Record of almost 3,000 spectators, acrobatics at 45m high at TIFF opening

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Transylvania International Film (TIFF) kicked off on Friday night open air in Unirii Square of Cluj Napoca with an amazing acrobatics show performed by a French troupe and with the world premiere of „6.9 on Richter scale” directed by acclaimed Nae Caranfil.Deschidere_27.05_Nicu-12

The 15th edition of the renowned festival enjoyed a record of around 3,000 spectators who watched the opening gala presented by the festival’s president Tudor Giurgiu, the spectacular acrobatics and drummers show performed by French Transe Express, and Caranfil’s spiced comedy. Transe Express acrobats performed from a height of 45 metres with the help of a crane.Deschidere_27-05-2016_Chris Nemes_web_IMG_1533A new show by Transe Express including pyro effects this time took place at Banffy castle from Bonțida on Saturday evening.Deschidere_PiataUnirii_27-05-2016_Vlad_Cupsa_web_-172The opening gala was also attended by cosmonaut Dumitru Prunariu, the first Romanian astronat to whom TIFF dedicated a special screening on Saturday on the occasion of 35 years since its first flight in the outer space, as well as by Icelander artist Bardi Johansson and actor Manolo Cruz.

TIFF President Tudor Giurgiu told the opening ceremony that the festival is in the focus of the European cinema world.

He presented a moving clip about the way the city and the festival have been transformed in the past 15 years, also introducing the #TIFFMoments campaign, running on Instagram. During the festival, the photos uploaded on the Instagram accounts with #TIFFMoments hashtag will go live on the interactive screens installed in the Unirii Square and other locations in Cluj.

Tudor Giurgiu also announed that 400 tickets had already been sold for the special screening to honor Sophia Loren, Matrimonio all’italiana, which is due in the famous actress’ presence on June 3, at 18:30, at the Students’ Culture House.

The opening gala introduced some of the locations and special events of this year’s edition: Gilau Castle, Somes Open Air, Urania Palace, Week-end at the Castle and so on.

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