered by Casa Auto Timişoara, will have their premiere in Romania. Two of them are made by young female directors.
Selected in 2017 for the Cannes Festival Un Certain Regard section, „Out” is the debut film of the Slovak director György Kristóf. „Out” follows the trip through Eastern Europe of a man in his fifties, who is in search of a job, but who finnaly gets involved in several strange incidents.
„3/4” is the fiction feature debut of the Bulgarian director Ilian Metev, who won the Golden Leopard award for Cineasti del presente at Locarno 2017 and the great prize of the international competition at Sofia Festival 2018. The film portrays a family – a father and two teenage sons – during their last summer together.
Debut of the Ukrainian director Marina Stepanska, „Falling” is a fragile love story between a boy and a girl in the contemporary post-revolutionary Ukraine. The film had its world release the last year in the competition East of the West of the Karlovy Vary Festival, also being selected in the competition section of the Festival of Stockholm and Premiers Plans d’Angers.
Selected, in 2017, for the Festival of Vennice and for the competition of Premiers Plans d’Angers, „Manuel” is the debut feature film of the Italian director Dario Albertini, author of several documentaries. „Manuel” is the portrait of an 18 years old young man who leaves the foster home and has to face the beginning of a new life, in liberty.
The fourth film of the Croatian director Nevio Marasović, „Comic Sans” focuses on a young and sucessful graphic designer, who finds himself in the situation to review his entire life after being left by his girlfriend and meeting his father after a long time. This year, „Comic Sans” won the critics award for best film in the region in the competition of the International Film Festival FEST from Belgrade.
„Nina” is the debut of the young Polish female director Olga Chajdas, which had its world release during this year’s Festival of Rotterdam and which has recently been selected for Karlovy Vary. The film follows a couple who decides to call on a surrogate mother, but things get complicated when the wife falls in love with the young woman chosen to bear her child.
The jury made up of actress Alina Grigore, the film critic Ileana Bîrsan and the director Florin Iepan will assign the winner of the Ceau, Cinema! Award „Răzvan Georgescu”, in amount of €1.500, for the best film in competition.
The audience will choose the Audience Award, amounting €500 and offered by Casa Auto Timişoara. After voting, the viewers of the films in competition can win, by random, a bicycle offered by Pegas. The titles in competition are also eligible for the Vitas Romania Trophy for independent or debut or second film, amounting €1.000.
Ceau, Cinema! Competition was designed to provide a setting for the cinematographic expression of the filmmakers whose countries have been locally represented by minorities (Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Poland, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ucraine, Hungary). The Competition curator is the film critic Ionuț Mareș.
The pre-sale passes for the fifth edition of the festival can be bought from Cărtureşti bookstore – Mercy from Timişoara.
Ceau, Cinema! is dedicated to the European cinema and is organized by the Association Marele Ecran and the Association Pelicula Culturală.
The project is possible with the support of the Romanian Film Centre and the Timiș County Council.
The event is entirely made by volunteers, with the support of: TNT Romania, Vitas Romania, Groupama Asigurări, Casa Auto Timişoara, Pegas Bicycle, the French Institute of Timişoara, Hotel Timişoara, Hotel Costel, Ursus Retro, iaBilet.ro, the „Csiky Gergely” Hungarian State Theatre from Timișoara, the National Theater „Mihai Eminescu” from Timișoara, the Direction for Culture Timiş, „Banatul” Philharmonic, Auăleu Theatre, Dcumentor, the Polish Institute from Bucharest, AMBASADA, MISC, Cuib D’arte, “La două bufniţe” library, Gottlob City Hall.
Media partners: Kiss FM, All about Romanian Cinema (AaRC), Radio Timişoara, Zile și Nopți, Ziarul Metropolis.