– Short films, fiction and documentaries in the competition section –
Today September 14 is the start of the seventh edition of the Buzau International Film Competition, now in its seventh edition, which will present to the public four sections totaling 33 short and feature films (fiction and documentary) from more than 18 countries, many of which will premiere in Romania and which will be visible Only in the context of the festival. The films can be viewed daily, between 14 and 19 September, in the theater hall of Georges Ciprien and in the amphitheater of the Provincial Museum in Buzau.
The official opening of the BUZZ IFF 2022 will take place at 18:00, with the screening of the film “Balaur” (Der. Octav Chelaru, Romania, 2021), followed by a question-and-answer session with the director and part of the film. The team (actors Milena Manovici and Sergio Smeria), the award ceremony on September 18, from 18:00, presents the audience with the film “The Commander of Silence” (Der. Ovidiu Georgescu, Romania, 2022) and a question-and-answer session with the film team and with the director also in the auditorium J Cyprien Theatre.
The films in the Feature Film Competition are:
Neighbour (Switzerland, Iraq, Syria, 2021, Manu Khalil, Drama, 2 hours 4 minutes, Nominated at Shanghai International Film Festival and Palm Springs International Film Festival, winner for Best Film and Best Screenplay at the Red Sea International Film Festival)
Synopsis: With a sense of humor and irony, the film tells of a childhood, between dictatorship and dark drama, that also has moments of light. How much friendship, love, and solidarity is possible in times of oppression and tyranny?
Strong crust, weak/hard crust, soft crust (France, 2021, Der. Emma Penistan, Comedy, Romance, 1 h 39 min, Nominated for Best Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Best Foreign Film at the Beirut International Women’s Festival)
Summary: Az works for an oyster farm in Sète. He knows oysters by heart and opens them by the hundreds. In one, Az decides to hide a ring, to ask his girlfriend Jess to marry him. She didn’t say yes.
plan A (Germany, Israel, 2021, Der. Yoav Paz and Doron Paz, Drama, Thriller, 1h49min, Nominated for Best Film at Haifa International Film Festival and Best Film at Israel Film Academy Awards)
Abstract: In 1945, a group of Jewish Holocaust survivors plotted to poison Germany’s water system. The film chronicles the dangerous and daring covert operation dubbed Plan A.
The Lost Year 1986 / The Chernobyl Clouds (Romania, 2022, director Ligia Ciorni, drama, historical, suspense, 1 hour 16 minutes.)
Abstract: Europe soon felt the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. In Romania, the desperate actions of the communist regime affected many residents of the north. Because of radiation, women are forced to abort by improvised methods (under indirect pressure from the party).
Irina, a teacher in the village where she lives, mother of two children and wife of a ship captain, is pressured by her family and has to make a terrible decision. Will he choose to surrender or will he take his life at any cost?
Undertaker / I am Casamortari (Italy, Spain, 2022, dir. Claudio Amendola, comedy, 1 h 39 min.)
Abstract: In Rome, Casamurtari are people who work in funeral homes. The Pasti family company was founded by Giuseppe, who is willing to do anything to turn the corpse into money, preferably black.
Documentaries that can be watched are: Journey to Twilight Journey to Twilight (Italy, France, 2021, dir. Augusto Contento), who traces the paths to the cold darkness of the decline of family, patriarchal society, educational corporations, religion and land where there is a common common space formed by selfish, even revolutionary, from Italy, dystopia / dystopia (Portugal, 2021, Dir. Thiago Alfonso), a film showing the changes in the social fabric of Porto from 2007 to 2020 – demolitions, evictions and displacements affecting the Roma community of Basilo, residents of Bairro do Aleixo and sellers from Vieira yes Fandoma and Delta from Bucharest / Delta Bucharest (Romania, 2020, dir. Eva Pervolovici), the second feature-length documentary by the director, already known to the audience for the film “Marusia” (2013), the story of which is told through the voices of actresses Sandrine Bonaire and Ada Kondesco.
Among the 21 short films in this year’s competition are films from 10 countries, including a selection of student short films, which will be broadcast on Sunday, September 18, from 3:00 p.m., in the amphitheater of the Provincial Museum in Buzau.
The jury of the feature film competition brings together actress Olympia Melient, known to the audience for her role in the TV series “Vlad” and for her numerous roles in films that have been recognized at prestigious festivals, agent Isabella Jolo who represents, among others, the actors. Franco Nero and John Turturro, and about the independent Greek director, writer and producer, known for his documentaries, miniseries and feature films, Dimitris Koziasakos. The competitions for short films and documentaries are judged by 2K Films founder, director, producer and consultant for several feature films, documentaries, TV shows, co-producer of several award-winning international projects George Kalomenopoulos, director and editor Alex Bentica, who directed the musical “Trecut de ora 8” He worked as an editor on films such as “#dogpoopgirl” (dir. Andrei Huțuleac), “Nine Stories of Love and Hate in Solitude” (Dir Dan Chiu) and “Mystery Simple Case” (dir. Vera Surățel), director Mihai Dragulya, film specialist The documentaries that have been broadcast at some of the most important festivals in Europe (Jihlava IDFF, TIFF and Odense IFF) and producer Daniel Mitulescu known for films ‘How did you spend the end of the world?’
The program of the week is available on the websites https://biaf.ro and buzz-iff.com and on the Facebook pages of the BUZZ IFF and Buzău International Arts Festival.
The Buzău International Film Festival – BUZZ IFF – aims to promote high-quality productions from European countries and bring Buzău films that rarely hit the big screens in Romania, giving audiences the opportunity to directly connect with European cinema.
BUZZ IFF is a festival held with the support of the National Center of Cinematography.
This year’s edition, the seventh of BUZZ IFF, takes place within the Buzău International Arts Festival, a one-month festival, taking place from 20 August to 20 September 2022, organized by CulturAll and Culture Boulevard, in partnership with Buzau City Council and Alexandru Margeloman Center Cultural and Educational, a cultural project funded by the Ministry of Culture.
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