Six successful films, in competition at Ceau, Cinema! Festival

Six popular films, made by young directors from the Republic of Moldova, Russia, Slovenia, Turkey and Hungary, have been selected in the international competition of Ceau, Cinema! Festival, which will take place during July 18th – 21st in Timişoara and Gottlob.

Winner of a special mention within the main competition of Karlovy Vary, where it had its world premiere, and selected in many other festivals, ”Jumpman” (2018) is the third feature film of the Russian director Ivan I. Tverdovsky. The film is focused on a special teen aged 16, who is taken out, by his mother, from the orphanage in which he had been abandoned at birth, with the only purpose of him being used by a gang of outlaws who extort money from rich people, based on his ability of not feeling pain.

Mother of three, Anna is in a constant rush. Moreover, she suspects her husband of cheating her. All these problems might distroy her. Will she be able to save what is fragile and unique in her life? This is the story of ”One day” (2018), the debut film of the female director Zsófia Szilágyi from Hungary, which won, last year, the FIPRESCI Award in the section ”Critics Week” at Cannes and was nominated for the ”European Discovery of the Year” at the European Film Academy Awards.

Screened in premiere in Romania, ”Dead Horse Nebula” (2018), of the Turk director Tarık Aktaş, received the Award for the best young director in the competition „Cineasti del presente” at Locarno and the Award for debut at Istanbul. Step by step, the young Hay goes down on an imminent spiritual journey during which he faces the relation between man and nature, the unity of matter and existence.

”Consequences” (2018) focuses on a 17 years old teenager who is sent by his family into a detention center for young people, duet o his troublesome behaviour and where he has to face the informal chief of the convicts, who makes use of him after finding his deepest secret. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto Festival and will also be screened for the first time in Romania at Ceau, Cinema!

Made in the Republic of Moldova and nominated at the Nika Awards of the Russian Film Academy, ”Beautiful Corruption” (2018) is the debut feature film of the young director Eugen Damaschin. The film is a mixture of stories based on real facts and focused on one main character. In his search for justice, a young man from the Republic of Moldova turns to methods which are not really legal. What is the price that he must pay in order to get what he wants?

At 33, Tamás’s life turns upside down when his girlfriend dumps him, right in Paris, where she is having a scholarship. Feeling sorry for himself, Tamás begins to search into his own past for the answer to the question whether one can really live true love only after actually losing it. This is the premises of ”Bad Poems” (2018), the second feature film of the Hungarian director Gábor Reisz, awarded at Torino and this year selected the best film at the Hungarian Film Awards. ”Bad Poems” will be screened at Ceau, Cinema! with the support of Balassi Institute – the Hungarian Cultural Institute from Bucharest.

The jury made up of the actor Vlad Ivanov and actresses Maria Drăguş and Mălina Manovici will assign the winner of the Ceau, Cinema! „Răzvan Georgescu” Trophy, amounting € 1.000 and granted by Vitas Romania. The audience will choose the Audience Award, amounting € 500, offered by Conceptual Lab by Theo Nissim.

The Ceau, Cinema! Competition section provides a setting for the cinematographic expression of film makers from countries which have been represented by minorities in the Banat region (Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Poland, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, Hungary). The competition curator is the film critic Ionuţ Mareş.

The sixth edition of Ceau, Cinema! will take place during July 18th-21st, in Timişoara and Gottlob, the first village in Romania with a renovated cinema.

The festival passes, which give access to all the screenings in the festival, are available online, on A general pass is 60 lei, and a special pass, which includes a Ceau, Cinema! T-shirt or bag and a set of stickers drawn by the festival partner artists, is 100 lei.

Ceau, Cinema! Festival 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.

Main cultural partners: Art Encounters Foundation and the National Theatre ”Mihai Eminescu” from Timişoara.

The event is entirely made by volunteers, with the support of: TNT Romania, Vitas Romania, Groupama Insurance, Conceptual Lab by Theo Nissim, ISHO, the German Consulate from Timișoara, the French Institute from Timișoara, the German Cultural Centre from Timișoara, Goethe Institute, Balassi Institute – the Hungarian Cultural Institute from Bucharest, Porsche Timișoara, Vinto Gastro Wine Pub, Hotel Timișoara, Intermezzo Restaurant, Pulcinella, the „Csiky Gergely” Hungarian State Theatre from Timișoara, the Direction for Culture Timiş, Auăleu Theatre, Anim’est, Ovride Specialty Cofeee, AMBASADA,, Gottlob City Hall.

Media partners: Kiss FM, Ziarul Metropolis, All about Romanian Cinema (AaRC), Radio România Cultural, Radio Timișoara.