Ro-IFF 2015 surprises: XTREME and Midnight Film sections

Bucharest, August 17th 2015 – Between August 19th and 30th in Amfiteatru – La Pescarie in Vama Veche, the first stage of the eleventh edition of the annual Romania International Film Festival (Ro-IFF) will take place, presenting Romanian cinema-goers with films that are not distributed on the multiplex circuit. The second stage of the Festival will take place from the 19th to the 25th of October at Cinema Union in Bucharest. Starting with this year’s edition, the Festival includes two new sections dedicated to andrenaline junkies: XTREME and Midnight Film. 

In the XTREME section, dedicated to extreme sports, Ro-IFF will present in national premiere three films: 

 

´The Summit´/ ‘Vârful, directed by Nick Ryan, well known documentary director.

 

The 2008 K2 disaster occurred on 1 August 2008, when eleven mountaineers from international expeditions died on K2 (8611 m), the second-highest mountain on Earth. Three others were seriously injured. The series of deaths, over the course of the Friday ascent and Saturday descent, was the worst single accident in the history of K2 mountaineering. Some of the specific details remain uncertain, with different plausible scenarios for timing and actions by different climbers when reported later in eyewitness accounts from survivors or from radio communications of climbers who died later (sometimes minutes later) in the course of events on K2 that day. 

´Touching the Void´ / ´Culmile neantului´   directed by Kevin MacDonald, filmmaker awarded with the Oscar, BAFTA and BIFA. His work also includes The Last King of Scotland (2006), State of Play (2009) and the documentary Marley (2012), about Bob Marley.

When Joe Simpson fell off the 6344 meter high Andean mountain Siula Grande during an informal expedition with his friend Simon Yates, he shattered his leg, the bone splitting over his kneecap. They had only just started the descent and, with no rescue team, Simon began to lower Joe down the treacherous slopes until he accidentally sent him over a crevasse. There was no way back, and after desperately hanging on in the freezing cold for over an hour, Simon did the only thing he could - he cut the rope. Joe fell 50 meters into a cave of ice but miraculously survived, and his amazing mix of courage and blind stubbornness saw him inch his way back down the mountain over three agonizing days. Based on Simpson's book of the same name, written after the climbing community practically excommunicated Yates for his actions. 

The screening that we hope the audience who love film as well as climbing will enjoy is Romanian Expedition Everest 2003’. It is the film of the first and the only Romanian expedition on Mount Everest that took place in the year 2003. 12 years have passed since the successful expedition. Since then many mountaineers managed to reach the top, however, not within a Romanian expedition. Fourteen brave people decided to go on Mount Everest (8848). Not everyone succeeded. Only three of them reached the top but this made the entire expedition a success. The leader of this expedition was David Neacșu. Other members included: Teodor Tulpan, Lucian Bogdan, Marius Gane, Gheorghe Dijimărescu, Cornel Gălescu, Mihai Sima, Sorin Smilovici, Sebastian Koga, Șerban Georgescu, Vasile Dogaru, Daniel Pisică, Krishan George, Amadeo Rucăreanu. The ones who have reached the top are: Teodor Tulpan, 8:10 (Nepal time), Lucian Bogdan at 11.30 (Nepal time) and Marius Gane at 11.30 (Nepal time). The screening will take place in the presence of three of the members: Daniel Pisică, Lucian Bogdan, Cornel Gălescu and Marius Gane. The film is directed by Șerban Georgescu, member of the expedition. 

‘The Midnight Film’ is The Ghoul” / „Canibalul”, directed by Petr Jákl – a Czech production from 2015, showed in premiere. GHOUL is a supernatural thriller/horror film involving the real life story of the Soviet Union’s most violent serial killer and cannibal, Andrei Chikatilo who killed more than 50 people. Three Americans travel to the Ukraine to film a documentary about the cannibalism epidemic that swept through the country during the famine of 1932. They have chosen an area from which many more people are disappearing for no apparent reason than in the rest of the country. After being lured deep into the Ukraine forest for an interview with one of the last known famine survivors, they quickly find themselves trapped in a supernatural hunting ground. 

Petr Jakl was born in 1973 in Prague and he has been in film business for more than 25 years (actor, scriptwriter and producer). His directorial debut, the thriller KAJÍNEK (2010) was inspired by a real story about political corruption in The Czech Republic. It had the biggest box office opening of a Czech film ever and it was also successful in Czech and foreign Festivals. 

RO-IFF 2015 is giving audiences other suprises as well: an opening party on August 21st with Alt Om and Bully, Tiarra concert on August 22nd and MadDriven concert on August 28th. 

Romania International Film Festival is the only festival that promotes East-European filmmakers from the countries around the Black Sea (in the competition CineBlackSea) and also the only one in Romania that has a competitive section reserved for women filmmakers (Woman in Cinema). Ro-IFF joins all those who have joined their voices and actions to aid the Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, detained by Russian security (FSB) in May 2014. 

Those making this edition possible are, the National Centre of Cinematography and National Archive of Films – Romanian Film Library (institutional partners). Other partners and sponsors include: Zizin, Kfea.ro, Cramele Basilescu, DHL – logistic partner. Ro-IFF Festival is recommended by Prima TV and Kiss FM. Online media partner: RockZone.ro. Other online partners: AaRC.ro, Concerte Azi.ro, CineFan.ro, PRwave, iconcert, Radio Lynx, Metropotam, vinşieu, Feeder.ro.

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Romania International Film Festival (Ro-IFF), organized by the Pro Film Ro-IFF and Artis Foundation, is at the eleventh edition. Founded in 2005, Ro-IFF is the only international film festival which from the beginning addressed productions from the Black Sea countries (Russia, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and Romania). Initially the festival was reserved for these productions, but the festival expanded and in 2009 it was added a new competitive section, dedicated to the Woman-director / Women in Cinema. Details on www.ro-iff.ro.

Artis Foundation and the ProFilm Ro-IFF Association, as a main objective, support and promote culture, young people working in the field of culture (including young filmmakers), distribution and promotion of the values ​​of European cinema and the cinemas in the Black Sea region, an area with a diverse culture and a great creative potential.