The Romanians - 30 Years of Cinema Revolution

Opens January 31, 2020

For its 2019 edition, Making Waves in New York celebrated 30 years since the Revolution of 1989 with a 30-film retrospective of Romanian Cinema. This is the largest Romanian film program presented in the U.S. to date.

American Romanian Cultural Society (ARCS) and Making Waves - New Romanian Cinema join SIFF and Northwest Film Forum in bringing a selection of 10 films from this program to Seattle. Please visit ARCS website for the entire program of the retrospective:

https://www.arcsproject.org/project/the-romanians-30-years-of-cinema-revolution/

In the 30 years since the 1989 Romanian Revolution and the fall of Communism, history has been a persistent theme in Romanian cinema. In the 1990s, directors who found themselves freed from the tyranny of censorship rushed out in the open to tell stories from the recent past. In the following two decades, younger directors went back in time on their own terms and came up with a fresh perspective on the communist era. Even when they chronicled the present in sharp slices of life, the dark shadows of the past still haunted their contemporary stories. And then there is the enigma of the Romanian Revolution itself, which continues to beg for closure.

Despite its apparent diversity, this retrospective works best as a history lesson served in the most entertaining form: movies.

Full Series Package (5 films) - $45

SIFF Member Full Series Package (5 films) - $30

General Admission Ticket - $13

Student/Youth General Admission Ticket - $10

SIFF Member General Admission Ticket - $7 each

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Snails' Senator

Romania | 1995 | 112 minutes | Mircea Daneliuc

January 31, 2020

SIFF Film Center

Senator Vîrtosu spends the weekend at a guesthouse formerly owned by the Communist Party, where he is disrupted by a crew of Swiss journalists filming in the area.

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California Dreamin' (Endless)

Romania | 2007 | 155 minutes | Cristian Nemescu

January 31, 2020

SIFF Film Center

A NATO gun shipment supervised by an American officer is scheduled to cross Romania via train during the Kosovo war of the late 1990s.

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Stuff and Dough

Romania | 2001 | 90 minutes | Cristi Puiu

February 1, 2020

SIFF Film Center

This debut feature by The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu and Sieranevada director Cristi Puiu is one of the first examples of the post-Ceauşescu Romanian filmmaking renaissance.

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Niki and Flow

Romania | 2003 | 105 minutes | Lucian Pintilie

February 1, 2020

SIFF Film Center

Angela and her husband have decided to leave Romania for a life in the United States, while their parents have difficulties accepting this decision.

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Pororoca

Romania | 2017 | 152 minutes | Constantin Popescu

March 27, 2020

SIFF Film Center

This film deals with every parent's worst nightmare: the devastating disappearance of a beloved child, and the desperate struggle to stay sane while trying to save the couple's marriage.

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