The second day dedicated to Romanian cinema will bring at Florin Piersic Cinema two absolute premieres, which will ensure the presence of iconic guests at the tenth edition of the festival.
At 6.00 p.m., with the occasion of Lucian Georgescu’s debut feature – The Phantom Father, the audience will have the pleasure to meet actors Marcel Iureş and Mihaela Sîrbu and writer Barry Gifford. The latter is returning to Cluj after he was one of the members of the Official Competition Jury in 2003. Lucian Georgescu’s film uses Gifford’s work, The Phantom Father, as a starting point, his collaboration with the writer being a very successful and close one. American Professor Robert Traum takes a sabbatical and turns his back on a present without surprise, to live an adventure from the past. Back in the Old World, he researches the origins of his father and uncle, the famous Traum brothers: Rudolf, a famous novelist, and Samuel – once a notorious gangster in Chicago. While traveling through Transylvania and Bucovina Robert meets Tanya, a Government archivist. Together they find Sami, the last surviving family friend, a cinema projectionist who was chased out of his old movie theatre by a greedy local politician. While Robert helps Sami win his theatre, Sami gives Robert his identity back.
Starting at 8.30 p.m., Cinema Florin Piersic will host another anticipated premiere – Loverboy, the second feature directed by Cătălin Mitulescu, starring Ada Condeescu and George Piştereanu, protagonists of 2010 festival and box-office hit, If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (dir. Florin Șerban).
After its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival, within the Un Certain Regard section, Loverboy comes directly to Cluj, bringing the entire cast and crew in front of the public.
Luca (20) seduces girls and then leaves them in the hands of his friends at the Black Sea port Constanta. But when he meets the beautiful and exuberant Veli, Luca falls in love... It's summer down the Danube river. The music is loud, the cars are fancy, the girls are tanned and Veli runs away from home to Luca's bed. First love has never felt more dangerous.