As part of its process of revitalising the state-owned cinema network, the Romanian Ministry of Culture announced the start of recruitment for five new members of the Administration Council of RADEF -Romania Film, according to Facebook post made by Vlad Alexandrescu, minister of culture.
Currently, there are “tens of cinema halls nationally, of which 16 are functional and several other tens closed or rented for other activities,” wrote the minister. Calling the modernising of the state-owned cinema network a priority for his mandate, Alexandrescu added that the future council will have three months to come up with a suitable program to revitalise the cinemas and “reintroduce at least some of the arthouse cinemas in a country where towns with as many as 80,000 inhabitants have no access to a big screen,” according to cineuropa.ro.
The Ministry’s initiative is not the first official one to be made on behalf of the Romanian government, but despite this, and the Romanian Film Promotion Association launching the “Save the Big Screen” campaign in 2014, “little has actually happened,” adds Cineurope. It has, however, been called “a first actual step towards normalcy” by Andrei Rus, the Ministry representative on the National Film Center board, as cited by Cineuropa.