“Metronom”, opening Ceau, Cinema! Festival from Timişoara

Jun 9, 2022 | Episode 9

The film “Metronom” (2022), awarded for best direction within ”Un Certain Regard” section of Cannes Festival, will open the ninth edition of Ceau, Cinema! Festival from Timişoara, which will take place during July 14th -17th. The screening will be held in the presence of the director Alexandru Belc and the young actress Mara Bugarin, born in Timişoara.

The film tells the story of two in love highschool teenagers who write letters to the show ”Metronom” at the radio station ”Europa Liberă”, while Ţiriac and Năstase play the Davis Cup tennis Final against America in 1972. When the boy receives the permission to permanently leave the country, with his family, the two teenagers know that they have to break up, but don’t expect that their last days together will become decisive for their entire life.

“Metronom” is the headliner of the traditional section “Films at the Outdoor Theater”, which includes four feature films, both political and mainstream, screened at the ”Capitol” Outdoor Theater from the center of Timişoara.

From the competition of this year’s Berlin Festival edition, Ceau, Cinema! will bring in premiere in Romania the comedy “Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush” (2022), of the famous German director Andreas Dresen. The film will be screened with the support of the German Cultural Center from Timişoara.

Winner of the Silver Bear for the Best Screenplay, the film follows a woman from Bremen, played by Meltem Kaptan (also awarded for her performance), who desperately fights to free her son, emprisoned at Guantánamo without a legal decision after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, in the USA.

The dangers of social networks, reflected through the story of a young fitness trainer, famous online, is the subject of the explosive Polish-Swedish co-production “Sweat” (2020), directed by Magnus von Horn. The film was selected in 2020 at Cannes Festival and it will be screened in Timişoara with the support of the Polish Institute from Bucharest.

The program also includes the French noir comedy “Bloody Organges” (“Oranges sanguines”, 2021), by Jean-Christophe Meurisse, worldwide premiered at Cannes Festival in 2021. The film will be screened with the support of the French Institute from Timişoara.

An incisive production about certain obsessions that we are living nowadays, “Bloody Oranges” follows several stories. A retired couple overwhelmed by debts is trying to win a dance contest. The Minister for Economic Affairs is a tax evasion suspect. An adolescent meets a sexual maniac. A young lawyer strives to climb the social ladder. However, the winners are not necessarily the ones we expect.


More details on the festival are available on ceaucinema.ro, as well as on the related Facebook and Instagram pages.

Ceau, Cinema! Festival is dedicated to European cinema and is organized by the Associations Pelicula Culturală and Marele Ecran.

Funded by Timișoara CityHall, through the Project Center

Project funded by the Timiș County Council through the Nonrefundable Funding Program TimCultura 2022

Main sponsor: Groupama Ensurance

Sponsors: Conceptual Lab by Theo Nissim, HELLA Romania, Porsche Timişoara, Tazz

Main cultural partners: the German Cultural Center from Timişoara, the Polish Institute from Bucharest, the Austrian Cultural Forum Bucharest, the Liszt Institute – the Hungarian Cultural Center Bucharest, the French Institute from Timișoara, the Czech Center Bucharest

Partners: Cinema Victoria, InLight Center, ”Cartea Călătoare” Foundation, ”Ceva de Spus” Association, ”Cetăţean de Traian” Association, Ibis Timisoara City Center, Faber, Banat National Museum, Animest, the German Consulate in Timişoara, Cinemazero Cultural Association, Timişoara la cutie, the House of Arts – the County Direction for Culture Timiş, Claudia Roşu, Balamuc – loc de joacă ş-altele, Auăleu, iaBilet, Hostel Cornel

Media partners: Kiss FM, All about Romanian Cinema (AaRC), Ziarul Metropolis