Ceau, Cinema! Festival announces the jury and the first special screenings

May 24, 2023 | Episode 10

”Two More Lottery Tickets” (2023), the latest comedy of director Paul Negoescu, „Between Revolutions” (2023), the hybrid film of Vlad Petri, awarded at the Berlinale, and the German production „We Might As Well be Dead” (2022), with the popular actress from Timișoara, Ioana Iacob, in the leading role, will be presented to the audience as special screenings within the 10th edition Ceau, Cinema! Festival from Timişoara, which will take place during July 12th – 16th.

Ioana Iacob, Paul Negoescu and Vlad Petri will also join the festival as the jury which will award this year the Ceau, Cinema! Trophy “Răzvan Georgescu”, in value of €1.000, offered by Groupama Insurance, for the best film in competition.

Less than one year after the success of „Men of Deeds” (2022), director Paul Negoescu returns with the comedy „Two More Lottery Tickets”, which brings into the spotlight the same acting trio as in „Two Lottery Tickets” (2016) – Dragoş Bucur, Alexandru Papadopol and Dorian Boguţă. They play three men from a small country town who are trying to get rich by mining cryptocurrency, but who will soon find out that the way to enrichment is far more complicated. Paul Negoescu and Alexandru Papadopol will join the audience at the screening which will take place at Capitol Outdoor Theater.

Winner of the critics award in the Forum section of this year’s edition of Berlin Festival, „Between Revolutions” will be screened in premiere in Timişoara at Ceau, Cinema!, within the section dedicated to documentaries, Doc-minică, and in the presence of the director Vlad Petri. Two women separated by revolutions – one in Iran, the other in Romania – unite their destinies by means of the letters they send to each other, standing against the societies they live in.

A well-known figure in the Romanian cinema mainly for her performance in „I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians” (2018, directed by Radu Jude), Ioana Iacob will introduce at Ceau, Cinema!, for the first time in Romania, the latest German film in which she plays the leading role, ”We Might As Well Be Dead”. In this uncomfortable dystopic drama, which had its world premiere at Berlinale, Ioana Iacob plays a security guard from a tower building at the margin of a forest, inhabited by a community which represents one of the last bastions of civilization in a world which fell apart. The screening will also be attended by the director Natalia Sinelnikova and the co-writer Viktor Gallandi. The presence of this film and of the German guests within the festival is possible with the support of the German Cultural Center from Timişoara.

More information on the jury members are available on ceaucinema.ro, and on the festival Facebook and Instagram profiles.

The six films in competition will be announced soon.

Ceau, Cinema! Festival is dedicated to European cinema and is organized by the Association Pelicula Culturală and founded together with the Association Marele Ecran.

The project is part of the National Cultural Programme „Timișoara–European Capital of Culture in 2023” and is funded through the programme European Echoes, conducted by the Center for Projects Timișoara, with amounts allotted from the state budget, through the Ministry of Culture budget.

Sponsors: Vitas Romania, Groupama Asigurări.

Funded by: the Romanian Film Center.

Partners: Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF), the German Cultural Center from Timişoara, the Austrian Cultural Forum Bucharest, the Polish Institute Bucharest, the Liszt Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center Bucharest, the Czech Center Bucharest, the Embassy of Spain, Cervantes Institute from Bucharest, the Italian Cultural Institute from Bucharest, the French Institute from Timișoara. With the support of: Marele Ecran Association, Ceva de Spus Association, Cartea Călătoare Foundation, Animest, Ibis Timisoara City Center, Faber, Cinema Victoria, Timişoara la cutie, The House of Arts– the County Direction for Culture Timiş, Claudia Roşu.