2016 Competition

THE BLOCK

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From neighbourly disputes over garlic-heavy cooking to memories of Ceaușescu’s heatless winters, this film explores the rich social and material universe of a Romanian apartment building. It follows the story of the block’s administrator, in his effort to mediate relationships between neighbours and maintain peace and order...

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GIANT

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Giant was filmed at the famous, Romanian, Communist-era gymnastics schools of Onesti and Deva where people still train fanatically. Top young gymnasts talk about their love of the sport, their fears and dreams. The combination with archival material from the 1970s onwards reveals links between the photogenic sport and the severe, modernist architecture of the sports centres...

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IAȘI MEMORIES

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In 2013, Romulus Balazs, the director of the film, discovered a book highlighting an historic event of Romania, his native country, which he knew nothing about: its participation in the Holocaust. Browsing through it, he came across a series of photographs taken during a pogrom in the Romanian city of Iasi (the 2nd biggest city in the country)...

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IA ALTITUDINE

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A team of professionals and 48 volunteers are building a new rescues point in the Fagaras Mountains, at 2160 meters high. Built in extreme conditions, the project is an innovation. The film follows these spectacular building process...

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THE LAST KEY-HOLDER

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Johann Schaas is the last member of the Saxon community in Richis, small village in Romania. He keeps the key to the evangelic church in his city. There is a tradition that only the finest man from the village can be the key-holder...

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MATACHE – WORK IN REGRESS

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Matache area, in downtown Bucharest, has gone through radical changes that have influenced the community, leaving the neighbourhood in a state of social and economic disintegration.  The documentary film “Matache – Berzei Buzesti” made by Dragos Lumpan is based on extensive footage...

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THE MARBLE VILLAGE

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There are places where (reportedly) nothing happens. People left and never came back, others died, and a few remained. Nothing new under the sun: this is the story of industrialisation and urbanisation. But what is left behind. Or is it better to ask: who...

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UP STAIRS

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UP STAIRS is an experimental dance film that uses the ladder as a performative pretext and as a symbol of the reactivated utilitarian / public space, reinterpreted and recreated through the interaction with the body, senses and personal filters. Involving six performers form the Romanian dance community, the metaphorical composition of the film follows a line of deconstruction and reconstruction of the space that meets the body – from dark to light, from monument to ruin, from green, alive, natural to technology...

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WHITE IS THE NEW WHITE

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In Romania – Arad, in a former textile factory, the possibility of an alternative place for art is being questioned by the director of the film and, broadly, by a young initiative group for independent cultural events, which the director is part of...

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