The countdown for the Central European Film Festival in Timișoara begins


From the 3rd to the 9th of September 2017, in Timișoara, recent productions from 16 countries, nationally and internationally awarded, exhibitions, debates, concerts, film workshops in various projection spaces (Cinema Timiș, Libertății Square, Iulius Mall, Cetate, Dacia Square, Hall 2 of the National Theater, Casa Artelor, Cărturești) will all be gathered in the Central European Film Festival.

From a competitive and thematic point of view the Central European Film Festival is emerging this year as an interethnic and intercultural dialogue through selected films, as well as through many other related artistic events. Therefore prepare yourselves for exploration, search, contemplation in a cultural melange from which we’ll mention:

Happy End Meets EYOT: The cineconcert from the opening of CEFF at 21:00, in Libertății Square is a combination of jazz and film, creative sounds portrayed by the Serbian quartet EYOT with gorgeous images of Czech director Oldřich Lipský’s 1967 film Happy End.

An Exhibition of Foreign Posters of Romanian Films from the communist period can be seen during the whole festival in the entrance area of Timiş Cinema. It features 40 foreign and Romanian designed posters for the export of films made during 1965-1985 and shows a selection from the impressive collection of American producer Christopher Landry.

Book launches: “J. Negulescu, a Romanian in Hollywood” by Manuela Cernat, Rasvan Popescu’s “The Fish with Wings”, “Pseudokinematikos 3. Between Life and Movies” by Marian Sorin Rădulescu, “Radu Gabrea. Biography of an Achievement” by Călin Stănculescu. The conference “Multi- and Interculturality in Banat region seen in Romanian and European Contexts” and the symposium on the “Creative Europe” EU cultural programme will also bring new ideas to light.

The sections of the festival are:

Competition: fiction films from the last two years and having a certain degree of representativeness for specific countries as they have been awarded prizes at festivals in the respective countries or have been nominated for the Oscar for Foreign Film by a national jury will enter this section. This year’s competition will bring together films from the Central European countries (Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania) and films from South-Eastern European countries (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Greece, Albania).

Panorama:  new and exciting films from around the globe are featured in this section, movies that are intensely discussed and which the Romanian public has not yet had the chance to watch.

EU Capitals of Culture: will start with documentaries about cities that will become European Capitals of Culture in 2021: Timișoara, Novi Sad (Serbia) and Eleusis (Greece).

Student films: a selection of recent short films by students of the National University of Theatre and Cinematography “I.L. Caragiale”.

Yiddish Movies: A collection of classic films restored and offered by Brandeis University and the New York Jewish Film Center.

Radu Gabrea Retrospective: A tribute to Radu Gabrea (1937-2017), the great Romanian director and initiator of this festival,  including some of his best films.

Cultural diversity and minorities: Fiction and documentary films that promote cultural, linguistic, cultural tolerance and diversity.

Short Matters!  A selection from the European Film Academy short film festival, which brings short films nominated for European Cinema Awards to European film festivals, and is presented at CEFF by our partners form Timishort Film Festival.

Bela Lugoji Cinema in Lugoj, On September 11 and 12  the winner of the Best Movie award of the CEFF 2017 edition and La Danseuse by french director Stephanie di Giusto will be shown in Lugoj.