Ro-IFF 2015 brings great films under the moonlight, in Vama Veche

Section 2x3 

Bucharest, August 26th 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

Section 2x3 of this year’s Festival presents films directed by Julie Delpy and Fatih Akin. 

 

Actress, director, screen writer and composer, Julie Delpy was born in France, in 1969. She studied directing at New York University. She was nominated for Best Actress, three times at the César Awards and two times at the Academy Awards. Delpy was discovered by the French director Jean-Luc Godard. In 1995 she directed her first short film ‘Blah Blah Blah’ that was selected at Sundance Film Festival. She co-wrote ‘Before Sunset’ in which she starred alongside Ethan Hawke. ‘Looking for Jimmy’ was her feature film debut which she directed as well as produced. ‘Before Midnight’ brought her an Academy Award nomination for ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’, alongside Ethan Hawke, and also a Golden Globe nomination for ‘Best Actress’.

Ro-IFF presents three films directed by Julie Delpy of which two have never had a premiere in Romania before.

 

 

 “2 Days in Paris” (premieră)

A European vacation was intended to repair the tattered relationship between American Jack (Adam Goldberg) and French native Marion (Julie Delpy). But, by the time they arrive in Paris to visit Marion's family, it is clear the trip is not going well. The city brings out aspects of Marion that only alienate neurotic Jack further, from her in-your-face politics to her former boyfriends, who surface in every cafe. Thus the most romantic city in the world could mean the end of the couple's romance. 

The film was produced in 2007 and Julie Delpy received a nomination at the César Awards for ‘Best Writing’. Delpy stars in this film alongside Daniel Brühl (Goodbye Lenin, Rush, Love in Thoughts) and Adam Goldberg (A Beautiful Mind, Norman, Saving Private Ryan). 

“2 Days in New York” (premieră) 

Marion (Julie Delpy) and Mingus (Chris Rock) live cozily—perhaps too cozily—with their cat and two young children from previous relationships. However, when Marion’s jolly father (played by Delpy’s real-life dad), her oversexed sister, and her sister’s outrageous boyfriend unceremoniously descend upon them for a visit, it initiates two unforgettable days that will test Marion and Mingus’s relationship. With their unwitting racism and sexual frankness, the French triumvirate hilariously has no boundaries or filters…and no person is left unscathed in its wake. 

The film was produced in 2012 as a sequel for 2 Days in Paris. 

Contesa” / “The Countess” 

The true story of Countess Bathory born in 1560. At the age of 14, she married a powerful warlord, 10 years her senior. Although their relationship became cold and distant she bore him four children. While he was away fighting wars, she kept up their estate with the help of her confidant, the witch Anna Darvulia, becoming increasingly powerful. She was feared, admired and loathed by many – even the King had to obey her wishes. After her husband died, she met a handsome young man. They fell passionately in love. However, she was desperately concerned that she was not young enough to keep him. For 12 years, she waited for his return and in mad desperation, began to bathe in the blood of virgins, convinced that it would provide her with eternal youth and beauty, setting in motion the chain of bloody and treacherous events that led to her demise.

Julie Delpy directed this film in 2009. It stars Daniel Brühl, William Hurt (nominated for an Academy Award for A History of Violence, Broadcast News, Children of a Lesser God, and Academy Award winner for Best Actor for Kiss of a Spider Woman), and Anamaria Marinca (Best Actress award at BAFTA for Sex Traffic, Best Actress nomination at the European Film Awards for 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days). 

Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg, Germany from Turhish parents. His first film was Short Sharp Shock which brought him the "Bronze Leopard" award in Locarno. Head On (Gegen die Wand) was a major success in 2004 and received several prizes, among them the Golden Bear award at Berlin Film Festival and the "Best Film" and the "Audience Award" at the 2004 European Film Awards (it was also screened at Ro-IFF in 2007). In 2007, Akin's The Edge of Heaven won the Best Screenplay Award at the 60th Cannes Film Festival.

 “Im July / “In July” (premieră)

 His students thumb their noses at him, the barkeepers ignore him in all of the hip joints he frequents and even his permanently spaced out neighbor has a better social life: how square can you get? Daniel, a young physics teacher wouldn't see happiness if it hit him in the face! But his drab existence as a teacher is about to change... he falls head over heals in love with a beautiful girl called Melek, and spontaneously decides to follow her to Istanbul. Daniel sets out for the long trip from Hamburg to Istanbul together with his crazy friend July, who sells jewelry and has always secretly worshipped Daniel. On this wild odyssey through south-eastern Europe he will discover a new self. He is beaten up, seduced, robbed, for the first time on drugs and busted by Turkish border guards, yet Daniel learns to fight for his happiness. And after this long journey he realizes that the laws of physics don't always apply in the real world 

The film is Akin’s second film. It was produced in 2000 and won many awards. The film stars Moritz Bleibtreu (Run Lola Run, The Experiment, The Cut) and Mehmet Kurtulus.
“The Soul Kitchen”

Zinos, a young restaurant-owner, is left by his long-term girlfriend Nadine. Zinos spends more time in the restaurant than with her, and she has just been offered a job in Shanghai.

After she left, Zinos decides to sell his restaurant.

Zinos doesn't know better but to follow Nadine - so he tries to sell the restaurant. And suddenly there are only three weeks to go before the closure.

In these three weeks, pure anarchy breaks out in the Soul Kitchen: the chef cooks what he's always wanted to cook, a new DJ gets the guests dancing after their meals, artists exhibit their work - and the guests like it. Rumours of the cult Soul Kitchen spread right around Hamburg.

At the very last party, Zinos realises it was a mistake to sell the restaurant. When he finds out it's going to be torn down to make way for a shopping mall, he moves heaven and earth to get the Soul Kitchen back...

The Soul Kitchen was produced in 2009 and was named by Akin ‘a break after two hard films’ (Head On and The Edge of Heaven). The film was nominated for the Best Film award at Donatello Awards.

“The Cut” / “Ruptura”

Mardin, 1915: one night, the Turkish police rounds up all the Armenian men in the city, including the young blacksmith, Nazaret Manoogian, who is separated from his family. Years later, after managing to survive the horrors of the genocide, he hears that his two daughters are also still alive. He becomes fixated on the idea of finding them and sets off to track them down. His search takes him from the Mesopotamian deserts and Havana to the barren and desolate prairies of North Dakota. On this odyssey, he encounters a range of very different people: angelic and kind-hearted characters, but also the devil incarnate.

The film will close our Festival and we dedicate it to the commemoration of the 100 years that have passed since the Armenian genocide. The film stars Tahar Rahim (César award for Best Actor and Best Actor at the European Film Awards, both for A Prophet) and Simon Abkarian (Casino Royale, Persepolis, he was awarded the Moliere award – the highest award in French theatre).

Maybe it wasn’t a coincidence that Simon Abkarian also starred in 1915 The Movie, the film that opens this year’s festival. Both films are dedicated to the commemoration of the Armenian genocide.

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.