Transilvania Film Festival (TIFF 2009)
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It all started out in 2002 when a handful of people had an idea and a will to start out a film festival in the capital of
Seven years later it became one of the biggest film festivals in
It also became the traditional premiere venue of domestic features which later became landmarks of the “Romanian New Wave” of filmmakers like Occident (by Cristian Mungiu), The Death of mr. Lazarescu (by Cristi Puiu), 12:08 East of Bucharest (by Cristi Mitulescu), The Paper Will Be Blue (by Radu Muntean), and the winner of the 2007 Palme d’Or at The Cannes Festival • 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days.
Over the years famous actors and actresses were presented with The Lifetime Achievement Award including Julie Delpy, Michael Radford, Annie Girardot, Udo Kier, Vanessa Redgrave, Nicolas Roeg or Franco Nero.
This year’s edition has 209 movies from 47 countries and several meeting point with actors and critics. Also there will be 3 open air venues, one of them being set as a drive in on the
So if you’ll ever be in
As today, June 4th, here’s a wee list of the movies I’ve seen so far (you can buy a season ticket for the festival):
The Countess (France/Germany 2009) • Great movie about the life of one of the most cruel, feared and intrigued figures of the late 16th century, Countess Elizabeth Bathory.
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Citizen Havel (Czech Republic 2008) • A stunning documentary about the life of Vaclav Havel, the first president of
Country Wedding (Iceland 2008) • A comedy about a wedding couple that decides to have the religious ceremony in the country side few hours drive from Reykjavik, but soon realize they got lost. So now you have 2 busses of wedding guests lookin for a church in the country side speakin on the phone to a drunken priest who’s giving them directions.
Hunger (UK/Ireland 2008) •
Thomas (Finland 2008) • A movie about an old man named Thomas that lives by himself in his below street level apartment accompanied by a radio, a chess board and a photo of his late wife.
7 Blind Woman Filmmakers (2004-2008 Iran) - In spring 2004, Mohammad Shirvani decided to answer an old question in his mind. What should he do if he, as a film director, would become sightless? He was wondering if he could keep filmmaking. This film has been made by seven blind women to answer that question.
Home (Switzerland/France/Belgium 2008) • A family lives happily just meters away to a disaffected highway. After its reopening they struggle to get on with their lives.
The Bone Man (Germany 2009) • A man went missing again and the only clue leads to the Löschenkohl Restaurant, a well-known country inn which specializes in roast chicken. Cryptic cinematic entertainment at its very best.
White Night Wedding (Iceland 2008) • Another Icelandic comedy about weddings. A middle-aged professor is going to get married to one of his ex-students, half his age. But the mother-in-law insists he pays back a loan before the wedding night.
Acne (Uruguay 2007) • 13-year old Rafael lost his virginity but he has never kissed a girl. To reach his dream he will have to combat his acne, struggle against his sloppiness, beat his shyness, and assume the adolescence.
Valentino The Last Emperor (USA 2008) - Produced and directed by Matt Tyrnauer, Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine, this irresistible documentary is an intimate, engaging, and humorous exploration of one of Italy’s most extravagant icons and his celebrated fashion career: Valentino.
Apocalypse on Wheels (Romania 2008) • Every city deserves its traffic. A documentary about driving in
A Complete History of My Sexual Failures (UK 2008) - independent filmmaker Chris Waitt interviews his ex-girlfriends in an attempt to find out why they dumped him. It’s a very funny sketch of sexual politics in modern-day
Tandoori Love (Switzerland 2008) - Sonja is a waitress happily engaged to her boss Markus. Everything changes when an Indian chef working on a Bollywood film set enters her life. Sonja now has to chose between marriage and adventure.
Weddings, Music and Videotapes (Romania 2008) A behind-the-scenes look at the Romanian weddings in which photographers, cameramen and singers across the country explain themselves, tell their life stories and present their very own styles in editing, showing off their talent.
This years Promo Video of TIFF is a
And the link to Festival's site Here