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Focus on romanian cinema

In attendeance of Corneliu Porumboiu, Sylvie Pialat, Valentin Hotea and Isabelle Danel

As part of the France-Romania 2019 Season

Corneliu Porumboiu

During his studies at the UNATC, Corneliu Porumboiu made 6 short films, including Calatorie la oras (A Trip to the City) which he presented at the Festival Premiers Plans in 2005. After a residency at Cinéfondation, he went on to win the Caméra d'Or 3 years later in Cannes with A fost sau n-a fost (12:08 East of Bucharest), an inquisitive, but funny film which throws away the capital H of history to film in lower case. His 2nd feature, Polițist, Adjectiv (Police, Adjective), confirms that he is a case apart in the very active new Romanian cinema scene of the 2000s. After celebrating the fall of Ceausescu in farce form, this new film shows the problems of a police officer who doesn't believe in the law. Using ordinary stories, Porumboiu gives us existential comedies tinged with darkness. Când se lasã seara peste Bucuresti sau metabolism (When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism) is a radical turning point, a dialysis of his own cinema. He has always given masters of cinematographic modernity as references (from Bresson to Antonioni) from whom he has clearly taken a taste for form and conceptual questions. Through a film on the torments of creation, he opens up his cinema to self-reflection. He has no hesitation in filming himself in two documentaries on football, a personal subject since his father was a professional referee (Al doilea joc (The Second Game), Fotbal Infinit (Infinite Football)). With Comoara (The Treasure), he reinterprets, in the form of a fiction, an "adventure" that actually happened to him. Two men search for a treasure buried in a garden, and, through this search, it is as if the film invented itself at the same rate as their belief. A film where absurdist and minimalist humour flirt with the intact innocence of childhood dreams. Each film is an opportunity to invent a new language and new forms. Corneliu Porumboiu will be in Angers during the first weekend of the Festival, and apart from his own films he will also discuss the films of the recently deceased grand master of Romanian cinema and a major influence on his work: Lucian Pintilie.

Corneliu Porumboiu - Feature films
Corneliu Porumboiu - Short films

Carte blanche à Corneliu Porumboiu

Lucian Pintilie
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Lucian Pintilie

20 years of Romanian short films: UNATC, at the source of Romanian talents

The Festival Premiers Plans is giving an overview of the Universitatea de Arta Teatrala si Cinematografica, more commonly known as the UNATC. This prestigious film school in Bucharest, founded in 1954, was the training ground for most of the representatives of the Romanian New Wave in the mid-1990s, including Cristian Mungiu, Corneliu Porumboiu, Radu Jude, Tudor Giorgiu, Catalin Mitulescu and many others. During the Festival, there will be several school film programmes in the presence of guests coming to remember their years of studying and the country's extraordinary cinematographic creativity.

Cristian Mungiu
Telefon în strainatate
Hanno Höfer
Zăpada mieilor
Cãlin Peter Netzer
Doru Nitescu
Mihai și Cristina
Cristian Nemescu
17 minute întârziere
Cãtãlin Mitulescu
Interior. Scară de bloc
Ciprian Alexandrescu
Ivana Mladenovic
Balastiera #186
George Chiper, Adina Pintilie
Paul Negoescu
Captivi de Craciun
Iulia Rugina
Wedding Duet
Goran Mihailov
Raia al Souliman
În acvariu
Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
Roșu și albastru în proporții egale
Georgiana Moldoveanu