Romanian Film Festival in NY: One Eye Laughing, One Eye Crying

Romanian Cultural Institute in New York and American Romanian Cultural Society are organizing between November 7 and 9 the “One eye laughing, one eye crying” Film Festival, the first Romanian film festival in the Pacific Northwest SIFF Film Center in New York.

The festival’s program will be as follows:

Day 1: Friday, November 7

6:00 pm – I’m an Old Communist Hag (director Stere Gulea, 2013, 98 min.)

25 years after the fall of Ceausescu’s communist regime, this comedy dares to look at those times with something resembling acceptance and nostalgia. It will screen in Ottawa and Vancouver at the European Union Film Festival this winter.

Q&A session with Monica Filimon (Kingsborough Community College, New York)

8:30 pm – Opening Night Gala

Day 2: Saturday, November 8

4:30 pm – Romanian Shorts: Tales from the Golden Age (2009, 20 min.); Traffic (2004, 15 min.); Liviu’s Dream (2004, 39 min.); Superman, Spiderman, and Batman (2011, 11 min.); Stopover (2011, 15 min.)

This exquisite collection of Romanian shorts combines lyricism with irony, satire with historical truth.

Q&A session with director Ioana Uricaru

6:30 pm – Anatomy of a Departure (director Oliver T?taru, 2012, 75 min.)

Director Oliver T?taru’s autobiographical documentary will resonate with everyone whose family dynamics have been affected by loss and major change.

Q&A session with director Oliver T?taru

Day 3: Sunday, November 9

3:45 pm – Sundays on Leave (director Nae Caranfil, 1994, 104 min.)

Shot right after the fall of communism in Romania, director Nae Caranfil’s comedy drama – a Romanian-French co-production – depicts like no other film the specific Romanian ability to use humor as a refuge in the face of history.

Q&A session with Monica Filimon

6:00 pm – Of Snails and Men (director Tudor Giurgiu, 2014, 93 min.)

Set at the beginning of the 1990’s, when, after witnessing the fall of Ceausescu’s regime, Romanians thought that everything was possible, Tudor Giurgiu’s bittersweet comedy hilariously depicts the difficulty of transplanting the American/capitalist dream into the chaotic Romanian society.

Q&A session with José Alaniz (University of Washington, Seattle)

7:45 pm – Closing Gala



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