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Divan Film Festival 2014, 26-31 August
19 August 2014
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On the bank of the Danube, in Cetate, near the borders of Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia, August ends with film screenings, academic symposiums and culinary shows.

Celebrating it΄s first 5 years, Divan Film Festival -The Divan of Film Lovers and Gourmets- is taking place from 26 to 31 of August.

A festival with a Balkan profile, Divan is set at a few old buildings belonging to a WW1 harbour turned into a “cultural port” by host and poet Mircea Dinescu, a successive chef also, that΄s why the parallel focus on the Balkan cuisine. "Divan FF is not competitive, therefore we can afford to show old films made by our neighbours which can be revelations for audience and specialists [...] so, instead of ΄festival΄ we use for it ΄divan΄, an old word which in many Balkan languages means both sofa and gathering, council" says the Artisitic Director Marian Tutui.

For this year΄s edition the chosen theme is “Heroes and Anti-Heroes in the Balkans” which will be illustrated by fiction, documentary and animation films, as well as by papers presented in the international scientific symposium that has been accompanying the festival during its last three editions.

"Balkan heroes? Well, they are the most illustrious worldwide. One can begin even with Odysseus who lingered a lot with his chaps on some wild shores. For Giovanni Papini even Achilles and the other Homeric heroes were nothing but a bunch of suckers who have been slaughtering each other for ten years under the walls of a townlet for an overripe woman. We can add to them outlaws like Novak Starina and Doichin who are starring in Romanian, Serbian and Macedonian folk ballads, Nasreddin Hoca and his relatives Pacala in Romania and Hitar Petar in Bulgaria, as well as  a series of frenzy dancers such as Alexis Zorbas or Kusturica΄s heroes" points out.

"Anti-heroes? It is not about losers as in American films, but about ordinary people such as Cristi Puiu`s Lazarescu or the composer in the recent film Death of a Man in the Balkans by Miroslav Momcilovic. This year, Divan offers the audience the opportunity to see that in the Balkans both heroism and life exist in an endless transition. Between the Roman retreat and the Turkish invasions, there were nothing else but a lot of transitions. It is not by chance that Lazarescu`s full name is Dante Remus Lazarescu, suggesting a descent in hell, an allusion to the founders of Rome and another one for a man resurrected after death."

The papers of the symposium will be read by nine scholars and film critics from seven countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Great Britain, Serbia, Romania and…China!). The chair-persons, Prof. Dina Iordanova from St. Andrews University in Scotland and the usual host, Prof. Marian Tutui from Hyperion University in Bucharest. The other participants will be Aleksander Yanakiev (director of the Institute of Arts Studies in Sofia and professor at NATFIZ Sofia), Lydia Papadimitriou (professor at John Moores University in Liverpool), Nevena Dakovic (professor at the Arts University in Belgrade), Ana Grgic (preparing her Ph.D. at St. Andrews University), Wang Yao (preparing his Ph.D. at Beijing Film University), Dana Duma (professor at UNATC in Bucharest) and Abbie Saunders (film blogger from Great Britain and winner of the Best Critic Award of altcinAction! 2013).

Divan FF 2014 will show 64 fiction, animation and documentary films from the Balkan countries.

Every night, the audience will have the pleasure to attend one important film from each Balkan country in an open-air screening, usually presented by the director himself and festival host, Marian Tutui. 

Films like An Unforgettable Summer by Lucian Pintilie (20 years after its first release and with the presence of the 80-year old filmmaker himself), the omnibus Bridges Of SarajevoLordan Zafranovic΄s 1978 controversial war drama Occupation in 26 Tableaux, The King by Nikos GrammatikosAhmed Imamovic΄s multi-awarded Go West and Rapid Response Corps 2: Nuclear Threat by Stanislav Donchev.

Beside the films mentioned, the festival will have early evening screenings of recent independent films and documentaries like Transylvanian Garlic by Lucian Alexandrescu, documentaries like Kismet by Nina Maria PaschalidouLittle Land by Nikos DayandasThe Last Black Sea Pirates by Svetoslav Stoyanov, or two old animation films like Haplea from 1928, the first Romanian animation film still preserved and The Outlaw by Iuri Casap and Leonid Gorokhov, Best Short Film in Cannes for Moldova.

Lucian Pintilie

However, there isn΄t any Divan FF without it΄s Balkan short films program of midday and early evening daily screenings.

Short films from Greece, Kosovo* and Romania:

Anna by Spyros Charalambous, Greece-Cyprus, 2013, 23 min.

Nicoleta by Sonia Liza Kenterman, Greece-UK, 2012, 19 min.

Red Hulk by Asimina Proedrou, Greece, 2013, 27 min.

The Red Apple by Mentor Berisha, Kosovo*, 2012, 8 min.

Silence by Bekim Guri, Kosovo*, 2013, 6 min.

Worthless by Nart Zeqiraj, Kosovo*, 2013, 12 min.

Sunday by Sanziana Nicola, Romania, 2013, 13 min.

Our Father by Sergiu Lupse, Romania, 2014, 8 min.

Program of short from Romania, Croatia and Turkey:

Kazimir by Dorian Boguta, Romania, 2013, 24 min.

The Tree by Mihai Sofronea, Romania, 2013, 13 min.

On Shaky Ground by Sonja Tarokic, Croatia, 2014, 29 min.

Yellow Parasol by Ana Opacic, Croatia, 2013, 21 min.

Uncle Seref and His Shadow by Bugra Dedeoglu, Turkey, 2013, 13 min.

