European Film Festival to start on May 7

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The 13th edition of the European Film Festival under the logo Films of All Sorts brings 40 films from 24 countries, some of them to be screened in the presence of their directors, to Bucharest and to another three Romanian cities, namely Timisoara, Iasi and Brasov over May 7-31.

‘It is an atypical festival, it is not a contest and has no agent either. This year edition has no topic, the sole one being the films’ quality.

The Films All Sorts logo points to the diversity of the projections this year, the films are really different, the Festival’s director Ariadna Ponta told a news conference at the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR), on Tuesday.

Also attending the news conference were ICR president Horia Roman Patapievici, Filmmakers Union’s vice-president Constantin Pivniceru, the Romanian Peasant Museum (MTR) PR and Marketing director Mihai Gheorghiu, the deputy head of the EU Commission’s Representation Office in Romania Iulia Deutsch and film critic Alex Leo Serban.

Leo Serban named several films that cinemagoers should not miss such as ‘Gomorrah’ (2008) directed by Matteo Garrrone, „Les Plages ďAgnes” (The Beaches of Agnes) (France) directed by Agnes Varda, „Il y a longetemps que je t’aime” (I’ve Loved You So Long) (France-Germany) director: Philippe Claudel, but also films by Romanian directors, such as Radu Jude („The Happiest Girl in the World”) or Radu Gabrea („Gruber’s Journey”).

Described by Patapievici as the result of a beautiful institutional cooperation, but above all of an institutional solidarity, this year, the European Film Festival shows films to all tastes and all genres, from comedies to dramas, to action films or documentaries.

This year’s selection shows both fiction films and documentaries and an absolute novelty is the presence of the Russian Federation that presents two documentaries and a feature film, the „Collectress” directed by Tatyana Firsova.

„Gomorrah” the film directed by Matteo Garrone screening Roberto Saviano’s same-named novel will be presented in the opening of the 13th edition of the European Film Festival, at the CinemaPro Cinema Hall, in Bucharest, on May 7.

Each of the Festival’s galas, namely in Bucharest, Timisoara, Iasi and Brasov will benefit from the presence of the directors of the films to be on.
Festival is organised by the ICR with the support by the EC Representation Office in Romania, the Union of the Romanian Filmmakers, the Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Independence Film and New Films.

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