„Povestea unui pierde-vară” (”The Story of a Summer Lover”), directed by Paul Negoescu and staring Alexandru Papadopol in the leading role, will be released at Timișoara in the opening night of Ceau, Cinema! Festival. The audience will also have the opportunity to view three of the most awaited new Romanian documentaries, „Procesul” (”The Trial”), „Dacii liberi” (”The Free Dacians”) and „Licu, a Romanian story”, as well as „Pororoca”, by Constantin Popescu.
Compared with Woody Allen’s films, „The Story of a Summer Lover” (2018) is focused on a 42 years old math teacher at the Polytechnic University in Bucharest, who has to change his life style and grow up as soon as his open relationship with his partner begins to get complicated. It is the third fiction film of the young director Paul Negoescu, after ”A Month in Thailand” and „Two Lottery Tickets”, the successful independent comedy which opened Ceau, Cinema! in 2016. ”The Story of a Summer Lover” will have a special screening, at the open air theater „Capitol”, in the first night of the festival, in the presence of Paul Negoescu and the director of photography Ana Drăghici.
Also, the extremely popular documentary ”The Trial” (2017), made by Claudiu Mitcu and Ileana Bîrsan will have an outdoor screening at „Capitol”. A highly thrilling investigation film, ”The Trial” debates the case of Mihai Moldoveanu, former officer in the Romanian army, convicted to 25 years of prison for a murder he claims he didn’t commit. Claudiu Mitcu and Ileana Bîrsan, who happens to be one of the three jury members of this year’s competition, will attend the screening and the after-event Q&A.
Highly awaited as well is the screening of the documentary „Dacii liberi” (”The Free Dacians”, 2018), by Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan and Andrei Gorgan. The main characters of the film are the inhabitants of a Dacian village, a group of people with mystical beliefs, a historian and an archaeologist, the members of a historical re-enactment troupe, the manager of the Sarmizegetuza Regia UNESCO site and the participants at conferences on Dacian history. They are all united by a common passion for Dacians, but at the same time they are divided by the different perspectives over one historic episode which becomes more and more popular in Romania.
Awarded in 2017 with the great prize at the famous DOK Leipzig festival, „Licu, a Romanian story”, by Ana Dumitrescu, speaks about Romania during the last century as seen by a man lost in history. The main character, Liviu Canţer, called Licu, a man of 92 from Sibiu, has survived some major historical events, and now is left alone with his memories.
The well-known director Constantin Popescu will also screen in Timișoara his latest film, „Pororoca” (2017), about a couple’s drama of having their daughter get lost in the parc. The film had its global premiere in the competition of San Sebastian Festival, where the actor Bogdan Dumitrache received the award for acting. Recently, it was selected as the best film of the Romanian Film Days section, at TIFF.
The fifth edition of Ceau, Cinema! will take place during July 19th – 22nd in Timișoara and Gottlob.
The full passes are already available at the Bookstore Cărtureşti – 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 Ensurance, Casa Auto Timișoara, Pegas Bicycle, Ursus Retro, the French Institute of Timişoara, Hotel Timișoara, Hostel Costel, EuCeMănânc, Vinto Restaurant, The Tube Gastro Pub, 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, Cuib d’Arte, MISC, the bookstore „La Două Bufnițe”, Forum Apulum, Gottlob City Hall.
Media partners: Kiss FM, All about Romanian Cinema (AaRC), Radio Timişoara, Zile şi Nopţi, Ziarul Metropolis.