The Romanian Film Festival in Seattle

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Visiting Program
To BE, to LONG or to BELONG? In tune with our title "One Eye Laughing, One Eye Crying:[Be]longing", we played along with the Romanian taste for dark humor and selected award-winning films that will stir up questions, emotions, and will challenge your sense of belonging to or longing for a given country, culture, ethnic group or generation.

The American Romanian Cultural Society is proud to announce the 3rd Romanian Film Festival. Through a variety of genres (animation, documentary, comedy, drama), we will explore the ways in which we relate to the others and the world. Local and international special guests will present the movies and interact with the audience.

ARCS thanks its partners, The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, and The Romanian Government Department for Relations with Romanians Abroad of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for their help and support organizing this event, as well as to the numerous local institutions, businesses and private donors who helped us.

For more information on the festival visit romanianfilmfestseattle.com


Tickets:
$12.00 | General Admission
$8.00 | Children, Students, Seniors (65+)
Festival Pass available: $50 | $35 SIFF members

Why Me?

November 18 - 19, 2016

Romania | 2015 | 125 minutes | Tudor Giurgiu

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Romanian Film Festival
Q/A with director Tudor Giurgiu and producer Oana Giurgiu, moderated by Monica Filimon
Based on real events, Why Me? tells the tragic story of a young idealistic prosecutor who tries to solve a complex case of corruption in present-day Romania. An honest, brave investigation of one of the darkest pages of the country's 21st century history, masterfully created by one of the most highly praised directors of post-communist Romania.

Aliyah DaDa

November 19, 2016

Romania | 2015 | 115 minutes | Oana Giurgiu

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Romanian Film Festival
Q/A with director Oana Giurgiu, moderated by Monica Filimon
This must-see documentary explores the reality and myths about the massive migration of Romanian Jews to the Holy Land: from the 19th century Jewish settlers in Palestine, who abandoned their modern life in Eastern Europe and chose a life of hardship in a hostile land, to the hidden horrors of the Holocaust in Romania, and the Romanian communists' secret deals for "trading" the Jewish population to Israel.

Dogs

November 19 - 20, 2016

Romania | 2016 | 104 Minutes | Bogdan Mirica

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Romanian Film Festival
US premiere! Praised for its hard hitting No Country for Old Men quality, Bogdan Mirica's debut film follows a young man from the city, who arrives in a remote border village in Dobrogea (a province in the south of Romania). While making plans to sell his late grandfather's estate, he witnesses a series of unsettling events. Moderated by Robert Horton.

Silent Wedding

November 19, 2016

Romania | 2008 | 87 Minutes | Horatiu Malaele

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Romanian Film Festival
Q/A with Director Horatiu Malaele, moderated by Monica Filimon
Based on a true story that happened in a Romanian village in 1953, the film tells us about a wedding interrupted by the State's announcement of Stalin's death and the declaration of a seven-day international mourning.

Mercy Street in 3D

November 20, 2016

Romania | 2016 | 74 Minutes | StefanBuzea, Alexandru Buzea, Nicolae Radu

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Romanian Film Festival
The first 3D animated feature film made in Romania uses a 100% autochthonous technique to tell the tale of a 10-year old boy who discovers a secret passage to an underground world called Haval. A great adventure ensues. It's final goal: nothing less than saving Music from the hands of the evil genius Marcus, who wants to misuse it it in order to become immortal. Moderated by Neely Goniodsky.

By the Rails

November 20, 2016

Romania | 2016 | 90 Minutes | Catalin Mitulescu

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Romanian Film Festival
A US premiere and winner of a Special Mention at Karlovy Vary this summer, Catalin Mitulescu's third movie explores the life of a young man, Adrian, who leaves his home and marriage for a year's work in Italy. When he returns home, nothing is like it was before and his wife acts as if they were never married. Moderated by Maryna Ajaja.

Happy Funerals

November 20, 2016

Romania | 2013 | 111 Minutes | Horatiu Malaele

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Romanian Film Festival
Q/A with director Horatiu Malaele, moderated by Monica Filimon
After three friends are told their future, including the exact date of their death and how they will die, a dark and funny series of events follows as they try to escape from the spell of this macabre prediction.