Sold out at BIEFF 2016 opening gala. Romanian films in the limelight

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The Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival (BIEFF) kicked off on Monday evening, with an overcrowded audience present at the CinemaPRO to see the preview of Aleksandr Sokurov’s „Francophonie”. Following its success, the best European film at the Venice Film Festival will be screened one more time on Thursday, March 17 at the Peasant Museum Cinema at 8 p.m.

The premieres’ series continues on Wednesday with the latest feature film directed by Lithuanian filmmaker Sharunas Bartas, ‘Peace to Us in Our Dreams’, which had its world release at Cannes last year. The screening in Bucharest is due at the Elvire Popescu Cinema on March 16, 19:30.

Focus on the Romanian experimentalists

The experimental area of the Romanian cinema will be again in the limelight through the Experimented Romania programme due on Sunday, March 20 at 5 p.m. at the Romanian Peasant Museum Cinema. The section is a selection of the latest video performances made by Romanian artists that BIEFF is screening in theatres for the first time, as they had been previously on display only through galleries and museums.

No Shelter from the Storm is a video equipment located in a devastated, cleared forest which cannot host and hide anymore people in danger. Besides the ecological perspective on the multinational corporations’ mass destruction, the video talks about the human condition and about loneliness in a country fighting to preserve its habitat. The optimist note can be found in the whistling of two artists, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, perceived as a getting over from loneliness to collective solidarity.NOSHELTERFROMTHESTORM00002

Ion Bârlădeanu is an already known figure due to the „World seen by Ion B.” documentary signed by Alexander Nanau. Carmen Lidia Vidu images him in her „Bucharest. A World of Ion Bârlădeanu and Carmen Lidia Vidu” film starting with his famous collages. The film director makes her own cinema collage catching both the acclaimed homeless artist’ impredictable personality and the critical/ironic speech against the Romanian society.Bucuresti. O lume de Ion Barladeanu si Carmen Lidia Vidu5

Veda Popovici proposes in the “Revolutionary Gear: The History of Art Retold through the Black Square” video performance a reassessment of some major history art works depicting women during the Antiquity, or the Renaissance. The author embarks on a feminist speech inviting you to choose your own revolutionary equipment: the action of attending or contemplating.Revolutionary-Gear-de-Veda-Popovici

At the Mirror by Larisa Crunțeanu is shaping a maturity passing ritual, while Exercising Failure by Dragoș Alexandrescu is building a personal interpretation of the outage of the modern doctrines. Cobalt Blue by Diana Miron is tabling a captivating reflection on the link between esthetics and body.


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