ROMANIAN FILM FESTIVAL: HomeLands

The 9th edition of the RFF titled Homelands reflects on this year’s current events, while celebrating the power of film to map out new meanings into a world where people have been displaced by wars, economic crises, political instability, and natural disasters.  The internationally acclaimed movies featured in our carefully curated selection, covering all forms and genres, as well as our film related events with special guests, will redefine our sense of homelands and belonging, in relation to our families, neighbors, countries of origin, and, by extension, to our planet itself. As Daniel Ursache’s poster illustrates, movies remain, year after year, our main path and answer, when everything else seems out of place. 

After two successful virtual editions in 2020 and 2021, the festival will continue to showcase the best of the newest film productions from Romania and Europe, promoting outstanding directors, both established and up-and-coming. It will also keep its partnership with Northwest Film Forum, Romanian Film Fest Arizona and its sister-organizations ARCS Arizona and ARCS Detroit. The Romanian Film Festival Arizona, will have its in person screenings November 19-20 at Majestic Tempe 7 in Tempe, AZ.

https://www.arcsproject.org/project/the-romanian-film-festival-seattle-9th-edition/

Monday Night Travel: ROMANIA

October 31: Watch with Cameron Hewitt – Romania

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On this Halloween edition of Monday Night Travel, we creep deep into Transylvania…and other parts of Romania. Cameron Hewitt returns to MNT for a “watch along” of our 2015 Romania episode, which he helped Rick scout, write, and produce. In addition to uncovering the great sights of this underrated land – from its bustling capital, Bucharest, to Dracula lore and castles in Transylvania, to the time passed lifestyles of remote Maramureș – Cameron shares behind the scenes stories from this challenging-to-produce television show. And he might have a few Halloween themed “trick or treat” eats, too!

LITERATURE: Mircea Cărtărescu

The Jury recognized the Romanian poet, essayist and narrator as “a multifaceted writer […] who is part of the tradition of world literature, questioning his readers all over the world from a dreamlike and existential point of view”.

Mircea Cărtărescu, FIL Literature Prize 2022

Mircea Cărtărescu, distins cu Premiul pentru Literatură în Limbi Romanice în cadrul Târgului Internațional de Carte de la Guadalajara

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BOOK: THE GIRL THEY LEFT BEHIND

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On a freezing night in January 1941, a little Jewish girl is found on the steps of an apartment building in Bucharest. With Romania recently allied with the Nazis, the Jewish population is in grave danger so the girl is placed in an orphanage and eventually adopted by a wealthy childless couple who name her Natalia. As she assimilates into her new life, she all but forgets the parents who were forced to leave her behind.

A story not to be repeated, a book to read. Happy National Read a Book Day!

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