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The 6th Annual
Romanian Cultural Marathon

Romanian Cultural Marathon poster

 

 

Sept. 19–21, 2014

Romanian Cultural Exchange (ROCX), a Chicago-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting creative programs and projects focused on intercultural and educational exchange, invites you to celebrate Romania's rich culture of film and folklore at the 6th Annual Romanian Cultural Marathon.

Romanian cinema has transformed over the years to portray the country and its people for who they really are. This new wave of Romanian cinema has been gaining international recognition over the past decade for its authenticity and original style. Join us as we tell tales of folklore from our rich past, while celebrating how far we have come.

Performances will be in Romanian, without English translations. All movies and shorts will be in Romanian with English subtitles.


Tickets:
Seating is limited. Click here to purchase tickets.

Facets membership privileges for free admission are not eligible for the 6th Annual Romanian Film Festival of Chicago. In addition, Groupons and any other passes or discounted tickets will not be accepted for this engagement.


Opening Night Gala Event

Friday, Sept. 19

The marathon kicks off in style with the Opening Night Gala Event, featuring community highlights and tributes to our members and partners such as Heifer International.

I'm an Old Communist Hag
Sunt o Baba Comunista

Film still: I'm an Old Communist Hag

 

NOMINATED
Best Cinematography
Gopos Awards,
Romania

I'm an Old Communist Hag tells the story of Emilia, a 60-year old woman who lives peacefully with her husband Tucu (Marian Ralea) in a small Romanian town. The couple is overwhelmed with joy when they receive a phone call from Canada: their daughter, Alice (Ana Ularu, Shooting Star at last year's Berlinale) will visit them together with her American fiancé Alan (Collin Blair). Things could not be better for Emilia, who looks forward to basking in the young couple's happiness. Moreover, Emilia, who is famous in the neighbourhood for her communist nostalgia, is asked to be part of a documentary about the extensive festivities organized on August 23, the national holiday before the '89 Revolution.

Directed by Stere Gulea, Romania, 2013, 98 mins. In Romanian and English with English subtitles.

Schedule


7:00 pm: cocktail party

8:00 pm:
Welcome Note & Community Highlights Vicki Clarke of Heifer International

Breaking Bad excerpt and Q&A with Marius Stan

9:00 pm: feature film

10:30 pm: Q&A with Honored Guest Marian Ralea

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Children's Show: "Abracadabra"
with Marian Ralea and Teatrul Vostru

Abracadabra

Câte fetiţe nu şi-au dorit să fie Zâne şi Prinţese salutate de Prinţi frumoşi? Câţi dintre băieţi nu au vrut să-şi arate voinicia şi neînfricarea în faţa frumoaselor colege ? 

Cei mai slabi, au vrut să fie Regi ai Pădurilor, precum Leii Paralei. Unora le-a plăcut Lupul cel Rău, dar în faţa Scufiţei Roşii (prietena lui de bancă) nu a reuşit decât să-i spună “ce frumos îţi stă în roşu”. De la această Lume de Poveste, de care avem cu toţii atâta nevoie, la Lumea Viitorului nu este decât un pas. 

Câţi copii nu şi-au dorit să fie Roboţi sau Super Oameni veniţi din alte planete pentru a se împrieteni cu cei mici de pe pământ. Cu toţii ne-am dorit în visurile noastre să fim personajele pe care le-am văzut pe micile şi marile ecrane. Iar de la Erou de Poveste la Vedeta de film este foarte puţin. 

Carnavalul îţi oferă posibilitatea să intri în această lume a visului şi a gândului bun, mai cu seamă dacă există zâmbetul, chiar şi trist, al clovnului. Măcar o dată pe an, cu ocazia Carnavalului, să fim ca în Paradis.

Oile să danseze cu Lupii, Prinţii cu Zmeoaicele, Zânele cu Balaurii, Câinii cu Pisicile, dezvăluind o lume a bucuriei şi a fericirii, o imagine a Lumii fără supărări şi griji, o eliberare a visului şi gândului bun ce sălăşluieşte în noi.

Performed in Romanian without translations.

