Cine-Concerts at TIFF 2021: Asian Dub Foundation, Fargo, Inferno and Malombra | TIFF

Cine-Concerts at TIFF 2021: Asian Dub Foundation, Fargo, Inferno and Malombra

19.05.2021 10:13

Silent cinema gems and historical cult films will get new life at the 20th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (July 23-August 1, Cluj-Napoca), where they will be shown with live original accompaniment by great contemporary musicians. Presented for the first time in Romania, this year’s cine-concerts will offer audiences outstanding experiments in sound and image. Tickets can be purchased on

La Haine - live soundtrack by Asian Dub Foundation (UK)

Saturday, July 24, 9:45 PM, Bánffy Castle in Bonțida

La Haine, the cult film for which Mathieu Kassovitz was awarded Best Director at the 1995 Cannes and three Césars, returns to the big screen accompanied live by the phenomenal Asian Dub Foundation. The story, no less current 25 years later, follows 24 hours in the life of three youngsters in a Paris suburb haunted by protests and police abuse. Kassovitz wrote the story as a reaction to the 1993 killing of a young immigrant by the French police, in a prefiguration of the events that generated the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States in recent years. Asian Dub Foundation are no accidental collaborators for this project: the staunch promoters of civil rights who mix dub, rap-core, dancehall, and hard ragga jungle with punk rock influences have recently returned to the British charts.

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Cine-concert: Fargo by Fragments (France)

Monday, July 26, 7 PM, Students’ Culture House

The snow-smothered Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1996 double Oscar-winning cult film, comes to Transilvania IFF with the original music of the French trio Fragments. An infusion of electronic and ambient textures woven with post-rock elements will accompany audiences on their tense journey through the Minnesota flats. Inspired by a series of late 1980s crimes, the thriller, featuring Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, and Peter Stromare, was included among the most important 100 films in the history of cinema by the American Film Institute.

Presented by the French Institute in Romania

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Inferno, live soundtrack by Edison Studio (Italy)

Tuesday, July 27, 7 PM, Students’ Culture House

Dante Aligheri’s universal legacy is celebrated 700 years on in a cine-concert presented by Edison Studio. The artistic collective will accompany live the screening of the 1911 Inferno, the first Italian feature-length film, presented in a digitally restored version. A gem of silent cinema, Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, and Giuseppe De Liguoro’s film gets a new soundtrack that propels it into a dream dimension due to a continuous short-circuiting of recreated voices, surreal sound landscapes, and ambient sound that push the conventional limits of cinema.

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Presented by the Italian Cultural Institute in Bucharest

Originally programmed for the previous Transilvania IFF edition and postponed due to pandemic travel restrictions, two experimental shows bring two well-known composers, conductors, and performers — Julie Roué from France and Simona Strungaru from Romania — face to face to compose scores for the same silent film, Carmine Gallone’s gothic melodrama classic Malombra (1917). The event is organised in partnership with Festival La Rochelle Cinéma (France).

Malombra - live performance by Julie Roué (France)

Thursday, July 29, 8 PM, Art Museum in Cluj-Napoca

Julie Roué plays piano and guitar, among other instruments, and has scored over 40 films, some of them awarded in Cannes. Her style combines classic elements with jazz, electronic, world, and experimental music, as well as strong pop influences. At Transilvania IFF she will be accompanied by percussionist Stan Delannoy and Louise Belmas (keyboard, laptop).

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Malombra - live performance by Simona Strungaru (Romania)

Friday, July 30, 8 PM, Art Museum in Cluj-Napoca

Known for her original experiments, Simona Strungaru will present at TIFF her own score for Malombra together with Sebastian Burneci (trumpet) and Adi Tetrade (percussion). A pianist and a composer, Strungaru is the permanent conductor of the Bucharest Jazz Orchestra and of Sonomania, has composed symphonic suites, live electronic music and live street art concerts, animation scores and musicals. This event is her comeback at Transilvania IFF after 2016 when she conducted the Cluj Magyar Opera in a memorable concert of Haxan at the Bánffy Castle.

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The Transilvania International Film Festival is organized by the Romanian Film Promotion Association and the Transilvania Film Festival Association. The 20th edition of the festival will wake place between July 23-August 1 in full compliance with the necessary public health safety measures.   

The cine-concerts are presented by MOL Romania.