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Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema Film Festival 2015
1 December 2015
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Making Waves, Romanian Film Initiative΄s project festival, returns for its 10th edition from December 2-7, 2015 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and from 3-8 at the Jacob Burns Film Center.

Hailed by The New York Times as one of the “annual treasures” of the Film Society’s programming, the festival features will offer a selection of the best in contemporary Romanian filmmaking, including features, documentaries, and shorts, along with classic and landmark films and other special programs focusing on the work of Romanian directors.

Aferim! by Radu Jude

Titles fresh from Cannes and Berlin lead the slate of features: Corneliu Porumboiu΄s crazy fairy tale, The Treasure (Romania/France, 2015), Romania’s unorthodox answer to 12 Years a Slave, Radu Jude’s Aferim! (Romania/Bulgaria/Czech Republic, 2015), Radu Muntean’s subtle morality play, One Floor Below (France/Romania/Germany/Sweden, 2015) and Why Me? (Romania/Bulgaria, 2015), the Sidney Lumet-esque political thriller by Tudor Giurgiu, based on outrageous real events. The rest of the films being screened at the main program are the following:

Aliyah DaDa by Oana Giurgiu (Romania, 2014)
Bucharest Nonstop by Dan Chişu (Romania, 2015)
Trading Germans by Răzvan Georgescu (Germany/Romania, 2014)

Making Waves will also present a tribute to one of Romania’s greatest filmmakers, Mircea Daneliuc, whose work inspired the Romanian New Wave and who will join the festival as this year’s special guest. With a career spanning four decades, 17 features (writing 16 of them) and 11 movie roles, plus several plays, novels, and short stories, Daneliuc has amassed an oeuvre of subversive films anchored in reality but showcasing a mordant dark humor and unrelenting satire.

Intimate Bed (Romania, 1993) – Opening film
The Cruise (Romania, 1981)
The Snails’ Senator (Romania, 1995)

The Snails’ Senator by Mircea Daneliuc

Another highlight will be a special tribute screening of Cristi Puiu’s The Death of Mr Lazarescu (Romania, 2005), commemorating the 10th anniversary of Making Waves. A seminal title of the Romanian New Wave, this dark comedy was presented at the first edition back in 2006 and took American critics by storm, helping to establish Romania as a major player in the contemporary landscape of international art cinema. Completing this exciting lineup is a selection of short films, including the newest from Cristi Puiu and Andrei Cretulescu΄s Cannes prize-winning noir, Ramona (Romania, 2015, 20΄).

The 2015 Edition of Making Waves will also feature panels, special guests, and a continuation of last year’s Creative Freedom Through Cinema program, examining the relationship between art and politics in Eastern Europe and spotlighting 2 works from the Republic of Moldova and Georgia: The Unsaved by Igor Cobileanski (Romania/Republic of Moldova, 2012) and Corn Island by George Ovashvili (Georgia/Germany/France, 2014).

Beside Mircea Daneliuc, guests of this year’s festival include Tudor Giurgiu, Dan Chișu, Oana Giurgiu, Andrei Crețulescu, Luiza Pârvu, and Andreea Vălean, actors Cecilia Bârbora, Andi Vasluianu, Emilian Oprea, and Mihai Constantin and producers Ada Solomon, Codruța Crețulescu, and Toma Peiu. 

Film Society Lincoln Center official website
  The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
  Flying Lessons / The Unsaved
  Bucharest Non-Stop
  The World is Mine
  Toto and His Sisters
  Why Me?
  One Floor Below
  The Treasure
  Trading Germans
  Aliyah DaDa
  The Snails' Senator
  The Conjugal Bed
  The Cruise
  Tudor Giurgiu
  Radu Muntean
  Cristi Puiu
  Ada Solomon
  Corneliu Porumboiu
  Radu Jude
  Andi Vasluianu
  Mihai Constantin
  Andrei Cretulescu
  Dan Chisu
  Andreea Valean
  Oana Bujgoi-Giurgiu
  Igor Cobileanski
  Nicolae Constantin Tanase
  Alexander Nanau
  Emilian Oprea
  Razvan Georgescu
  Mircea Daneliuc
  Cecilia Barbora
  Making Waves 2015 trailer
  Film Society of Lincoln Center website
  Film Society of Lincoln Center on Facebook
  Jacob Burns Film Center website
  Jacob Burns Film Center on Facebook
  Romanian Film Initiative website
  Romanian Film Initiative on Facebook
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