ROMANIA ROCKS: Film Screenings

17/10 - 08/11/2020 @ RCI London, 1 Belgrave Square

A selection of exciting films portraying authors - The Distance Between Me and Me about poet Nina Cassian or based on novels - Soldiers, Story from Ferentari, Moromete Family. At the Edge of Time and Parking, will screen as part of our Romania Rocks Romanian-British Literature Festival.

17 October 2020 | RCI London

The Distance Between Me and Me (Distanţa dintre mine şi mine), directed by Mona Nicoară & Dana Bunescu
Followed by a recorded Q&A session with both directors.

An engaging portrait of the eccentric life of Romanian poet and enfant terrible Nina Cassian, who survived history by shielding herself with her own art. A mesmerizing versatile Jewish artist, whose life was a fight to the death between ethics and aesthetics, safeguards her faith in fairy tales through fascism, communism, and an unwanted exile into late capitalism. The documentary looks at the friction between individual memory and official archives, between our present reality and the narratives we construct about our former selves, setting Nina’s words during the last year of her life.
Winner of Best Documentary Film at 2020 Gopo Awards. Trailer.

Country: Romania/USA | Year: 2018 | 89' | UK Premiere | Certified: U - Suitable for all.

Director: Mona Nicoară, Dana Bunescu
Editing & Sound: Dana Bunescu
Cinematography: Ovidiu Marginean, Rudolf Costin

When: 17 October 2020, 14.30 & 17.00 & 19.30. Please register by clicking on the screening time.
Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PH

1 November 2020 | RCI London

Soldiers. Story from Ferentari (Soldații. Poveste din Ferentari), directed by Ivana Mladenovic – winner of Best Debut at the Gopo Awards, 2018

Based on the autobiographical novel of the same title by journalist Adrian Șchiop, the contemporary love story sets in the most notorious outcast neighbourhood of Bucharest, Ferentari, about Adi, a shy 40-year-old and introverted anthropologist who recently got dumped by his girlfriend. He moves to Ferentari planning to write a study on manele music, the pop music of the Roma community. While researching the subject, Adi meets Alberto, a Roma ex-convict and a bear of a man, who offers his help. Unexpectedly, the unlikely pair begins a playful romance. (Trailer)

Country: Romania/Serbia/Belgium | Year: 2017 | 119' | UK Premiere | Certified: 15 - Suitable only for 15 years and over.
Director: Ivana Mladenovic
Screenplay: Ivana Mladenovic, Adrian Șchiop
Cinematography: Luchian Ciobanu
Editing: Cătălin Cristuțiu

When: 1 November 2020, 13.00, 16.00 & 19.00. Please register by clicking on the screening time.
Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PH

7 November 2020 | online

The Moromete Family. On the Edge of Time (Moromeții 2), directed by Stere Gulea

A long-awaited sequel to classic The Moromete Family (1987) returns to the family and its small community of peasant neighbours. Based on the celebrated novel Moromeții by Marin Preda, the tale follows the life of the Moromete family after WWII, with Romania being overpowered by Communism, focusing on the family’s youngest son, Niculae. In this new moment, the entire universe of the village, where the most important thing is to own land and work it, changes upon the arrival of the Communist regime and collectivization. The years 1945-1946 finds Ilie Moromete aging, but still active and relevant, there are tensions between him and his second wife, Catrina. They reproach each other over the ownership of the land, over Ilie’s children from his first marriage, and over her jealousy. (trailer -

Country: Romania | Year: 2018 | 110' | Certified: PG - Parental guidance.
Director & Screenwriter: Stere Gulea
Cinematography: Liviu Pojoni Jr., Alex Sterian (B&W)
Music: Anne-Sophie Versnaeyen

When: 7 November 2020, 14.00-22.00. Please register here before 9.00 on the day, in order to receive the link.
Where: online

8 November 2020 | online

Parking, directed by Tudor Giurgiu – nominated for Best Film at the Gopo Awards, 2020

The story follows a Romanian writer, who emigrates illegally to Spain in 2002 and starts working as a night watchman in a car park. The film is an adaptation of the bestseller autobiographical novel Cercanías (Closeness) by Marin Mălaicu-Hondrari. The young poet decides to leave Romania to relocate to Spain, hoping to change his life for the better. Upon arriving in Cordoba, he works at a car dealership and during the day he hides in a small caravan in the parking lot. Adrian finds a CD and poster of a flamenco/jazz band and becomses enchanted by the music and picture of Maria, a member of the band. They meet after a concert, where they begin their relationship full of passion, problems and surprises. Trailer.

Country: Romania/Spain | Year: 2019 | 110' | UK Premiere | Certified: 12 - Suitable for 12 years and over.

Directed by: Tudor Giurgiu
Screenplay: Tudor Giurgiu, Marin Malaicu-Hondrari
Cinematography: Marius Panduru

When: 8 November 2020, 14.00-22.00. Please register here before 9.00 on the day, in order to receive the link.
Where: online

Free. All screening in Romanian with English subtitles. 

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