The film “R.M.N.” (2022) in the presence of the director Cristian Mungiu, the screening of a restored version of the masterpiece “The Gospel According to St. Matthew” (1964), in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s centenary year, and a debate on Václav Havel occasioned by the release of a biographical film and of the Romanian translation of a collection of lectures and texts of the former Czech president are included among the special events of Ceau, Cinema! Festival ninth edition, which will take place during July 14th-17th in Timişoara.
The complete schedule is available on ceaucinema.ro and on the festival Facebook and Instagram pages. Tickets and passes are also available for purchase on iabilet.ro.
Having had its world premiere in this year’s competition at Cannes Festival, “R.M.N.” (2022) will have a special screening at Timişoara in the presence of the director Cristian Mungiu and of the actress Judith State, who will have a Q&A session. The film tells a story of the deep abilities of the human behaviour facing unexpected realities, of the human relations and the way in which we all relate to a disturbing future.
In the year of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s centenary, Ceau, Cinema! brings to cinema lovers a special screening of the restored version of the classic film “The Gospel According to St. Matthew” (1964), the Italian director’s masterpiece, symbol of political cinema. The film won the Special Jury Prize at Venice Festival and was nominated for three Oscar awards.
With the support of the Czech Center from Bucharest, the festival scheduled a special screening of “Havel” (2020, directed by Slávek Horák), a strong biographical film about the transformation of the former Czech president Václav Havel from playwright to politician. The screening will be followed by a debate on Václav Havel in the presence of the director of the Czech Center from Bucharest, Robin Ujfaluši, and the writer and university professor Adriana Babeţi, from Timișoara. The event will be completed by the release of the book in Romanian “Deţinut politic şi preşedinte. Singur împotriva sistemului” (Curtea Veche Edition), in collaboration with the local bookstore La Două Bufniţe.
Ceau, Cinema! will also hold a workshop on the ensurance of full accessibility for desabled persons at public events, which will be attended by representatives of local authorities and field NGOs, and which will be preceded by a screening, accessible to disabled, of the Romanian film “The Campaign” (2020, directed by Marian Crişan). The event will be free entry and will take place in collaboration with the Foundation „Cartea Călătoare” and the Association „Ceva de Spus”.
The Romanian films “Almanac Cinema: Six Short Films” (2022), by Radu Jude, and “Man and Dog” (2021), by Ştefan Constantinescu will be shown for the first time in Timişoara.
“Almanac Cinema” brings together the latest films “Caricaturana”, „The Potemkinists”, „Memories from the Eastern Front”, „The Two Executions of the Marshall”, „To Punish, to Survey” and „Plastic semiotic”. These short films made by Radu Jude have been selected at the most important international festivals – Venice, Locarno, Berlin, Cannes, in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section.
The debut feature film of director Ştefan Constantinescu, “Man and Dog”, a co-production Romania, Bulgaria, Sweden and Germany, follows a man who, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemics, comes back from Sweden, where he used to be employed, in Romania suspecting his wife of cheating. The screening is supported by the German Cultural Center from Timişoara.
Member of this year’s international competition jury, the director Eugen Jebeleanu, born in Timişoara, will show his debut, the highly awarded “Poppy Field” (2020). The film follows the course of one day in the life of Cristi, a young policeman from Bucharest who, during the short visit of the man he has a long-distance relation with, is assigned along with his colleagues to monitor a group of protesters who sabotage the screening of a LGBTQ+ film in a cinema theater.
Gaspar Noé’s lastest film, “Vortex” (2021), who is focused on a senior couple with multiple health issues, will have a special screening on the occasion of the National Day of France, on July 14th. The screening is supported by the French Institute from Timişoara.
The inhabitants of the historic neighbourhood Fabric will have the opportunity to enjoy outdoor free entry screenings in Traian Square, of some of the most appreciated social films of the last years, like “Another Round” (2020), by Thomas Vinterberg, “The Big Hit” (2021), by Emmanuel Courcol, or “Sorry We Missed You” (2019), by Ken Loach.
The screenings of the ninth edition of Ceau, Cinema! will take place at Cinema Victoria, the Outdoor Theater and Capitol cinema hall from Banat Philarmonic, Traian Square and Faber, but also in the cinema hall from Gottlob.
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.
Co-funded by the National Center of Cinematography.
Sponsors: Groupama Ensurance, HELLA Romania, Conceptual Lab by Theo Nissim.
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.
Supported by: Porsche Timişoara, Little Hanoi, Ibis Timisoara City Center, Tazz, InLight Center, Animest, ”Cartea Călătoare” Foundation, ”Ceva de Spus” Association, ”Cetăţean de Traian” Association, Faber, Cinema Victoria, Banat National Museum, ”Prin Banat” Association, Timişoara la cutie, the House of Arts – the County Direction for Culture Timiş, Gottlob Mairie, European Parliament Office for Romania, One World Romania, Claudia Roşu, La Două Bufniţe, Cinemazero Cultural Association, Ovride, iaBilet, Hostel Cornel.
Media partners: Kiss FM, All about Romanian Cinema (AaRC), Ziarul Metropolis.