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April 20th–23rd, 2017 / Bucharest / Cinema Elvire Popesco / the 6th Edition

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THAT TRIP WE TOOK WITH DAD
2016
107'
Directed by: 
Anca Miruna Lăzărescu
A road movie whose narrative begins in 1968, in Arad. Mihai and Emil are two brothers of Romanian and German origin who have only one thing in common: their sick father and the care that he needs. Mihai, the older brother, is a doctor and, with uncertainty in his heart, an informer for the Security. He seems to have come to terms with his life in Ceausescu’s Romania. Emil fights with aplomb againts the Stalinist imprints, getting involved in situations out of which he can be saved only by his brother’s cautiousness. The two brothers, along with their father, make their way to Dresden – the closest city where their father can have his life-saving operation. However, the rather unstable political context will overthrow their plans. During their trip, they are greeted by soviet tanks that are heading towards Czechoslovakia and are forced to make their way to a temporary GDR camp. With the german-czechoslovakian border closed, the only way for them to be repatriated is to obtain the transit visa for the Federal Republic of Germany.
Határon 1988-89
2015
53'
Directed by: 
Lukács Csaba, Marossy Géza
Ceausescu’s dictatorship has repressed any sort of initiative, the “Securitate” has frightened the people. For those who dreamt of a better life, Hungary was a glimmer of hope not only because in that country change was visible, but because Hungary was also the only solution in regards to keeping one’s hungarian identity. Many have left behind everything, their houses, their families and have crossed the green border. The film is the story of those people.
JANUS
2015
76'
Directed by: 
Gyöngyössy Bence
The film takes place in the middle of the 1980s and it depicts the dramatic story of a family from Oradea and of the way in which the “two faced” secret service agent of the totalitarian regime in Romania managed to infiltrate within the four walls of their house in order to control their most intimate moments and to betray the most intimate feelings and desires. The fall of this regime and the outburst of the Romanian revolution had become inevitable. The film is inspired by real events.
THE KING WHO TRICKED HITLER
2016
50'
Directed by: 
Trevor Poots
This is one of the last and greatest untold stories of the Second World War, revealed by the last surviving Chief of State, King Michael I of Romania. “We took the train to Berlin to see the other side of the coin and we had lunch with Hitler. It wasn’t an enjoyable meeting.” It is the story of a King’s decision who, in a critical moment of the Second World War, relinquished Germany’s support, guiding Romania towards the Allies, thus bringing about a quicker end to the war. It is a story of palatial intrigues. And a story of deceptions. From Buckingham Palace to Bucharest. From Moscow to Washington. Lost diplomatic signals, aristocrat spies and blackmail at gun point. And the courage of a young king who dared. Romania, at the outbreak of the Second World War, was a very young nation, with an age of only 20 years.
The King Who Tricked Hitler is a historical documentary that was selected by the History Channel UK network in January 2017. It was also selected in the official competition of the Pessac International Film Festival in France.
TRUMP VS. CLINTON
2016
48'
Directed by: 
Trevor Poots
The documentary is probably the only original project that concerns itself with the USA elections that was created before the final results of the election and produced in Eastern Europe. Amongst the interviewees are prolific personalities from the American political environment, partisans of both candidates, close friends, ambassadors, bipartisan leaders, experts suited to discuss subjects such as: NATO, the refugees’ situation in Europe, post-Brexit politics, Putin, defense policies or cyberwar between Europe/Russia/USA. The personalities that appear in the film are and have been important players in the games of power: ambassador James Woolsey – the head of CIA during Bill Clinton’s mandate, Dr. Richard Haass – the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, Fred Drasner – former editor of NY Daily News, governor Terry McAuliffe – close friend of the Clintons.

Partners

National Centre of Cinematography
Ministry of Culture and National Identity
The Romanian Cultural Institute
The French Institute in Bucharest
The Romanian Cinastes' Union