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BigBang International Short Film Festival 2019 Romanian Short Films

Program

The festival will take place from 7.6.2018 to 9.6.2018 in a central theatre in Athens called "Cinema Lais" (Greek Film Archive - Film Museum). It's located at 48 str. Iera Odos & 134-136 str. Megalou Alexandrou, Kerameikos, Athens, (metro station Kerameikos), (www.tainiothiki.gr).


SCREENING SCHEDULE 
Το φεστιβάλ θα πραγματοποιηθεί από 7.6.2019 έως 9.6.2019 στον Κινηματογράφο Λαΐς (Ταινιοθήκη της Ελλάδος - Μουσείο Κινηματογράφου), Ιερά Οδός & Μεγάλου Αλεξάνδρου 134-136, Κεραμεικός, Αθήνα (Στάση Μετρό Κεραμεικός) (www.tainiothiki.gr).

Αναλυτικό πρόγραμμα ημερήσιων προβολών
Friday / Παρασκευή 7 June / Ιουνίου 18:00-20:00 (Ταινιοθήκη της Ελλάδας / Greek Film Archive)

Mariana / Cristi Mungiu (First Step) (16')

We follow the parallel stories of a family of people focusing mostly on the young daughter’s decision to leave Romania and search for a better life in the West. The stories are only connected to each other through various media like an English learning show on television and a psychological support broadcast on the radio.



The new Romanian creators before, now and after / Πριν, τώρα και μετά οι νέοι Ρουμάνοι δημιουργοί (60')

Presentation of New Romanian Cinema with the following guests: 
Παρουσίαση Νέου Ρουμανικού Κινηματογράφου με τους καλεσμένους: 
Manuela Cernat, Cristian Pascariou, Andrada Botezatu & Razvan Mihai Badea.
Presentation will be coordinated by the Film Historian Mrs. Ioanna Athanasatou.
Συντονίζει η Ιστορικός Κιν/φου Ιωάννα Αθανασάτου.




Opening Ceremony (45')

 


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Friday / Παρασκευή 7 June / Ιουνίου 20:00-22:00 (Ταινιοθήκη της Ελλάδας / Greek Film Archive)

Παρουσίαση ταινιών / Films presentation (10')

The programme will be presented by director Maria Lafi.  
Το πρόγραμμα θα παρουσιάσει η σκηνοθέτιδα Μαρία Λάφη.




Cigarettes and coffee / Cristi Puiu (First Step) (13')

An old man enters a restaurant in Bucharest. He takes a seat at a table where a younger man who looks like he could be a successful businessman is already eating a desert. Their conversation revolves around a job opening for the older man, who has been out of work for two years. However, if you want work these days, it's no good coming empty handed. Even if it's your son whose doing the employing.



Wedding duet / Goran Mihailov (20')

Two lovers. A great day. Everything should be perfect.



As up to now / Katalin Moldovai (23')

Hope is what brings us forward. All the characters in the movie – the main character Margit, and her daughter Judit- become part of a hope giving lie. Margit suffers from a serious skin cancer, but her daughter arranges that her mother be treated. She goes to the treatments alone, and her life become more active and the relationship with her daughter seems to get better.



The little hero / Elena Ciolacu (2')

On a beautiful spring day, just after the rain has stopped, a little boy tries to convince his ever-busy mother to go out and play together. Disappointed by her rejection, he goes out on his own, but the whimsical appearance of a butterfly sets him out on an imaginary adventure to rescue his mother from the tedious prison of work and worries.



The Pill of Happiness / Cecília Felméri (11')

Revenge. Feels so good. Are you ready to pay the price for it?



Insectarium / Andreea Dobre (2' 35'')

One day a man decides to keep track of every single emotion he experiences.



There's nothing in this world / Andreea Vălean (11')

Two old friends reconnect after a long time. One is a sketchy bar manager,the other, an artdesigner with a huge poker debt. Their lives couldn't be more different. But is their childhood bond strong enough for forgiving a missed wedding and carrying out a promise to a dead father?



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Friday / Παρασκευή 7 June / Ιουνίου 22:00-24:00 (Ταινιοθήκη της Ελλάδας / Greek Film Archive)

Παρουσίαση ταινιών / Films presentation (10')

The programme will be presented by director Antonis Glaros  
Το πρόγραμμα θα παρουσιάσει ο σκηνοθέτης Αντώνης Γλαρός




The only lion from the zoo / Οvidiu Georgescu (First Step) (11')

 



A Night in Tokoriki / Roxana Stroe (18')

In an improvised night club called "Tokoriki" the whole village celebrates Geanina’s 18th birthday. Her boyfriend and Alin will give her a most surprising gift, one that nobody will ever forget.



The Wedding Bouquet / Matei-Alexandru Mocanu (24')

At a Gypsy mafia wedding, politicians, businessmen,and the secret police sit down to cut a deal involving European Union funds. A short film about organized crime, corruption, politics, and money laundering in present day Romania.



