As the country’s oldest and largest international film festival, the 2020 Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) will again highlight the best of Romania’s filmmaking community with its centerpiece Romanian Days programme.
This year, the 19th edition of TIFF brings a generous helping of non-fiction features with 10 of the programmes 21 films representing the genre. Highlights amongst them are the #Sundance Special Jury winning Acasă, My Home from Director Radu Ciorniciuc. Alexander Nanau’s disturbing Colectiv will feature, as well as the history tracing Delta Bucureștiului (Dir. Eva Pervolovici). Lemn (dir. Monica Lăzurean Gorgan, Michaela Kirst, and Ebba Sinzinger) exposes the illegal logging practices of major companies, while Totul nu va fi bine looks at the first generation born after the Chernobyl disaster.
In lighter fare, Casa cu păpuși (dir. Tudor Platon) follows a group of septuagenarian women who take an annual vacation together and Alex Bendea’s Profu’ is a humorous portrait of an unconventional teacher. Așteptați răspunsul operatorului (dir. Pavel Cuzuioc) follows modern communication through an international diverse array of cable technicians.
Finally, two films following the legacy of the #Soviet Union# will also feature as part of Romanian Days. First, Leontina Vătăman-Mărgineanu’s Siberia din oase collects testimonies from deportees to Siberia from Bessarabia. Then, Grădina Sovietică (dir. Dragoș Turea) looks at Nikita Khruschev’s secret experiments using atomic energy in agriculture, where Bessarabia also plays prominently
The 2020 Transilvania International Film Festival takes place between 31 July – August 9 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Its Romanian Days programme will also feature new films from acclaimed directors Radu Jude, Cristi Puiu, and many more.
Featured Image: Acasă, My Home, a film by Radu Ciorniciuc