Romanian Cinema in Edinburgh

26 - 29/06/2014 @ Edinburgh

With a rich and diverse programme of films and events, Edinburgh International Film Festival continues to bring the very best in contemporary cinema to Scotland’s capital. The 68th edition of the festival includes a feature and a short film from Romania: 'The Japanese Dog' ('Câinele japonez') by Tudor Cristian Jurgiu and 'Perennial Plants' ('Plante perene') by Roxana Stroe.


The Romanian Cultural Institute in London is pleased to support young director Roxana Stroe for the Q&A sessions after the screenings.


'The Japanese Dog' ('Câinele japonez')

Tudor Cristian Jurgiu / 2013 / Victor Rebengiuc, Șerban Pavlu, Laurentiu Lazăr, Kana Hashimoto, Toma Hashimoto, Iona Abur, Alexandrina Halic, Toma Cuzin

The spirit of Ozu visits new Romanian cinema in a deeply heartfelt, minimalistic family drama.

'In rural southern Romania, after a devastating flood and the loss of his beloved wife, 80-year-old Costache stoically tries to rebuild his life from scratch. The unexpected visit of his estranged son, together with the latter's Japanese wife and son, will shake his lonely everyday life. Featuring an impeccably delicate performance by Victor Rebengiuc, a veteran of Romanian cinema, and avoiding the traps of melodrama, newcomer Tudor Cristian Jurgiu offers an elliptical, touching meditation on loss, loneliness and regeneration.' - Edinburgh International Film Festival

28 June, 20:40 at Cineworld 5
29 June, 13:00 at Cineworld 13


'Perennial Plants' ('Plante perene') – part of the Light in Flux programme

Roxana Stroe / 2013 / Anca Băjenaru, Gabriel Spahiu, Ada Navrot

'What can I do? On whose help can I rely on? I don’t have children. God didn’t gave me any' – says a retired widow whose fear of being left alone in the world forces her to make all the preparations for her 'final journey'.

The old lady bought new clothes, shoes, towels and a flashlight to help her see through the darkness. Could it be some sort of assent of faith voluntarily signed for the idea of a new beginning, or just the stream of consciousness of a woman whose life expectations are very low?

26 June, 18:15 at Cameo 3
29 June, 16:50 at Cameo 3


EIFF 2014 runs from 18 to 29 June. This year the festival will showcase 156 features from 47 countries, including 11 world premieres, 8 international premieres, and a range of special screenings and events.