Dying From a Wound of Love / Iulia Rugină (23')

This is the evening when Andrei and Maria will hear Angela Similea’s song for the last time. Because this is the evening when they each decided they are going to die. From a wound of love.


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Saturday / Σάββατο 8 June / Ιουνίου 18:00 - 20:00 (Ταινιοθήκη της Ελλάδος / Greek Film Archive)

Παρουσίαση ταινιών / Films presentation (10')

The programme will be presented by screenwriter Vassilis Tsiouvaras
Το πρόγραμμα θα παρουσιάσει ο σεναριογράφος Βασίλης Τσιουβάρας




The Apartment / Constantin Popescu (First Step) (21')

A string of events connect several people surrounding an apartment building one morning in this wordless Romanian comedy short



«C» Block story / Cristian Nemescu (15')

Madly in love with Monika, a neighbor of his, Andrei a shy teenager, calls to an erotic phone line to find out how he could seduce a girl in the elevator. Elevator love stories in the outskirts of Bucharest…



America / George ve Gänæaard, Horia Cucută (2')

Frederik’s attempts at creating the safest place possible, where he is protected by his lovely walls in a room filled with guns. A story of uNRAveling.



Everything is far away / Emanuel Pârvu (15')

An affectionate mother and her younger son travel a long distance to pay a surprise birthday visit to his older brother. But he doesn’t show up. A humble story about the troubles and dilemmas unconditional mother’s love can bring upon itself.



Offstage / Andrei Huţuleac (25')

A famous romanian actor is kidnapped by the obsessed mother of a young man.



Family Portrait / Teodor Mirea (15')

Gabi, a former army engineer, is dating a woman found on Tinder for the first time in his life. At this meeting, Gabi has the surprise to be presented to Maria’s family as her fiancé.


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Saturday / Σάββατο 8 June / Ιουνίου 20:00 - 22:00 (Ταινιοθήκη της Ελλάδος / Greek Film Archive)

Παρουσίαση ταινιών / Films presentation (10')

The programme will be presented by director Thelyia Petraki.  
Το πρόγραμμα θα παρουσιάσει η σκηνοθέτιδα Θέλγια Πετράκη.




Fragile / Doru Nitescu (First Step) (8')





Alazia / Cristian Pascariu (12')

Being diagnosed with cancer, Ema’s life is fading away. As a last resort, her friends take her to a shaman, who uses some eccentric musical methods and invocations. During the uncanny experience with shaman Gyuri, she realizes it’s already too late and the only thing left for her is to enjoy life.



The Christmas Gift / Bogdan Mureșanu (23')

A son's letter to Santa for Christmas turns his father's evening into a thriller he did not ask for.
On the 20th of December, 1989, a few days after Ceausescu's bloody repression in Timisoara, a father’s quiet evening turns to sheer ordeal as he finds out that his little son has mailed a wish letter to Santa. As the kid understood, his father’s desire was to see Ceausescu dead.




Sunny rain / Andrada Botezatu (13')

A highschool boy has a crush on a girl in his class, but it's not clear whether she likes him back or she's just playing. A love story between two teens with their heads in the clouds and opposite views on love who are having trouble communicating.



Written / Unwritten / Adrian Silișteanu (20')

Outside a maternity ward, a Roma family is announced their underage daughter has just had a baby girl. Pardică (50) doesn’t seem to celebrate the moment; he is very displeased with this early pregnancy, for which he blames his wife. However, things become even tenser when a hospital employee asks them to sign some papers and discovers issues related to their IDs and their status as parents of the underage new mother. The imminent danger of state authorities separating them from their daughter determines Pardică to take action.



The gift / Dumitru Grosei (18')

A kid gets a pair of binoculars as a Christmas gift, but what he wants more is to go hunting with his father.



The Best Customer / Serghei Chiviriga (13')

Kruchowsky family owns a funeral home. One day, an old man orders twelve funerary wreaths with sympathy messages for many relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Kruchowsky become suspicious and start to investigate this potential cold blooded assassin.


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Saturday / Σάββατο 8 June / Ιουνίου 22:00 - 24:00 (Ταινιοθήκη της Ελλάδος / Greek Film Archive)

Παρουσίαση ταινιών / Films presentation (10')

The programme will be presented by director George Teltzidis.  
Το πρόγραμμα θα παρουσιάσει ο σκηνοθέτης Γιώργος Τελτζίδης.




A trip to the city / Corneliu Porumboiu (First Step) (20')

A beautiful morning, the need of the internet of a little village and the toilet that the mayor’s wife is crying for, bring together the computer passioned teacher and the mayor’s driver for a little trip to the city. A trip starting from an old obsolete mode of life and pointing to a new world outlook.



Art / Adrian Sitaru (19')

After a casting session, two filmmakers agree that they had found the perfect 14 years old girl to star in their new movie. Now, they have to convince the reluctant mother to let her daughter play the role of a sexually abused child. What follows is a witty argumentation on proper parenting and on the abuses and sacrifices made in the name of great works of art.



disAbilities / Alin Duruian (9')

We get acquainted with Andrei (Micul Gigant) who suffers from spastic paraparesis and we get to see him fighting every day for progress. He has an online comunity he spends most of his time with.



