Liviu Ciulei Centenary
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of director Liviu Ciulei’s birthday, Transilvania IFF.22 invites everyone to a special screening of Pădurea Spânzuraților / Forest of the Hanged. Released in 1964, the film received the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Director. Adapted from Liviu Rebreanu's novel about the drama of Lieutenant Apostol Bologa in the First World War, the film remains an important milestone in the evolution of Romanian cinema and a defining moment in Victor Rebengiuc's career.
Pădurea spânzuraților / The Forest of the Hanged screening will take place on Saturday, June 10th, at 19:15 at Cinema ARTA. Tickets are available online.
An evening of dancing
On Tuesday, June 13th, at the Casa de Cultură a Studenților, the public is invited to the JTI Romania evenin featuring stories about dance, art and choreography. The programme opens with O întâmplare cu jazz (d. Mircea Albuțiu, 2023, Romania), a ciné-vérité essay about an artist who fundamentally redefined the vocabulary of Romanian dance: Miriam Răducanu. Filmed in the Răducanu family home, the short film shows the unclassifiable artist as she creates a new choreography guided by the jazz and trumpet of Miles Davis.
The second film of the evening, Crystal Pite: Angels' Atlas (r. Chelsea McMullan, Canda, 2022), documents the rebirth of the Canadian National Ballet after the pandemic, the moments of uncertainty, the incredible joy of reuniting artists, the intense rehearsals, and the complex personality and fearless style of choreographer Crystal Pite. All preparations cathartically culminate in a full-length performance captured for cinema.
Tickets are available online.
In the foyer of Casa de Cultură a Studenților (Students' Cultural Centre), spectators can also discover a unique project: the VR installation TrioMix by Gigi Căciuleanu (d. Andy Lupu). In this virtual experience, the spectator actually enters the dance space, becoming the camera that films the choreography. It is the first project of its kind by dancer, choreographer and teacher Gigi Căciuleanu, an artist who developed his craft and passion for contemporary avant-garde dance under the guidance of Miriam Răducanu, participating in her famous Nocturne during his studies.
Throughout the festival, the Museum of Art in Cluj-Napoca will also host a related photo exhibition where Mircea Albuțiu captures the artist Miriam Răducanu in multiple moments seemingly suspended in time.
Horațiu Mălăele in Piciu / The Kid
The last film directed by Iosif Demian before he left the country, Piciu / The Kid (1984) is based on a screenplay written by Mircea Diaconu. The story of a group of schoolchildren on summer holiday appealed to over 1.5 million cinema-goers when it was released. The cast includes Victor Rebengiuc, Răzvan Vasilescu, Diana Lupescu and Horațiu Mălăele, who will be attending the special screening. Viewers will have the opportunity to see the uncensored ending of the film for the first time. The director Iosif Demian got hold of the ending sequence that was initially censored by the communist regime.
On the same day, Horațiu Mălăele will also perform a one-man-show, Sunt un orb / A Blind Man, in Cluj and will receive the Excellency Award of Transilvania IFF.22.
Piciu / The Kid will be screened on Saturday, June 17th, at Cinema ARTA. Tickets can be bought online.