Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past five years or so, you’ll realize that Romanian cinema has been experiencing a creative renaissance. Directors with difficult-to-pronounce names like Porumboiu, Mungiu, Nemescu, Puiu, and Mitulescu have put Romania on the cinematic map, winning awards at festivals all over the world. It’s exciting, then, that Toronto has its very own festival of Romanian film, taking place this year from May 20th-22nd at Innis Town Hall and the Bloor Cinema. The fourth edition’s theme is “A Day in the Life” and in addition to features, the program will feature a curated selection of short films as well as an examination of documentaries from the pre-1989 Communist era.
Curated and presented by the Toro Arts Group, the Toronto Romanian Film Festival is just a part of their year-round mission to present Toronto audiences with all aspects of Romanian culture. Highlights from this year’s festival include Florin Serban’s If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, which was Romania’s submission to the Academy Awards this year, and the epic documentary The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu, compiled from the archives of official footage of the dictator and his wife.
Tickets are $15 ($10 for students) and passes for the entire festival are $105 ($65 for students). More information at the festival’s web site.