King of the Belgians, the comedy written and directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, is opening the 16th edition of the Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF) on June 2, 2017, starting 20:45hrs in Unirii Square, Cluj-Napoca. So, the successful duo of the independent film (Altiplano, The fifth season) comes back to Cluj with a Balkan-style story, highly esteemed by the critics and the audience altogether. Tickets for the opening gala cost RON 30 and are already available at www.biletmaster.ro and directly on TIFF 2017 application.
One of the surprises of the night will be the extraordinary concert performed by the „Black Sea Mermaids”, the female film band led by Nina Nikolina, the folk music star in Bulgaria.
The band consists of female singers selected from famous Bulgarian choirs: The Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices, Grammy winner in 1990, Filip Kutev Ensemble, Slavey Quartet and Cosmic Voices from Bulgaria.
The opening gala will have more special guests, like the US female director and script writer Jessica Woodworth, actors Peter Van den Begin, Titus de Voogdt and Lucie Debay, starring in the King of the Belgians. „The film is a delightful farce about the monarchy’s contradictions, of Belgium and of the Balkans”, as Variety stated. The movie had its sold-out premiere at the Venice Festival, and toured Valladolid, Sao Paolo, Hamburg or Salonic later on.
During a state visit to Turkey, the Belgium’s King finds out that, in his absence, his country has split. He decides to go back home, but a solar storm affects all communication networks. With no phone and without being able to fly back to Belgium, but with a little help from a British film director and from a Bulgarian folk music band, the king leaves the country in disguise and embarks on the adventure of his life, in a mad road trip across the Balkans.
The other surprises
Que Dios Nos Perdone, the thriller directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen (winner of the Transilvania trophy with Stockholm), will close the TIFF on June 11. In Madrid during the fever of rolling out the red carpet for the Pope’s visit, two police officers realize they are no better than the criminal they are after.
Besides The History of Love, by Radu Mihăileanu, that will be officially released on June 5, one of the most expected events at TIFF this year will be Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, by David Lynch, screened on a large-size screen in digitally restored copy, 25 years after the premiere.
The Unirii Square in Cluj will also host the premiere in Romania of one of the most expected French films of the year: Dalida (directed by Lisa Azuelos) tells the story of the Egyptian-born singer and actress who has been awarded over 70 golden discs and the first artist who has been ever won the platinum and the diamond disc. Dalida is a touching homage paid to the diva of the 50s.
For the action movies fans, TIFF has brought South Korea’s Oscar proposal, The Age of Shadows (by Kim Jee-woon). It is a thriller based on historical facts dating back in eraly 20th century, when Japan was under Korean occupation.
Indian cinema is also present with Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, the second part of the S. S. Rajamouli’s box-office success.
La pazza gioia / Like Crazy directed by Paolo Virzì is coming directly from Cannes, telling the story of the moving friendship between two women, patients in a psychiatriac clinic.