Starting on June 1st, the 11th edition of Transilvania IFF comes with an impressive line up for the 10 days of festival. Festival’s selection includes 245 films, features, two world premieres and many local films shown in premiere in the frame of the Romanian Days.
Surrealism, Tragedy, Emotion and Humour will be the ingredients for this year's Official Competition, where 12 feature films will compete for the main award, Transilvania Trophy with a value of 15.000 Eu. "For the first time in the history of TIFF's competitions, it's very difficult for me to imagine what the public will love best” says Mihai Chirilov, Artistic Director of the Festival.
As already established, Transilvania IFF's competition is traditionally dedicated for first or second feature films only.
Lena, d. Christophe Van Rompaey (Holland-Belgium); Either Way, d. Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdson (Island); Chapiteau Show, r. Serghei Loban (Russia); Clip, r. Maja Milos (Serbia); Oslo, August 31st, d. Joachim Trier (Norway); The Loneliest Planet, d. Julia Loktev (USA - Germany); The Exchange, d. Eran Kolirin (Israel - Germany); Teddy Bear, d. Mads Matthiesen (Denmark); Kuma, d. Umut Dag (Austria); Marecages, d. Guy Edoin (Canada); End of the Night, d. Daisuke Miyazaki (Japan); Thursday Till Sunday, d. Dominga Sotomayor (Chile - Holland)
Two new sidebars will complete an ever-growing TIFF showcase: Gods an Men and Tribute Killer Films. Gods And Men is a new program at Transilvania IFF and it’s in a close relationship with the main concept for this year- Film as Religion. The audience will be exposed to a provocative program in which a number of films will shake their convictions, will thrill them and probably offend them, in a variety of filmic answers given to questions regarding Religion and Faith.
Tribute Killer Films is a tribute to Christine Vachon’s legendary production company. Festival will screen titles such as Dragonslayer, d. Tristan Pattersen ; Mildred Pierce, d. Todd Haynes; Party Monster, d. Fenton Bailey, Randy Borbato and Swoon, directed by Tom Kalin.
2012’ world premieres at Transilvania IFF are: Zero Killed, d. Michal Kosakowski, a hybrid of documentary and fiction, is the result of an experiment started in 1996, when the filmmaker provoked some people to stage their fantasies about murder – theirs or someone else’s – in short films where they would be the protagonists.
Noseland, d. Aleksey Igudesman and Sebastian Leitner is a mockumentary, a humorous ode to the world of classical music and some of its star musicians. It all started when star violinist Julian Rachlin, director of an annual festival of chamber music in Dubrovnik, Croatia was convinced by his best friend Aleksey Igudesman, violinist, composer and wanna-be film maker, to let him direct a movie about his festival. But things went wrong right from the start. Finding himself in the role of a somewhat oblivious producer, Rachlin watches how Igudesman manages to offend each and every one of the artists he interviews.
Moreover, the variety of our summary this year is very easily seen in the films coming from the three countries we choose for the Focus section – Focus on Denmark, Australia and China.
Festival will also showcase work of three important directors in the traditional section 3x3: Claude Lelouch, who will attend the festival and will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award on June 6th, at Cluj, Ole Christian Madsen and Hitoshi Matsumoto.
A complete retrospective of Stanley Kubrick’s films is presented this year in 100% Stanley Kubrick section. Classics such as Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Clockwork Orange (1971), The Shining (1980), Barry Lyndon (1976), Full Metal Jacket (1987), Eyes Wide Shut (1999) will be featured in the retrospective, together with earlier titles in Kubrick's filmography. The films will be shown in new digital prints, provided by the Warner Bros. Studios.
Romanian Days will offer this year an impressive selection of 11 features and 16 shorts that will be screened with one day in advance due to the growing interest around this program. The program will be completed with numerous special events. A special screening of one of the films clés of Romanian Cinema, Stone Wedding, directed by Mircea Veroiu and Dan Pița will be celebrated at the 40th anniversary at TIFF 2012. A documentary by Iosif Demian and an exhibiton by Helmut Stürmer will complet the anniversary. The first Romanian feature, Indepenenta Romaniei will also be in the program with live score performend by DJ Dubase&Leizaboy.