The Hungarian production ”Bad Poems” (2018), directed by Gábor Reisz, won both the trophy „Răzvan Georgescu” for the best film and the audience award in the competition of the sixth edition of Ceau, Cinema! Festival, which took place during July 18th – 21st in Timișoara and Gottlob. Over 3.500 viewers attended the 30 screenings and events scheduled during the four days of festival.
The jury, who selected the winner out of the six films in competition, was made up of the actor Vlad Ivanov and the actresses Maria Drăguş and Mălina Manovici. The Ceau, Cinema! Trophy „Răzvan Georgescu” amounts € 1.000 and was granted by Vitas Romania. The audience award was € 500, offered by Conceptual Lab by Theo Nissim.
Over 750 viewers attended, at the ”Capitol” outdoor theatre, the sold-out screening and world premiere of the documentary ”Superhombre” (2019), produced in Timișoara, in the presence of the main character, the climber Horia Colibăşanu, and of the team – directors Lucian Mircu and Mircea Gherase and editor Gabi Basalici.
More than 400 viewers attended, at the same ”Capitol” outdoor theatre, the screening of the period drama ”Mademoiselle Paradis” (Austria-Germany, 2017), presented in the Opening Night, in the presence of the actress, and also the Closing Night, when the French police comedy ”Au Poste” (2018), directed by Quentin Dupieux, was screened.
The special guest of the sixth edition was the well-known Serbian director Želimir Žilnik, whom was paid homage through a review of three of his films, organized in collaboration with Art Encounters Biennial 2019 and who was awarded the honorary trophy Ceau, Cinema!.
Among other successful screenings we mention the one of the Hungarian film ”Sunset” (2018, d. László Nemes), in the presence of the actor Vlad Ivanov, who also held an acting masterclass, the Romanian film ”Arest” (2019, d. Andrei Cohn) and the documentary ”The Distance Between Me and Me” (2018), about Nina Cassian and made by Mona Nicoară and Dana Bunescu.
Screened for the first time in Romania at Ceau, Cinema!, the German documentaries ”Joane’s Law” (1993) and ”The Time Traveller” (1995) were received as revelations by the audience, who attended two touching discussions with the director Dobrivoie Kerpenisan, a Serbian from Banat who left to West Germany during the `70s, when he was a child.
Also highly emotionally charged was the extended talk with the audience after the screening of the documentary ”Timebox” (2018), with the director Nora Agapi and her father, the photographer Ioan Matei Agapi, from Iași.
The sixth edition of Ceau, Cinema! took place during July 18th – 21st, in Timişoara and Gottlob, the first village in Romania with a renovated cinema.
Ceau, Cinema! Festival is dedicated to the European cinema and is organized by the Association Marele Ecran and the Association Pelicula Culturală.
The project was 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, Little Hanoi, the „Csiky Gergely” Hungarian State Theatre from Timișoara, the Direction for Culture Timiş, Auăleu Theatre, Anim’est, Balamuc – loc de joacă ș-altele, Ovride Specialty Cofeee, AMBASADA, Hostel Costel, „La Două Bufnițe” Bookstore, iaBilet.ro, Gottlob City Hall.
Media partners: Kiss FM, Ziarul Metropolis, Radio Timișoara, Radio România Cultural, All about Romanian Cinema (AaRC).