BUCHAREST: The Whistlers by Corneliu Porumboiu has got 13 nominations for the 14th Gopo Awards, followed by Heidi by Cătălin Mitulescu with 10 nominations, and Adina Pintilie’s Touch Me Not and Monsters. by Marius Olteanu with nine nominations each. The Gopo Awards will be announced on 24 March 2020.
BUCHAREST: Admissions to domestic films increased dramatically from 389,172 in 2018 to 806,472 in 2019, while domestic films' gross increased from 1.42 m EUR / 6,712,375 RON in 2018 to 3.13 m EUR / 14,733,843 in 2019, according to official statistics issued by the Romanian Film Centre.
This month we speak with Ivan Hronec, founder and CEO of Film Europe Media Company, about the Edison Filmhub, opened in the centre of Prague on 1 June 2019 as the first boutique cinema in the city.
BUCHAREST: Radu Ciorniciuc’s debut documentary Acasă, My Home / Acasă was awarded the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography (Radu Ciorniciuc and Mircea Topoleanu) at the 42nd Sundance Film Festival, which wrapped on 2 February 2020. The film is a Romanian/German/Finnish coproduction, which is also coproduced by HBO Europe. Lithuanian minority coproduction The Earth Is Blue as an Orange by Iryna Tsilyk, received the Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary.
BUCHAREST: Uppercase Print / Tipografic majuscul, one of the two films by Radu Jude selected for 2020 Berlinale’s Forum section, has been picked up by the Belgian sales company Best Friend Forever. The film will be released in Romania by Hi Film Productions on 21 February 2020, right before its screenings at the Berlinale.
BUCHAREST: Awarded Romanian documentary director Andrei Dăscălescu is in the last stages of postproduction with Holy Father / Tatăl nostru, a personal journey he undertook to discover what it takes to be a good parent, while looking for his long-lost father on Mount Athos.
BUCHAREST: Admissions to domestic films more than doubled in Romania compared to 2018, especially due to four titles: Oh, Ramona! by Cristina Jacob, 5GANG: Another Christmas by Matei Dima, Mary, Queen of Romania by Alexis Sweet Cahill and Do It Or Shut Up by Iura Luncașu.
TRIESTE: Bulgarian Women Do Cry directed by Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova was awarded the Film Center Serbia Development Award in the Co-Production Forum, the main section of the 10th When East Meets West (WEMW). The industry section of the Trieste Film Festival took place from 19 to 21 January 2020.
TRIESTE: Acclaimed Serbian writer/director Darko Lungulov’s new project 1970 was showcased in the Co-production Forum of the 10th edition of When East Meets West (19-21 January 2020), the industry section of the Trieste Film Festival. This coming-of-age dramedy is produced by Serbia’s Papa Films.
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