The ample retrospective focused on the Romanian filmmaker includes 12 films, a poster exhibition, photos from the sets and other rare documents. The director will meet in Cluj with young cineastes and film aficionados and will attend the gala screening for Probă de microfon / Microphone Test (1980).
„Probă de microfon talks about those truths that permeate well controlled and highly ritualized moments such as TV interviews – moments in which the social facade breaks, unveiling a different reality, usually hidden from view”, writes Richard Peña, former curator of Film Society of Lincoln Center and president of the New York Film Festival selection committee for the past 25 years, a devout supporter of Romanian cinema and admirer of Mircea Daneliuc's work.
Born in 1943 in Hotin (now in Ukraine), Daneliuc studied Philology, followed by Film Directing at the Bucharest Film and Theatre Academy, where he graduated in 1972. His career encompasses 17 features – writing 16 of them –, 11 movie roles, 8 plays – 4 of them he also directed, and many novels and short stories. Mircea Daneliuc is considered one of the most important Romanian artists, author of subversive films which evaded the communist censorship, films filled with dark humour and unrelenting satire about a sick society ruled by absurd laws, films based on reality and the director's own disappointments.
During TIFF, viewers will (re)discover some of Mircea Daneliuc's most important films, presented in digitally restored copies, with new English translations: Cursa (1975), Vânătoarea de vulpi (1980), Probă de microfon (1980), Croaziera (1981), Glissando (1984), Iacob (1988), A unsprezecea poruncă (1991), Patul conjugal / The Conjugal Bed (1993), Această lehamite (1994), Senatorul melcilor / The Snails' Senator (1995), Cele ce plutesc / The Floating Things (2009) and his graduation short, Dus-întors (1972).
His films have been presented, since the very beginning, in some of the most prestigious international film festivals: Cursa was screened in Cairo, New Delhi, Moscow, Barcelona, Senatorul melcilor was a Palme d’Or hopeful in 1995; Glissando went to Venice; Vânătoarea de vulpi, Iacob and Patul conjugal in Berlin, and Probă de microfon was screened in Athens, Los Angeles and Rome. Iacob is a duple 1988 EFA nominee (Best Film and Best Actor – Dorel Vișan). Daneliuc's favorite and longtime collaborators include actors Mircea Albulescu, Tora Vasilescu, Mircea Diaconu, Ștefan Iordache, Cecilia Bârbora, Valeria Seciu, Gina Patrichi, Gheorghe Dinică, Coca Bloos, Olga Tudorache, Clara Vodă.