The festival will also host a long-due U.S. presentation of director Alexandru Tatos, one of the leading Romanian filmmakers of the 70’s and ’80s, whose film SEQUENCES gathered a small but dedicated following due to the film’s inclusion in the MoMA collection. New York audiences will have a chance to see three of his best films: Red Apples (1976), Anastasia Gently Passes (1979) and Sequences (1982), on new prints produced with the support of the Romanian National Film Center.
Another highlight of the festival this year is a special program addressing the important political and cultural policy changes that have been taking place in Romania and Hungary in the recent past. “Creative Freedom Through Cinema: Romania and Hungary” consists of two screenings followed by panels and aims to offer a better understanding of the sociopolitical context in these two countries and to address the relationship between arts and politics.
A celebration of the 40th anniversary of a landmark Romanian film, the Dan Piţa & Mircea Veroiu co-directed Stone Wedding, another of the few Romanian films included in the MoMA collection is also included in the festival’s program.