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, 2016), 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.”
New Romanian Cinema entered its second decade of greatness with a bang. 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 others, 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 standout 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.
Guests of this year’s festival include actors Vlad Ivanov (Dogs, Graduation), Maria Drăguș (Graduation), Alina Grigore and Robi Urs (Illegitimate) and Julia Kijowska (United States of Love).
Leading support for the 11th edition of Making Waves is provided by The Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Filmmakers Union of Romania, and HBO Romania, along with generous contributions from our community of grassroots supporters, including Freundschaftsverein Schweiz-Rumänien, Ed Blau, Veronica Lupu, Mihai Cucui, Maria-Cristina Necula, Constantin Vulpescu & anonymous.