A Century of Romanian Cinema in London

25 - 27/11/2018 @ RCI London

The November focus of our Romanian Cinematheque is ꞌA Century of Romanian Cinemaꞌ. Film critic and historian Manuela Cernat joins directors Ioan Cărmăzan and Laurențiu Damian in welcoming cinephiles to three evenings of old and new films that draw the map of Greater Romania through personal stories and documentaries.

The event celebrates the Great Union Centenary (1918-2018) and follows the ‘Romanian History Film Days in Belgravia’ (22-24 November), organized in partnership with Râșnov Film and History Festival.


25 November 2018, 7pm:

100 Years of Romanian Cinema / 100 de ani de cinematografie documentary

Introduced by film critic and historian Manuela Cernat

A journey of 100 years of Romanian cinema seen through 26 representative films. The film was produced by Romanian Cultural Institute, National Centre of Cinematography, UARF-Union of Authors and Filmmakers from Romania & Dacin Sara.

Free entry. Please confirm your attendance HERE.

26 November 2018, 7pm

Casa din vis / The House from the Dream (1991, dir. Ioan Cărmăzan)

Followed by Q&A with director Ioan Cărmăzan

Inspired by Fănuş Neagu’s prose “It Was Snowing in Bărăgan”, the film tells the story of Capalau, a peasant whose family challenges his claims to be a ‘family boss’. Capalau seems to be a Moromete on the Danube, a peasant from Braila who is desperately trying to cope with all the changes of the world around him.

With: Gheorghe Dinică, Maia Morgenstern, Magda Catone, Horațiu Mălăele, Coca Bloos, Sofia Vicoveanca. Running time: 1h 34mins.

Free entry. Please confirm your attendance HERE.

27 November 2018, 7pm

Forgotten by God / Rămânerea (1992, dir. Laurențiu Damian)

Followed by Q&A with director Laurențiu Damian

Pavel returns home, to his village, somewhere on the banks of the Danube. He is the last descendant of a family that had fallen victim to a dreaded curse: old Anghel, in his pride, built his house higher than the church. The curse seems to have spread over the entire village that is now deserted, forgotten by the world and by God. Pavel remembers the dramatic moments that marked the existence of his family and those around him, moments that coincide with the crucial events in everyone’s life - birth, marriage, death. After this time incursion, the hero remains surrounded by the shadows of the past, obsessed with the image of the deserted village and feeling useless.
With Monica Ghiuta, Mircea Albulescu, Maia Morgenstern. Running time: 104'

Free entry. Please confirm your attendance HERE.

All screenings take place at the Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X8PH.
In Romanian with English subtitles.