Downrise by Eray Demir, Turkey, 2013, 12 min.

The Little Girl by Kakan Berber, Turkey, 2011, 4 min.

Prettyboy by Sasa Ban, Croatia, 2014, 16 min.

Marko by Igor Dropuljic, Croatia, 2013, 10 min.

Program of short films from Serbia and Turkey:

Snare Drum by Mihajlo Jevtic, Serbia, 2008, 15 min.

Alone, Alone, You Should Never Be Alone by Mihajlo Jevtic, Serbia, 2006, 27 min.

Haulier by Marina Uzelac, Serbia, 2012, 27 min.

Once upon a Time in Jamaica by Eray Demir, Turkey, 12 min.

Tight Space by Hasan Demirtas, Turkey, 2013, 15 min.

Return by Emanuel Parvu, Romania, 2013, 14 min.

Program of short films from altcineAction! Film Festival selected by film critic Abbie Saunders - With the participation of Abbie Saunders and Electra Venaki, founder of altcine:

Violent Youth by Marko Gjokovik, F.Y.R.O.M. 2011, 15 min.

Die Young by Stratis Chatzielenoudas, Greece, 2012, 15 min.

Night by Nemanja Vojnovic, Serbia, 2013, 13 min.

The Bed by Petra Georghieva, Bulgaria, 2011, 7 min.

The Scream by Sebastian Cosor, Romania, 2011, 4 min.

Until Death Do Us Part by David Bagaric, Croatia, 2013, 3 min.

Under Stress by Paris Patsouridis, Greece, 11 min.

Butterfly by Haris Gioulatos, Greece, 2013, 14 min.

Program of shorts from Serbia and F.Y.R.O.M. - With the participation of producer Aleksandar Zikov:

Heart by Srdjan Radakovic, Serbia, 2013, 15 min.

The Bag by Marko Sopic, Serbia, 2012, 20 min.

Red Snow by Lika Popadic, Serbia-Switzerland, 2013, 23 min.

Hibernation by Hadzi-Aleksandar Djurovic, Serbia, 2013, 21 min.

Soles de primavera by Sefan Ivanic, Serbia, 2013, 23 min.

Sido by Tamara Kotevska, F.Y.R.O.M., 2013, 12 min.

Heroes in the Balkans - Program of old animation and documentary films:
Noah΄s Ark by Horia Stefanescu,Romania, 10 min.

The Outlaw by Iuri Casap and Leonid Gorokhov, Moldova,1986,10 min 

Haplea by Marin Iord, Romania, 1928, 12 min.

Vasilache and Marioara by Jean Petrovici, Romania, 1981, 15 min.

 Art Monuments in Brancovan Style by Dumitru Dadarlat, Romania, 1976, 8 min.

Artistic Halt at Hurez by Olga Zissu, Romania, 1976, 19 min.

Danube Destroys and Builds by Ulrich Kayser, Romania- Austria, 1944, 12 min. 

Before reminding us about the concerts of the String Quartet of Craiova Filharmonic, of singer Ion Gyuri-Pascu and of the folk band Mambo Siria, and the two culinary shows -  one of Turkish traditional cuisine and one inspired by old Roman recipes, Marian Tutui added: "We shall have more than 100 hundred Romanian guests among whom the prestigious veteran film director Lucian Pintilie who will attend the special screening of his film An Unforgettable Summer after 20 years from its first night. We shall also have no less than 22 foreign guests. Among them we can mention directorsMihajlo Jevtic, Pavo Marinkovic, Stanislav Donchev and producers like Martichka Bozhilova".
  The King
  Zorba the Greek
  The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
  Death Of A Man In Balkans
  Occupation in 26 Pictures
  Go West
  An Unforgettable Summer
  The Last Black Sea Pirates
  Red Hulk
  The Bed
  A Hard Working Robber
  Under Stress
  Little Land
  Rapid Response Corps 2
  Bridges of Sarajevo
  Die Young
  Violent Youth
  The Scream
  Until Death Do Us Part
  Eight-Minute Deadline
  Transylvanian Garlic
  Alone, Alone, You Should Never Be Alone
  Snare Drum
  Nikos Grammatikos
  Martichka Bozhilova
  Emir Kusturica
  Cristi Puiu
  Nina Maria Paschalidou
  Ahmed Imamovic
  Marian Tutui
  Dina Iordanova
  Miroslav Momcilovic
  Lordan Zafranovic
  Lucian Pintilie
  Emanuel Parvu
  Haris Gioulatos
  Svetoslav Stoyanov
  Nikos Dayandas
  Pavo Marinkovic
  Lydia Papadimitriou
  Ana Grgic
  Stanislav Donchev
  Asimina Proedrou
  Michael Felanis
  Petra Georgieva
  Paris Patsouridis
  Hadzi-Aleksandar Djurovic
  Mihajlo Jevtic
  Sonia Liza Kenterman
  Marko Gjokovich
  Stratis Chatzielenoudas
  Sebastian Cosor
  David Bagaric
  Zina Papadopoulou
  Petros Papadopoulos
  Nemanja Vojnovic
  Luciano Alexander
  Divan Film Festival
  Divan Film Festival 2013
  Slobodan Sijan and Marian Tutui: The Talks
  A festival report from the Divan Film Festival and the Balkan Film and Food Festival
  Divan Film Festival - Day 5
  Divan Film Festival - Day 4
  Divan Film Festival - Day 3
  Divan Film Festival - Day 2
  Divan Film Festival - Day 1
  Divan Film Festival Facebook
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