PRESS RELEASE: The Romanian Film Initiative and the Jacob Burns Film Center announce the lineup for the 11th edition of Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema, December 1–8


The Romanian Film Initiative and the Jacob Burns Film Center are proud to present the 11th Edition of Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema(December 1–8), the survey that the Wall Street Journal describes as having, “helped define and establish the southeastern European country as a stronghold of socially incisive, independently minded personal cinema.” Highlights include Cristi Puiu’s SieranevadaRomania’s entry to the Academy Awards® foreign language race and Bogdan Mirică’s FIPRESCI prize-winning Dogs.

“New Romanian Cinema entered its second decade of greatness with a bang,” says the festival’s artistic director, Mihai Chirilov. “With two titles selected from the official competition in Cannes, Graduation and Sieranevada, which both went on to play at the New York Film Festival, and two other, Illegitimate and Scarred Hearts, that won prizes at the Berlin and Locarno film festivals, we enter the 11th edition of Making Waves with one of the strongest ever presentations of work by both new and established Romanian filmmakers.

Directors Cristian Mungiu, Cristi Puiu, Adrian Sitaru and Radu Jude, who have all shown previous works at the Festival, are joined by the new voices of Bogdan Mirică and Paul Negoescu, delivering exciting genre cinema with the Balkan western Dogs and the indie comedy Two Lottery Tickets. The endearing documentary, Cinema, Mon Amour by Alexandru Belc, about the vanishing movie theaters completes this year’s Romanian selection, while Tomasz Wasilewski’s United States of Love, represents this year’s guest country Poland, adding a touch of post-Communist angst that reflects the Romanian reality in the aftermath of the Revolution of 1989.”

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November 14, 2016