17/03 - 23/04/2019 @ Romanian Cultural Institute London, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PH
This spring, the Romanian Cinematheque continues with a season of screenings that celebrate female creativity. Six original women directors - Anca Damian, Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan, Ivana Mladenovic, Adina Pintilie, Iulia Rugină and Ioana Uricaru- and their applauded films make up a diverse programme to suit all tastes: from gripping intrigues and tales of unexpected encounters to bitter immigration dramas.
All films have English subtitles.
Wednesday 27 March 2019, 19.00- UK Premiere
Moon Hotel Kabul by Anca Damian + Sandpit #186 directed by Adina Pintilie
Anca Damian studied at the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Bucharest where she majored in cinematography and later obtained a PHD degree in Film. Her first feature film as a director- Crossing dates (2008)- participated in numerous film festival competitions such as Pusan Film Festival, Chicago, Goteborg, Cottbus, Goa and Rome. Her second feature as a director, screenwriter and producer Crulic - The Path to Beyond(2011) gained more than 150 festival selections. The film also received the Cristal Award in Annecy and more than 35 prizes at other notable film festivals. Her feature A Very Unsettled Summer/O varăfoarteinstabilă (2013), a Romanian-Czech-Swedish-UK co-production, received three prizes from at the Romanian Filmmakers' Union Awards and was screened in Warsaw, Goteborg, Prague and London.
Moon Hotel Kabul follows journalist Ivan Semciuc, a charismatic man who is nonetheless guilty of cynicism and lack of compassion. A seemingly meaningless encounter with a translator in a hotel room in Kabul produces a vital revolution in Ivan's unshakeable lifestyle.
Moon Hotel Kabul (2018)
Director: Anca Damian
Writers: Lia Bugnar, Anca Damian
Cast: Florin Piersic Jr., Ofelia Popii, Adrian Titieni, Rodica Negrea, Iulian Postelnicu, Alexandru Nagy
Running time: 100 min
Preceded by: Sandpit#186/ Balastiera#186 directed by Adina Pintilie
Adina Pintilie is a graduate from the Caragiale Academy of Theatrical Art and Cinematography in Bucharest. Her documentary Don't get me wrong… participated in the Warsaw International Film Festival and Locarno International Film Festival, winning the Golden Dove Award for Best Documentary at DOK Leipzig Festival. Her debut feature film, Touch Me Not, screened at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival, where it was awarded the Golden Bear.
Sandpit #186 is set on the outskirts of an industrial city, where a lonely man lives an uneventful life. One day, a stranger appears and apparently nothing changes but at the same time, nothing is the same. The film won the Runner Up Award of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Miami Film Festival and the Special Mention at the Trieste Film Festival.
Sandpit #186 (2009)
Director&Writer: Adina Pintilie, George Chiper
Cast:Richard Bovnoczki, Gabriel Spahiu
Running time: 20 min
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