The Transylvanian International Film Festival (TIFF) was held from July 31st to August 9th. This year’s festival was marked by a record number of films: 21 features, including seven world premieres, and 16 short films were on the programme.
The world premieres include Tudor Cristian Jurgio’s And They May Still Be Alive Today (Romania / Greece), Radu Săvescu’s Begin (Romania) and Well… by Andrei Zincă (Romania / United States).
Two films presented at the Berlinale were also screened, Cristi Puiu’s Malmkrog (Romania / Serbia / Switzerland / Sweden / Bosnia-Herzegovina / North Macedonia) and Radu Jude’s Uppercase Print (Romania).
The first is about wealthy friends staying in a country house. As they divide their time between gourmet meals and board games, each begins to reveal his vision of the world. Gradually, animated conversations become heated arguments and tempers fray.
Uppercase Print tells the story of a Romanian teenager, Mugur Calinescu. In 1981 he used to write graffiti criticising the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Then he was arrested and interrogated by the secret police: everything came to a stop.
Of the 21 feature-length films, 10 are documentaries. Among those presented in pre-release were Acasă – My Home by Radu Ciorniciuc (Romania), Alexander Nanau’s Collective and Wood a co-production by Monica Lăzurean Gorgan, Michaela Kirst and Ebba Sinzinger.
Marona’s Fantastic Tale by Anca Damian was the only animated film selected for this year’s TIFF.