Derby / Paul Negoescu (15')

Mircea has a 15-year-old daughter whose boyfriend is invited to dine with the family. He arrives earlier and they go to her bedroom. While watching TV, Mircea can hear his daughter moaning from her room. The dinner starts and Mircea finds out that the boyfriend supports a different football team.


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Sunday / Κυριακή 9 June / Ιουνίου 18:00 - 20:00 (Ταινιοθήκη της Ελλάδος / Greek Film Archive)

Παρουσίαση ταινιών / Films presentation (10')

The programme will be presented by director Vivian Papageorgiou.  
Το πρόγραμμα θα παρουσιάσει η σκηνοθέτιδα Βίβιαν Παπαγεωργίου.




Gone with the Wine / Corneliu Porumboiu (First Step) (9')

A young man’s attempt to flee the misery of his alcoholic villagers.



Emergency Landing / Loránd Gábor (20')

With the Master’s degree finished in Philosophy and unable to find a job, Alex moves Back from Bucharest to his parents in Resita.



A Short Film About Voyeurism / Eugen Dediu (5')

A young photographer follows a girl on the streets of the city.



The cork justifies the means / Mihai Ionescu (30')

A citizen, while on his way home, falls into a manhole with no hatch – it had been stolen. His beer belly blocks him; he finds himself half inside the hole and hands in the pockets. Patiently and full of hope, he is waiting to be rescued, but the circumstances he’s going through prove to be exhausting for the other characters. Our “cork-man” lives his own dramatic incident officially in front of the eyes of the others.



Bucharest - Wien 8:15 am / Cãtãlin Mitulescu (13')

5 o'clock in the morning. Niki gathers all that he finds valuable in his house. His wife and child are asleep. He intends to go in Germany. He has a passport to work illegally. He leaves with Cretu, his childhood friend. Together it will be easier. Their way is far more difficult than they imagined.



Horses don't die on a dog’s wish / Cristian Radu (2')

Romanian poet Nichita Stănescu tells us about a peculiar phone call he received a few days before.



Village Fashion / Ibolya Simó (22')

The still waters of a village in the middle of nowhere is disturbed by the arrival of a woman. After initial feuds local wives try to reconquer their husbands with the help of the new-comer, a cosmopolitan fashion designer.


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Sunday / Κυριακή 9 June / Ιουνίου 20:00 - 22:30 Αφιέρωμα Υγεία / Special Tribute “Health

Art Therapy-1 / Cristian Pascariu (3')





Παρουσίαση ταινιών / Films presentation (10')

Presentation by the Romanian director Cristian Pascariu about Art therapy in Romania.
Παρουσίαση από τον Ρουμάνο σκηνοθέτη Cristian Pascariu για την Art therapy στην Ρουμανία.




Art Therapy-2 / Cristian Pascariu (3')





Alazia / Cristian Pascariu (12')

Being diagnosed with cancer, Ema’s life is fading away. As a last resort, her friends take her to a shaman, who uses some eccentric musical methods and invocations. During the uncanny experience with shaman Gyuri, she realizes it’s already too late and the only thing left for her is to enjoy life.



Garden & Schnaps / Amelie Loy (12')

The stubbornness with which my grandmother repots the flowers and applies the stone paths at an outdoor temperature of 30° celcius is equivalent to the stubbornness with which she opposes her cancer with self-determination. Garden & Schnaps tries to catch the nuances between autonomy and displacement and tells about the (im)possibilities to escape oneself.



Orphan drugs / The Storytelling Gene (9')

What are the orphan drugs and why do they cost a fortune? We approach the issue of orphan drugs and the commercialization of health, on the occasion of a patient case from the hostels of unaccompanied minors of NGO PRAKSIS



disAbilities / Alin Duruian (8' 50'')

We get acquainted with Andrei (Micul Gigant) who suffers from spastic paraparesis and we get to see him fighting every day for progress. He has an online comunity he spends most of his time with.



As up to now / Katalin Moldovai (23')

Hope is what brings us forward. All the characters in the movie – the main character Margit, and her daughter Judit- become part of a hope giving lie. Margit suffers from a serious skin cancer, but her daughter arranges that her mother be treated. She goes to the treatments alone, and her life become more active and the relationship with her daughter seems to get better.



Zak Kostopoulos: Positive story / D.Papathanassis & K.Chatzimichailidis (15')

The late Zak Kostopoulos who was member of the NGO "Positive Voice" presents his point of view on the documentary "DISQUISITION ABOUT HIV"


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Sunday / Κυριακή 9 June / Ιουνίου 22:30 - 23:30 (Ταινιοθήκη της Ελλάδος / Greek Film Archive)

CLOSING & DISTRIBUTION AWARDS CEREMONY (60')

CLOSING & DISTRIBUTION AWARDS CEREMONY

During the Closing Ceremony a music program from Romania will be performed by Gabriela Apostol (vocals) and Igor Sprincean (guitar).



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