Spotlight: Romania.3 | Day 2

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Film & Experiment

The festival Spotlight: Romania is a showcase for contemporary Romanian cinema taking place every year in The Hague. With each edition we aim to reveal to Dutch audiences other angles of the creative and vibrant nowadays Romania.

The third edition, Spotlight: Romania.3, is dedicated to alternative cinema, to directors who engage in a type of filmmaking which is regarded as different than the established Romanian New Wave.

This year’s special side programming will present a selection of short films and video art in collaboration with Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival. We also teamed up with our friends at Kinodiseea International Children Film Festival with whom we are making the Kino and Cake film morning for children, teenagers and parents. 

Spotlight: Romania is a project by EASTWARDS, an independent cultural initiative promoting contemporary Eastern European art and culture in the Netherlands.

PROGRAM DAY 2

12:30 - 14:45 | Tearoom, Grote Zaal, Het Ketelhuis 
Matinee: Kino and Cake 

Spotlight: Romania.3 is presenting a special film matinee, a program dedicated to children, teenagers and their parents. Join us for a double parallel screening of wonderful Romanian films served with a perfect cake: the memory-cake by Lavinia. 

This program is a partnership with KINOdiseea International Children Film Festival and a collaboration with Lavinia Tanase, master cake-maker in the Hague, owner of Lavinia’s Cakes’n Buttons cafe.

12:30 - 13:00 | Tearoom 
Cake by Lavinia Cakes'n Buttons

13:00 - 14:20 | Grote Zaal
Kino for the smaller ones 
A Selection of short films and animation films (suitable for children aged 4 to 10 years old)
Special introduction: A History of Romanian Cinema re-told for kids
75 min
Tickets: Film & cake Online €8,50 | Kids €7,50 

13:00 - 14:45 | Het Ketelhuis
That trip we took with dad (Dutch premiere)
In 1968 a family from Arad embarks on a journey to the German Democratic Republic. (suitable for children 12+ and adults all ages)
Directed by Anca Miruna Lazarescu
Comedy. 2016. 110 min
Tickets: Film & cake Online €8,50 | Kids €7,50 

12:30 - 23:30 | Het Diepe 
Video installations. BIEFF at Spotlight: Romania.3 
A selection of hybrid works, mixing documentary techniques, 3D animation & collage, found footage and more in a series of very personal essays. 
Directed by Alexandru Petru Badelita, Mihai Grecu, Luiza Parvu and Toma Peiu, Mara Trifu
Free entrance

15:00 - 16:00 | Het Ketelhuis 
The Last Kalderash (Dutch premiere)
Romania is changing. Geo is a young Romani coppersmith whose only chance is emigration to Belgium
Directed by Cosmin Bumbut, Elena Stancu
DOC. 2016. 59 MIN
Tickets: Online €6 | Kassa €7

16:15 - 17:45 | Grote Zaal 
Out of the Present 
The first film ever shot in space on a 35mm camera, the documentery follows a cosmonaut’s trip to station MIR while the Soviet Union was dissolving.
Directed by Andrei Ujica
DOC. 1995. 90 min
Tickets: Online €6 | Kassa €7

18:30 - 20:15 | Grote Zaal 
BIEFF at Spotlight: Romania.3
Selection of films + special guest talk 
A mix of cinematic documentaries, animated collages, personal video essays, video art, found footage, fashion films and more.
Special Guest Talk: Dan Angelescu, associate curator and festival manager at BIEFF
Tickets: Online €6 | Kassa €7

20:45 - 23:15 | Grote Zaal 
California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit)
A railway chief delays a shipment of weapons for NATO forces during the Kosovo War in 1999.
Directed by Cristian Nemescu
Cast: Armand Assante, Rasvan Vasilescu, Maria Dinulescu, Ion Sapdaru, Andi Vasluianu
Comedy. 2006. 155 min.
Tickets: Online €6 | Kassa €7

During the war in Kosovo, in 1999, in a small Romanian village, the chief of the railway station stops a NATO train transporting military equipment. The transport, supervised by American soldiers, is crossing Romania without official documents, based only on verbal approval of the Romanian government. The arrival changes the place into the village of all opportunities. 

Cristian Nemescu (1979-2006) wrote and directed five short films, nearly all awarded at domestic and foreign festivals. Regarded at the time as one of the most promising young Romanian directors, he then moved on to his first feature film, California Dreamin'. Tragically, the young director and the film's editor died in a car accident just before finishing the final cut of the film. The producers decided to premiere the film in a version that was believed to be the closest to the director's intention, and added the subtitle 'endless' referring to the film not having been finished. 

In the Press:  

Today, revisiting Nemescu's posthumous debut feature one thing's for sure: the film's seduction and electrifying rock 'n roll vitality - far removed from the stripped-down realism of most of New Romanian Cinema's big hits - remain unaltered. (Lincoln Centre Film Society, New York)

California Dreamin' is a rambunctious, closely observed comedy of cultural collision (New York Times)

Nemescu's promising young voice will be sorely missed, not only in Romanian cinema but also on the international scene. (TimeOut) 

Festivals and awards: 

Cannes 2007 (Un Certain Regard Award), Karlovy Vary 2007, Tokyo 2007, Salonic 2007. 

De filmprogrammering in De Nieuwe Regentes is mogelijk gemaakt met hulp van Fonds 1818.