Chicago, IL - August 27, 2013 - Romanian Cultural Exchange (ROCX), a Chicago-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting creative programs and projects focused on intercultural and educational exchange, invites you to celebrate Romania’s rich culture of film and folklore at the 5th edition of the Romanian Film Festival of Chicago. The event takes place at Facets Multi-Media, located at 1517 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL between Friday, September 20th and Sunday, September 22nd 2013.
Romanian cinema has transformed over the years to portray the country and its people for who they really are. This new wave of Romanian cinema has been gaining international recognition over the past decade for its authenticity and original style. Join us as we tell tales of folklore from our rich past, while celebrating how far we have come. The Romanian Cultural Marathon includes honored guests such as renowned Romanian actor, director and caricaturist, Horatiu Malaele, as well as New York based Romanian filmmaker, George Bogdan Apetri. The later made his directorial debut with ‘Outbound’ (Periferic). Funded in part by Romania’s National Centre for Cinema, the film was selected for the New Directors/New Films festival at MoMA and the Lincoln Center, and at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, it won the top prize, the Best Feature Film Award, as well as the Greek Film Critics Association Award.
The opening night of the Romanian Cultural Marathon will kick off with the recital ‘I am Blind’ directed by Malaele. After being very well received at the Comedy Theater in Bucharest, Romania, the show became a huge success all over Europe. Event attendees will also be able to participate in a Q&A session with our special guests. Saturday, September 21st, the cultural marathon will continue with a Puppet Show to foster the next generation of cultural enthusiasts. Both shows will be performed entirely in Romanian.
Screenings include the following films and shorts: ‘Happy Funerals’ (2013) by Horatiu Malaele, ‘From Now On’ (2011) by Dorian Boguta, ‘Adalbert’s Dream’ (2011) by Gabriel Achim, ‘Superman, Spiderman or Batman’ (2011) by Tudor Giurgiu, ‘Outbound’ (2010) by Bogdan George Apetri, ‘Wedding in Bessarabia’ (2009) by Nap Toader, and lastly ‘An Unforgettable Summer’ (1994) by Lucian Pintilie. All of the movies and shorts presented have received several important awards in the previous years and will have English subtitles.
This event was made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors: Romanian Government - The Department for Romanians Abroad, City Habitat Realty, Ro Act Theater, Law Office of Dan Alic, and 220 Communications.
Seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.romanianculturalexchange.org/romanian-cultural-marathon-2013.html.
About the Films:
‘Happy Funerals’ (2013) by Horatiu Malaele
Synopsis: Three heavy boozers - a Romanian, a Russian and a Bulgarian are tripling away their... happiness into vodka, at a joint called ‘The Happy Immigrant’, kept by a Turk. The crowd at this venue is made out of survivors of the Babel Tower: immigrants who chose Romania as their country of possibilities. A police raid chases away the pub's barflies. While on the run, the three professional boozers stumble upon a fortuneteller who specializes in no other than: death prediction. The rest is pure entertainment! Although we are all indebted to one death, some refuse to pay this debt. Who wants to die when it’s written in the cards for them or merely predicted?
‘Outbound’ (2010) by George Bogdan Apetri
Synopsis: After two years in prison, Matilda is granted a 24-hour temporary release. Not willing to return, she plans to escape, flee the country and start afresh. But before the day is over, Matilda must reconnect with her troubled past - the family who rejected her, her estranged ex-lover and, most of all, the kid she left behind. The struggle for a new life reminds her that freedom may be just one choice away.
‘Adalbert's Dream’ (2011) by Gabriel Achim
Synopsis: Adalbert’s Dream is a black comedy based on a real story that happened in a Romanian communist factory in the 80’s. A work accident is re-enacted, but the re-enactment turns into a new accident: the worker playing the victim gets his hand cut off, as well. This latest triumph of the Romanian New Wave is set near the end of Ceausescu’s dictatorship against the backdrop of Romania’s finest moment in soccer: the victory of ‘Steaua’ Bucharest over Barcelona during the 1986 European Cup Final.
‘Wedding in Bessarabia’ (2009) by Nap Toader
Synopsis: ‘Wedding in Bessarabia’ is a story of a young couple who recently got married in Romania. He is a young conductor from Bucharest and she is a gifted pianist from the Republic of Moldova. One day, they decide to have another wedding in Moldova, hoping to get the money to pay the account for a new apartment. The movie exploits the difference of traditions and habits between Romania and Bessarabia, and a sort of a competition which arises between the families involved.
‘An unforgettable summer’ (1994) by Lucian Pintilie
Synopsis: In 1925 Romania, young Marie-Therese Von Debretsy refuses the flirtatious advances of her husband's commanding officer. As a result, the cosmopolitan family is reassigned to a brutally bleak and dangerous outpost on the Bulgarian/Romanian frontier where both their relationship and humanity are severely tested. The film is presented on a small scale and, ironically, is told through the eyes of the young son, who simply remembers this as "an unforgettable summer," possibly the best summer he ever had.