Supernova is once more the place where filmgoers will see the pick of the crop from last year festivals, 25 noteworthy art-house movies selected by Mihai Chirilov
Transilvania IFF will continue this year the programming of 3D screenings at Cinema Florin Piersic, Cluj. This will be a unique chance for filmgoers to see Martin Scorsese's HUGO 3D, a film that despite winning 5 Academy Awards and being nominated for 6 others, was not picked up for distribution in Romania.
Supernova includes yet another film that went to Oscars, Monsieur Lazhar, directed by Philippe Falardeau. After he learns the death of a sixth grade teacher, Bachir Lazhar, an Algerian refugee, propose himself as a substitute at the school's headmistress. For this film, Philippe Falardeau was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.
A must-see is This Is Not a Film directed by Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi. The documentary is the last work Iranian film maker Jafar Panahi managed to make after he was placed under house arrest by his country’s government and banned from directing for the foreseeable future.
From the line-up we also recommend Café de Flore directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and starring Vanessa Paradis, a film with a narrative structure composed of two strangely interconnected love stories. Winner of Caméra d'Or at Cannes 2011, Pablo Giorgelli’s The Accacia Trees is another interesting film in Supernova -a slow-paced and intimate road-movie about a truck driver who must accompany an unknown woman and her baby for a 1500 km drive. , a reflection of a country wavering between war and peace, where everything at any moment can spin out of control. Selected for Locarno.
The filmgoers should not miss Beirut Hotel directed by Danielle Arbid, a ten days love story between a young Lebanese singer and a French lawyer, The Minister by Pierre Schöller, winner of FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes 2011, A simple Life directed by Ann Hui and inspired from real events, about a maid who decides to quit her job after 60 years of service, and Poongsan directed by Juhn Jaihong and produced by Kim Ki-duk', the story of a young man who crosses over North and South Korea to deliver the pain and longings of separated families.
The highlights also include Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson starring in John Madden's comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel about British retirees coming to India to find relaxation in a newly restored hotel and a cinematic tour de force by director Miguel Gomes in Tabu, nominated for Golden Bear and winner of FIPRESCI Prize in Berlin.