“Whether grappling with momentous historic events or the everyday struggles of ordinary people, Romanian filmmakers have created some of the finest cinema of recent decades,” writes BAMPFA Associate Film Curator Kate MacKay. “Distinguished by excellent writing and cinematography and authentic performances, what was dubbed the Romanian New Wave gained international attention around 2005 […] These instant classics were both preceded and followed by exceptional films portraying the realities of existence under the reign of Nicolae Ceaușescu and the persistent aftereffects of totalitarianism following his ouster in December 1989.”
The program includes some of the best Romanian films made over the last three decades, with a special focus on works concerned with the events of December 1989. “The Romanians” selection is complemented by Radu Muntean’s The Paper will Be Blue, Radu Jude’s “I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians”, and Out of the Present by Andrei Ujică, who will also be the special guest of the program.
Venue: BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street (between Oxford Street and Shattuck Avenue), Berkeley, CA
Tickets: General Admission – $13; BAMPFA Member – $8; Special rates: $5-9 (see BAMPFA website for details)
The largest Romanian film program ever presented in the U.S. kicks off at Film Forum New York, in the framework of the 14th Making Waves Festival for a 12-day, 30-film celebration of 30 years of post-Ceauşescu cinema. Runs November 15-26, 2019.
Special guests are directors Andrei Ujică, Tudor Giurgiu, Contantin Popescu, actress Anda Onesa, as well as actor and Making Waves ambassador Andi Vasluianu.