One World Festival kicks off today

Oana Vasiliu | 13/03/2017 | 10:00

On March 13, One World Festival will start its 10th edition, having a selection of six Romanian productions – 3 of them in the section entitled „Romania On the Move” and other 3 projects still in the production process, in the section „Romania Work-in-progress”. From a selection of over 60 international films, three of them will have their world premiere at #OWR10, two others will have their European premiere and almost all the rest will be screened for the first time in our country.

The Romanian chapter

Catălin Farcaș’s documentary, “The Brotherhood” will have its European premiere at One World Romania. The movie presents the story of the only football club in Romania with an impaired goalkeeper and an African coach. “The Brotherhood” is more than a story about football spirit; it’s an innocent documentary about the fact that in nowadays’ divided Romania it’s still possible for people to associate for a common passion.

“It Started Raining” is a Romanian-Italian-British co-production, directed by Michele Lancione and showed in International Premiere at One World Romania. The movie brings in discussion the problem of the right to live, in the context of a dysfunctional state which refuses to protect its most vulnerable citizens. The director combines sequences shot during the evacuation from Vulturilor Street in Bucharest (2014-2016) alongside explanations of the specialists and activists involved in supporting the evicted families (Read more).

”Cabbage, Potatoes and Other Demons” –Șerban Georgescu’s documentary, recently nominated for the Gopo Awards 2017 – explores the paradoxical dynamic of the Romanian agriculture practiced in the village Lungulețu, where 1000 farmers annually produce more than they can sell (Read more).

Radu Jude, Claudiu Mitcu, Ileana Bîrsan and Monica Lăzurean Gorgan are the four Romanian directors whose movies that are going to be screened at One World Romania, are still in different stages of production. For filmmakers is vital to test their ideas and images through people, receive feedback and hear the voices of an audience. For One World Romania it’s important that the topics proposed by the filmmakers are debated by society and it is important that the audience understands the transformation process of an idea into a movie.

On March 14, at the Peasant’s Museum Cinema, Radu Jude will present „Țara moartă” (“Dead Country”) – a movie that uses the Collection of Costică Acsinte’s photographs as background for a story build from recordings of texts from the personal diary of the doctor Emil Dorian, whose writings were banned by the anti-Semitic regime lead by Marshal Antonescu.

On March 15, at Union Cinema, Claudiu Mitcu and Ileana Bîrsan will show an edited fragment from the documentary “The Trial” – a movie that follows the story of Mihai Moldoveanu, a former officer of the Romanian army, sentenced at 25 years of jail for a murder that he claims he didn’t commit.

On March 16, at Union Cinema, the co-director of the documentary „Wood” , Monica Lăzurean Gorgan can be seen. ”Wood” is a movie about the exploitation of woodlands, about the people from all areas in Romania who live off it and about a person who starts a journey to save the forest and, secretly, to save the world.

The complete schedule of the festival is available online.

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