Showtime

  • Saturday, Sept. 20 at 11:00 am
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The Japanese Dog
Câinele Japonez

Film still: The Japanese Dog
WINNER
Best Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actor
Gropos Awards,
Romania
"Director Tudor Cristian Jurgiu demonstrates the same exacting sense of time and space as Puiu, Porumboiu, et al, and the rigorous style ameliorates the sentimentality of the script"
  —Chicago Reader

The life of Costache Moldu (Rebengiuc) has literally been devastated by a recent flood in his village in southern Romania, killing his wife and destroying his home. He salvages what he can, collecting in a cart the detritus of a long life, which he brings to the house he's been allocated by the town (there's still no electricity).

A few brief scenes capture his personality: independent, proud, with a veneer of firmness that gives way to generosity. He has a piece of land worth about $8,000 that the mayor (Laurentiu Lazar) suggests he sell, though as Costache says, "What can I do with all that money?"

Then his estranged son Ticu (Serban Pavlu, Everybody in Our Family) arrives from Japan with wife Hiroko (Kana Hashimoto) and son Koji (Toma Hashimoto). Costache hasn't spoken with his son for ages; he doesn't use a phone, and it's clear he wasn't very happy when Ticu left local girl Gabi (Ioana Abur) and moved to Asia. Now that they're all together, Costache starts thinking of what he can do with the land, but Ticu and family don't plan on staying.

Directed by Tudor Cristian Jiurgiu, Romania, 2013, 86 mins. In Romanian with English subtitles.

Showtime

  • Saturday, Sept. 20 at 6:00 pm
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U.S. Premiere

La Lilieci
with Marian Ralea and Teatrul Vostru

La Lilieci

"La lilieci este un spectacol deschis in care poate oricine intra in joc, singura conditie este sa-l fi citit pe Sorescu" —Marian Ralea

Spectacolul La lilieci suprinde cu veselie si umor crampeie din viata satului oltenesc Bulzesti in care se intampla minuni. Spectacolul ilustreaza cu har intelepciunea seculara a unor traditii adanc inradacinate in rutina satelor. Se contureaza o serie de personaje, inzestrate cu un caracter puternic dar si cu smerenie si cuviinta in fata divinitatii.

In aceasta lume, rupta de forfota repezita in care noi ne traim vietile, povestile lui Marins Sorescu au ramas vii pana in ziua de azi luptand impotriva timpului devastator, iar in casele acestor oameni coboara Dumnezeu. Un univers plin de mister, autenticitate si farmec in care filosofia naiva a romanilor da forta cuvantului din intamplarle bulzestenilor.

La Lilieci este cimitirul unde sufletele mortilor se intalnesc cu sufletele viilor, locul sfant in care cinstirea stramosilor vine sa implineasca bunul simt al acestui popor.

No English translations.

Showtimes


Saturday, Sept. 20

7:30 pm: Evening Reception & Community Highlight

Don Lothrop, founder of the New Vista Partners, a venture capital fund focused exclusively on Romania. RomaniaOne, encouraging struggles and successes of Romanian Civil Society—one hectare at a time.

8:30 pm: feature performance


Matinee performance:
Sunday, Sept. 21 at 3 pm

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Sunday Evening Show & Feature Film

September 21

Miss Christina
Domnisoara Christina

Film still: Miss Christina

 

NOMINATED
Best Leading Actress
Gopos Awards,
Romania

The film is an adaptation of the well known short story "Miss Christina" by Mircea Eliade. Moscu arrives at the mansion with his girlfriend, Sanda, the young artist Egor Paschievici notes that her entire family worships Miss Christina, her aunt murdered in unclear circumstances when she was just 20 years old, during the riots of 1907. Egor is inexplicably drawn into a portrait of Miss Christina and begins to dream. Soon, however, the boundary between dream and reality is blurred and Miss Christina, love Egor, is brought back to life through occult rituals even by her family. When realized, however, that life is in danger Egor Sanda decides to fight the ghost.

Directed by Alexandru Maftei, 2013, Romania, 101 mins. In Romanian with English subtitles.

Schedule


6:30 pm: "Remember Caragiale?" ("Incursiune in Lumea lui Caragiale") with RoAct Theater

7:00 pm: Local Filmmaker Showcase, featuring Shorts by Irina Botea

7:30 pm: Introduction to Miss Christina by Mircea Eliade with honored guest Dr. Thomas Pavel

8:00 pm: feature film

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The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. Call the Cinémathèque Hotline at 773.281.4114 for the latest schedule, showtimes and updates.

For all Cinémathèque inquiries, contact Charles Coleman at 773.281.9075 or charles@facets.org.

  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation