Romanian Films at UCL SSEES’ Centenary Film Festival

21/10 - 08/12/2015 @ The Bloomsbury Theatre, London

Part of the renowned University College London, The School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) is celebrating 100 years as academic gateway to the East European cultures and societies, through a series of cultural events. Among various festivities, the centennial celebratory agenda also includes a Season of Films made within the cultures represented in the venerable School.

The SSEES Centenary Film Festival is supported by the British Film Institute along with various embassies and cultural institutes, including the Romanian Cultural Institute in London.

The Romanian showcase consists in a series of striking documentaries made during various periods of the four-decade long communist dictatorship - curated by film historian Adina Brădeanu of the Westminster University,  followed by Cristian Mungiu's multi-awarded film '4 months, 3 weeks, and 2 days' (2007) - with a presentation by Prof. Dominique Nasta of Université Libre of Brussels.


Romanian SSEES Centenary Film Festival Screenings:


Wednesday 21 October

Sahia Vintage I: Documentar, ideologie, viaţă 1956-1990 (Documentaries, Ideology, Life, 1956-1990)
Two separately bookable sessions starting at 4pm & 6.30pm.

Wednesday 21 October at 4pm (Free Tickets)
Alexandru Sîrbu, 'Reportaj de la Steagul Roşu' (Report from the Red Flag, 1956)
Alexandru Boiangiu, 'Cazul D' (Case D, 1966)
Titus Mesaroş, 'Scrisoare din Oraşul Nou' (Letter from the New Town, 1978)
Guest speaker: Adina Brădeanu, School of Media Arts and Design, University of Westminster

Wednesday 21 October at 6.30pm (Free Tickets)
Paula and Doru Segall, 'Pentru strănepoţi, încă ceva despre Bucureşti…' (For our Heirs: More Stories about Bucharest…, 1980)
Adrian Sârbu, 'Aflaţi despre mine…' (I for One Am Alive and Well, 1982)
Laurenţiu Damian, 'Pe unde-am fost şi-am colindat' (The Roads I Have Wandered, 1982)
Ovidiu Bose Paştina, 'Oameni care povestesc' (People Telling Stories, 1983)
Copel Moscu, 'Va veni o zi' (There Will Come a Day, 1985/1990)
Guest speaker: Adina Brădeanu


Tuesday 8 December at 6.30pm (Free Tickets)

Cristian Mungiu, '4 luni, 3 săptămâni și 2 zile' ('4 months, 3 weeks, and 2 days', 2007)
Guest speaker: Dominique Nasta, Professor of Film Studies, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

The SSEES Centenary Film Festival aims to express the rich cultural diversity of the department, acquired in its hundred years’ focus on Slavonic and Eastern European studies.

"The twenty-three films being screened constitute an important testimony to the profound social, political, and cultural transformations that have occurred during the last one hundred years in this turbulent part of the world. They also offer a wide range of poetic styles and cinematic genres: psychological drama, historical drama, poeticized historical epic, comedy, thriller, literary adaptation, philosophical meditation, and documentary short. Some are now regarded as classics of world cinema; others are less well known, even among film specialists, and are receiving their international premiere as part of the festival.

The films will be screened with English-language subtitles from October 12th to December 17th in the new auditorium of the Bloomsbury Theatre." - SSEES


More details on

The overall programme of events can be found HERE.

When: 21 Oct 2015 (4pm & 6:30pm) & 8 december 2015 (6:30pm)

Where: The Bloomsbury Theatre UCL, 15 Gordon Street

Tickets are free and issued on a first-come-first-served basis.