Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival: Against All Odds

"Do not expect too much from the end of the world" by Radu Jude opens the festival.

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The Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival (BIEFF) returns to cinemas between September 26 and October 1.

Now in its thirteenth edition, BIEFF proposes more than 30 events addressed to both the movie fans and cinema professionals: three competitive sections that bring together the best short and feature films of the year, special programs curated in partnership with institutions prestigious events, meetings with filmmakers from all over the world, but also event screenings of some of the most anticipated films of the year.

One of the big surprises of the edition will be the screening at the opening. The film “Do not expect too much from the end of the world“, the new production signed by Radu Jude, which is causing a sensation among the spectators of the Locarno International Film Festival, will be previewed in Bucharest on October 26, from 19:00, at the Eforie Cinema.

Presented under the theme “Against All Odds”, the selection of films of the thirteenth edition of BIEFF explores current themes, while also questioning the way in which the supernatural continues to shape the imaginary of the contemporary world.

 “Every year at BIEFF, we want to offer our audience a selection of films that stand out both for the quality and the originality of the artistic visions they propose. Our hope is that viewing these films will provide viewers with both an overview of the state of contemporary cinema and an opportunity to reflect on current themes of cultural, political and social interest. This year, reaching the 13th edition, we asked ourselves – on a slightly playful note – in what way can today’s superstitions, rituals, myths and beliefs shape the imaginary of a globalized and hyper-digitalized world?”, emphasizes Oana Ghera, BIEFF artistic director.

Starting from the concepts of chance and change, as well as their potential to generate individual and collective emancipation, the films of this edition invoke in the darkness of the cinema hall spectral figures that haunt the border between the past, present and future , between the natural and the supernatural world, serving as a sometimes bright, sometimes dark mirror of the world we live in and of its future,” adds Oana Ghera.

BIEFF.13 will open with a first screening in the capital of the film Do not Expect Too Much from the End of the World, whose title quotes an aphorism by Stanisław Jerzy Lec. Half comedy, half road-movie, the new production signed by Radu Jude talks about work, exploitation in the context of the new type of “gig economy”, also questioning the ways of proliferation of images nowadays. 

The film is competing these days in the official competition of the 76th edition of the Locarno International Film Festival, where it has already attracted the attention of international publications.

Screen Daily describes it as “a typical, demanding but playful treatise on the state of the world, the complex connections between past and present and the creation and manipulation of images in a post-truth and deep fake era”, and Clarisse Fabre emphasizes in Le Monde that the film is “the most profound and corrosive political experience we have ever seen in the 2020s”.

Ilinca Manolache, Ovidiu Pîrsan, Dorina Lazăr and László Miske play the main roles, alongside the famous German actress Nina Hoss. The cast also includes actors Katia Pascariu, Șerban Pavlu, Nicodim Ungureanu, Ioana Iacob, Claudia Ieremia, Zita Moldovan, Rodica Negrea, Adina Cristescu and Sofia Nicolaescu. In a special appearance, viewers will be surprised to see filmmaker Uwe Boll on screen.

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