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Film Food at TIFF 2019

Film Food returns to the 18th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival to surprise cinephiles and foodies alike with delicious tales and juicy details from Europe’s best-known restaurants. This year’s selection presents ancient recipes revisited, star ingredients, and secrets of world famous chefs. Screenings at Sapientia will be followed at Bricks by dinners with menus are inspired by the films.

The Religion Class at TIFF 2019

For true cinephiles, film is a religion, the auteur is the Creator, and the movie theatre is a temple which transfigures our reality and transports us to an alternate universe. Beyond these metaphors, however, the thematic section of the 18th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival will address religion, faith, and spirituality head-on, in all their social and political ramifications.

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Marcel Iureș to receive the Excellence Award at TIFF 2019

One of the most acclaimed and beloved Romanian film and theater actors, the incomparable Marcel Iureș will be celebrated a the 18th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival. The Closing Gala on June 8 will invite him on the stage where he made his debut 40 years ago, the National Theater in Cluj, to receive the Excellence Award for his impressive career.

Nicolas Cage, Special Guest at TIFF 2019

Academy Award-winner Nicolas Cage will receive the Transilvania Trophy for Special Contribution to World Cinema at the 18th edition of the Transilvania International Festival. The American actor-producer and winner of numerous awards in his nearly four decades-long career, will come to Cluj between May 31 and June 2, with support from Cemacon.

 

Weekend at the Castle: Unmissable Concerts and Memorable Parties at TIFF 2019

 

Strange stories, bizarre characters, a marathon screening, and special guests will come to Bonțida between June 1-2 for Weekend at the Castle. As every year, concerts will delight music lovers, open-air screenings will please cinema lovers, and lively parties will animate the Bánffy castle grounds during the first weekend of the 18th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival.

 

Celebrating French Culture at TIFF 2019

French cinema, food, and visual arts spice up the program of the 18th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival. Between May 31-June 9, the French Focus will present Romanian premieres of new, diverse productions signed by emerging French directors. Additionally, throughout the festival, the French-Romanian Culinary Caravan will offer specialties prepared by famous chefs from the two countries, while visual arts will meet cinema in the show An Evening in My Parents’ Studio — all part of the Romania-France Season 2019.

Award Winners and Box Office Successes at TIFF 2019

The program of the 18th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival presents over 200 titles from around the world, including winners of premiere festivals, new films from TIFF alumni of years past, two popular comedies from established directors, and a special screening dedicated to a recently departed classic.

 

World Premiere of Tudor Giurgiu’s Parking to Open TIFF 2019

The world premiere of the highly anticipated Parking is set to open the 18th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival on Friday, May 31, at 8:45 PM, on the giant Open Air Screen in the Unirii Square in Cluj. Director and TIFF President Tudor Giurgiu will be joined by actor Mihai Smarandache, writer Marin Mălaicu-Hondrari, author of the bestselling book which inspired the script, as well as other members of the filmmaking team.

TIFF 2019 Premieres: Composer Jean-Michel Bernard and Les Négresses Vertes Live in Cluj


Composer and pianist Jean-Michel Bernard, who was awarded in Cannes in 2007, and legendary French group Les Négresses Vertes will play in Romania for the first time at the 18th edition of the Transilvania International Festival (Cluj, May 31 - June 9, 2017). The two concerts are presented at TIFF  as part of the Romania-France Season 2019.

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The Heiresses Wins 17th Transilvania Trophy

The 17th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival announced its winners on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at its Closing Gala in the Cluj National Theater. The 15,000 Euro Transilvania Trophy offered by Staropramen went to The Heiresses and was presented by international opera star Angela Gheorghiu. Director Marcelo Martinessi thus adds another award to the Silver Bear he received this winter at the Berlinale.

Three Thousand Film Lovers Defy Weather at the TIFF 2018 Opening Gala

The 17th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival began Friday night with a sold-out screening of the controversial Israeli film Foxtrot. Pouring rain came to a stop right before multi-award-winning director Samuel Maoz’s film was set to have its Romanian premiere on the largest screen in in the country, at the TIFF 2018 Opening Gala, before an audience of 3,000.

The amazing Angela Gheorghiu, Guest of Honor at TIFF 2018

Opera superstar Angela Gheorghiu, one of the most famous sopranos of our times, will be a guest of honor at the 17th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival.  On Friday, June 1, at 7 PM, the National Romanian Opera in Cluj-Napoca will host a special event: an aria recital in which Angela Gheorghiu will be accompanied by pianist Alexandru Petrovici, followed by the screening of Benoît Jacquot’s film Tosca in which th

Film Food: Tastes and Stories from the World of Food at TIFF 2018

Following the success of the first edition, the Film Food section returns to the Transilvania International Film Festival (May 25-June 3, Cluj-Napoca) with delicious stories about the culinary arts and the people who dedicated their lives to food. The menu of secrets and spicy details offered by the film program will be doubled by live foodie experiences offered by three of the most appreciated chefs in Romania, invited to Cluj as special guests of the festival.

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Focus Bulgaria and Back in the USSR

The best Bulgarian productions of the past two years and some of the top titles of Soviet cinema will be screened in the sections Focus Bulgaria and Back in the USSR at the 17th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival. Both programs offer audiences remarkable discoveries, be it cult films of the 1980s or films recently recognized in international film festivals..

World Premieres and Surprising Debuts in the Romanian Days at TIFF 2018

The most anticipated Romanian premieres of the year will be presented in the 17th edition of the Transylvania International Film Festival (Cluj-Napoca, May 25-June 3). This year’s Romanian Days will include 35 titles: 13 features and 22 shorts, some of which are world premieres, while others are recipients of major festival awards. Thirty of these titles are competing for the Romanian Days awards. Scores of Romanian professionals will come to meet the TIFF audiences and the international industry guests.

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Actors Anna Széles and Dan Nuțu to be celebrated at TIFF 2018

One of the most charming actresses in Romanian cinema history, Anna Széles will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 17th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival. The award celebrates her 50 years of work in theater and film. Actor and producer Dan Nuțu will also receive the Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding artistic merit. Both awards will be presented during the TIFF closing gala at the National Theater in Cluj, on June 2, 2018.

Music Meets Film in TIFF’s Latest Confirmed Special Events

An exclusive presentation of the first clips from Moromeții 2, the most anticipated Romanian film of the year, set against the rhythms of a Teleorman taraf, the launch of the first documentary on a Romanian band, and the return of one of Ukraine’s most spectacular groups will animate the evenings of the 17th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (May 25-June 3).

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The Big Blue to play on Romania’s largest screen in the presence of Jean-Marc Barr

One of the most important films of the 1980s, Luc Besson’s Le grand bleu / The Big Blue (1988) returns to Romania 30 years after its premiere, this time on the largest screen, in the Unirii Square in Cluj, as the closing night film for the 17th edition of the Transilvania International Festival.

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István Szabó and Márta Mészáros to be honored at TIFF 2018

István Szabó and Márta Mészáros, two major figures of Hungarian cinema, will be presented lifetime achievement awards at the 17th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival.  The two guests of honor will be joined at TIFF 2018 by an impressive delegation of directors coming to present their most recent works during TIFF’s traditional Hungarian Day.