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 5th Annual Romanian Film Festival of Chicago. 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.
This event was made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors: Romanian GovernmentThe Department for Romanians Abroad, City Habitat Realty, Ro Act Theater, Law Office of Dan Alic, and 220 Communications.
Seating is limited. Click here to purchase tickets.
Facets membership privileges for free admission are not eligible for the 5th Annual Romanian Film Festival of Chicago.
In addition, Groupons and any other passes or discounted tickets will not be accepted for this engagement.
Friday, Sept. 20
Sunt un orba recital by Horatiu Mălăele
The Romanian Cultural Exchange is pleased to continue the series of Chicago performances by our most beloved Romanian actors with the special event featuring the magnificent Horatiu Mălăele. You are invited to an extraordinary recital which combines both comedy and philosophy. The monologue will include texts by Nichita, Brumaru, Păunescu and many more in an interactive context with the public.
Three heavy boozersa Romanian, a Russian and a Bulgarian are tripling away their... happiness, into vodka, at a joint called "The Happy Immigrant", kept by a Turk. The crowd at this venue, made out of survivors of the Babel Tower, is comprised of immigrants who chose Romania as their country of possibilities. A police raid chases away the pub's barflies. While on the run, the three professional boozers stumble upon a fortune teller who specializes in no other than: death prediction. The rest is pure entertainment! Although we are all indebted to one death, some refuse to pay this debt. Who wants to die when it's written in the cards for them or merely predicted?
Directed by Horatiu Mălăele, 2013, Romania. In Romanian with English subtitles.
The screening will be followed by discussion with the prestigious actor and director Horatiu Mălăele.
Ro Act Theatre in collaboration with the Romanian Cultural Exchange present to children of all ages Punguta cu doi bani by Ion Creanga. Please join us for a heartfelt interpretation of the renowned Romanian children's story in which Cucosul Mosului and Gaina Babei (in the interpretation of actors Catalin Nicolae, Radu Vaduva and narrator Anca Dobocan) will come for the first time to life through shadow puppets!
Performed in Romanian without translations.
Sat., Sept. 21 at 11:00 am
Free event/ suggested $5 donation at the door
Please submit an RSVP form to reserve your seats
From This Day Forth (De Azi Inainte)
Stefan is turning 18. His Dad decides this is the day for his son to "become a man", with all that entails. Only things do not go as planned and the father receives a life-changing lesson from his son.
Directed by Dorian Boguta, 2012, Romania, 36 min. In Romanian with English subtitles.
An Unforgettable Summer (O Vara de Neuitat)
Best Film 1994 Cannes Film Fest
A Romanian soldier must choose between family loyalty and political allegiance in this disturbing Romanian drama set in 1925. Capt. Petri Dumitriu has been reassigned to a lonely outpost on the Danube after his wife Marie Therese Von Debretsy refuses the advances of a highly ranked general. On the Danube, Dumitriu's life is thrown into turmoil after Romanian soldiers are brutally slain in an ambush by Macedonian bandits. In retaliation, Dumitriu is ordered to execute the innocent local Bulgarians who work in his family's garden. Marie Therese is appalled and Dumitriu must make a terribly painful decision.
Directed by Lucian Pintilie, 1994, Romania/France, 81 min. In Romanian with English subtitles.
Best Film Best Actress + 3 more awards Gopos Awards Romania
After two years in prison, Matilda is granted a 24-hour temporary release. Not willing to return, she plans to escape, flee the country and start afresh. But before the day is over, Matilda must reconnect with her troubled pastthe family who rejected her, her estranged ex-lover and, most of all, the kid she left behind. The struggle for a new life reminds her that freedom may be just one choice away.
Directed by Bogdan George Apetri, 2012, Romania. In Romanian with English subtitles.
Aron, a 5-year-old boy, sets together with his worried father on a journey at the end of which he wishes, like the superheroes in the comic books, to save his mother suffering from a heart condition
Directed by Tudor Giurgiu, Romania, 2011. In Romanian with English subtitles.
Wedding in Basarabia (Nunta in Basarabia)
Wedding in Bessarabia is a story of a young couple who recently got married in Romania. He is a young conductor from Bucharest and she is a gifted pianist from the Republic of Moldova. One day, they decide to have another wedding in Moldova, hoping to get the money to pay the account for a new apartment. The movie exploits the difference of traditions and habits between Romania and Bessarabia, and a sort of a competition which arises between the families involved.
Directed by Nap Teoade, 2009, Romania/Moldova/Luxembourg, 92 min. In Romanian with English subtitles.
A short movie about the profession of being a Hero. About ordinary people who live their lives in the fast lane every single day...
Directed by Catalin Bugean, Romania. In Romanian with English subtitles.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with director Catalin Bugean.
Adalbert's Dream (Visul Lui Albert)
Best First Feature Film Gopos Awards Romania
Adalbert's Dream is a black comedy based on a real story that happened in a Romanian communist factory in the 80's. A work accident is re-enacted, but the re-enactment turns into a new accident: the worker playing the victim gets his hand cut off, as well. This latest triumph of the Romanian New Wave is set near the end of Ceausescu's dictatorship against the backdrop of Romania's finest moment in soccer: the victory of Steaua Bucharest over Barcelona during the 1986 European Cup Final.
Directed by Gabriel Achim, 2011, Romania. In Romanian with English subtitles.