FILMIKON, the international festival of films awarded by ecumenical juries, the first edition in Bucharest

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The SIGNIS Romania Association announces the first edition of the FILMIKON International Festival, which proposes a selection of films awarded over the years by ecumenical and interreligious juries, in over 30 film festivals around the world, but also a dialogue about Christian and human values starting from to these productions.

Since 1974, the Ecumenical Jury Award is an independent award given to feature films from the competitions of international film festivals around the world, such as Cannes or Berlin.

FILMIKON will take place in Bucharest between January 18 – 25 at Cinema Elvire Popesco, Cinema Union and St. Joseph’s Cathedral. All films will be followed by discussions to which theologians (representatives of several Christian denominations in Romania – Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical or Protestant) will be invited, as well as psychologists and people of culture.

The event will open with a preview screening of Wim Wenders’ latest film – Perfect Days – winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize at Cannes 2023. The jury motivated its choice as follows: “Perfect Days is a masterpiece of cinematographic art, a jewel with deeply poetic accents. The film tells a powerful human story of hope, beauty and the transfiguration of everyday life.”

The screening will be followed by a dialogue with the Roman Catholic priest Francisc Doboș.

The program of the first edition of the festival consists of films that touch the spiritual dimension of existence and that illustrate human complexity, depict serious social realities, reveal the lights and shadows of family and friendship relationships, discover the worries and concerns of children in the world of adults or articulate the struggle for freedom and human rights.

Spectators will have the opportunity to watch recent productions such as the Romanian film Freedom/Libertate (dir. Tudor Giurgiu, awarded at CineFest Miskolc 2023), or Totem (dir. Lila Avilés, awarded at Berlin 2023) and The Old Oak (dir. Ken Loach, mention at Cannes 2023), but also films that have been appreciated by ecumenical juries in past years: Capernaum (dir. Nadine Labaki, awarded at Cannes 2016) and God Exists and His Name is Petrunija (dir. Teona Strugar Mitevska, awarded at Berlin, 2019 ).

The program also includes a spectacular dinner-concert, which will take place at St. Joseph’s Cathedral: The Passion of Joan of Arc, a French silent film from 1928 directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, will be accompanied live by organist Alexandre Catau who will interpret, through the technique of improvisation, the soundtrack of the film.

Another special event will be the screening of the documentary For my Brother in Exile/Fratelui meu din exil (2009, dir. Anca Berlogea-Boariu), in which the actor Dan Condurache plays the role of Monsignor Vladimir Ghika. The film starts from the letters he sent to his brother Dimitrie and talks about the installation of the communist regime in Romania and the totalitarian state’s attempt to abolish the Greek-Catholic Church.

Ileana Bîrsan, film critic and director of FILMIKON said: “The cinema proposes different visions that reflect contemporary challenges and problems from which we should not turn our eyes, and the representation of man in the world through film often brings us face to face with conflicts or choices that we do not understand or disagree with. The films offered to the public contain universal values in particular stories and are, in fact, a pretext, a starting point for reflection and dialogue, in the hope of (re)discovering the spiritual dimension of existence, of cultivating human rights and responsibilities, of true encounter with the other .”

The fill programme of FILMIKON will be available soon on eventbook.ro, and at Facebook page SIGNIS România

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