Romanian Film Festival

TRANSITIONS: Spirituality and Contemporary Life in Romania

April 26 – April 29, 2014

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Discover cinematic gems featuring award-winning filmmakers and enthralling debuts. The audience will have the opportunity to experience the multifaceted aspects of contemporary Romanian cinema. The film festival will introduce students and the general public to the vibrant and groundbreaking Romanian New Wave.

The filmmakers and screenwriters showcased by the festival grapple in unique ways with the relationship between art and power, censorship and repression, the cultural and linguistic diversity of Eastern Europe, and the challenges of living through post-communism.

The program includes Cristian Mungiu’s celebrated thriller “Beyond the Hills” which won awards for best screenplay and best actresses, Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur, at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, and Serban Oliver Tãtaru’s documentary “Anatomy of a Departure” (2013). In addition, since director Serban Oliver Tãtaru and Cannes-winning actresses Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur will be our special guests, the audience will have a unique opportunity to hear from them during our Q&As and roundtables. The Romanian film festival sparks an interdisciplinary and comparative discussion on the legacy of the Soviet era in the contemporary world, and invites its audiences to see key moments in post-1945 European history from a Romanian perspective.

The event is presented by the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies at Stanford University (CREEES) and the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley (ISEEES) in conjunction with Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford University, the Europe Center, Stanford UniversityBechtel International Center, Stanford UniversityGraduate Student Council, Stanford University, the Romanian Student Association, Stanford University, and the Special Language Program, Stanford University (SLP)the Graduate Film Working Group at UC Berkeley, with additional support from the Language Center, Stanford UniversitySlavic Department, Stanford University, the Honorary Consulate of Romania in San Francisco, Dana Beldiman, Honorary Consul General, George Roth, Honorary Consul, Department of Cinema, San Francisco State UniversityDepartment of  Theatre Arts, San Francisco State University,  Blue Collar FilmsUNAFF/UNAFF Traveling Film Festival, Palo Alto/StanfordGoethe Institute, San Francisco, CA, Casa Romana (Bay Area Romanian Community)California European Cultural Initiative/Hungarian Film Festival in San Francisco (CECI)Recognos Inc.KNOTCH,  and the “Nicolae Tonitza” High School, Bucharest, Romania, Fundatia Semn, Romania, and sponsored by the Stanford Graduate Student CouncilBillie Achilles FundBechtel International Center, Stanford University, and the Romanian Cultural Institute, New York.