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„6.9 on the Richter Scale” by Nae Caranfil to open TIFF 2016

6.9 on the Richter Scale”, Romanian director Nae Caranfil’s latest film will be released in the opening of the 15th edition of the Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF), due May 27th-June 5th.

Famous for „Filantropica”, „The Rest is Silence” and „Closer to the Moon” movies, the Romanian filmmaker comes back with his seventh feature film, a burlesque comedy about the middle age crisis, depression, and obsessive fear of earthquakes, all dotted with musical elements.

Caranfil’s film is a Romanian/Bulgarian coproduction from Cristian Mungiu producing through Mobra Films and Jelio Jelev through Jelfilm and will be distributed in Romania by Voodoo Films. The main character is played by Teo Corban (Aferim!, One Floor Below).

Caranfil describes the film as a “partially realist, partially wild” comedy, telling the story of a young theatre actor who is hardly sailing among the complicated part of a musical show, a jealous, depressive wife and the obsession of the big devastating earthquake, heralded by all experts as “imminent”. However, the real “quake” for him proves to be the unexpected arrival of his own father, after decades of absence. Manipulative and immoral, the father establishes himself in the son’s universe, totally seizing it and completely messing up his existence.

6.9 on the Richter Scale” will be screened in Unirii Square in Cluj-Napoca on May 27th, at 21:45, with Nae Caranfil also attending. The opening gala preceding the screening will start at 20:30 and will include, among other surprises, a memorable show of the French renowned band Transe Express. Pioneers of street arts, Transe Express’ dancers, musicians and acrobats performed shows in 80 countries and opened the Olympic Games in Albertville in 1992 and the Val d’Isere world ski cup in 2009.

Tickets for the opening gala cost RON 30 and are available at www.biletmaster.ro.

TIFF will end on June 5 at the same venue in Cluj with Belgica, the film that brought Belgian director Felix van Groeningen the Prize for direction at Sundance 2016.

The movie is a drama about the ups and downs of a life full of drug, alcohol and sex abuses, watching Belgica club’s success and decline, which have been inspired by the real story of two brothers, owners of the famous Charlatan club in Ghent.

TIFF is organized by the Association for Promoting the Romanian Film and the Association for the Transylvania Film Festival and has more institutional partners such as The Japan Foundation, Israel Embassy in Bucharest, Korea Embassy in Bucharest, the Austrian Cultural Forum, the French Institute in Bucharest and in Cluj-Napoca, Spain Embassy in Bucharest, the Polish Institute and the Wallonie-Brussels Delegation.

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