TIFF reveals selection
by Stefan Dobroiu
10/05/2012 - Approximately 200 features will be screened during the 11th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival, which will kick off on June 1 in the city of Cluj-Napoca. In the official competition, eight European first and second films and four productions from other continents will vie for the festival's top award, the Transylvania Trophy. Among the titles there are Chistophe Van Rompaey's Lena [trailer] (Netherlands-Belgium), Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdson's Either Way (Iceland), Maja Milos' Clip [trailer, film focus] (Serbia), and Joachim Trier's Oslo, August 31st [trailer, film focus] (Norway). There are no Romanian films in this year's competition.
In its Supernova sidebar, the festival will screen high-profile international productions, many of them awarded at important festivals in the world. Another sidebar, No Limit, is reserved for shocking new films, while more than a dozen horrors and thrillers are included in the Shadows sidebar, which also has a competition of short films. Danish and Australian cinema are the subject of two Focus sections, while all the films directed by Stanley Kubrick will be screened, in remastered versions, together with a few documentaries about the work of the great director, in the 100% Stanley Kubrick section. 16 new documentaries are included in the What's Up Doc? sidebar.
One of the most popular sidebars, Romanian Days, will screen new domestic productions from 2011 and 2012. Among the new titles there are Tudor Giurgiu's Of Men and Snails (photo), Florin Piersic Jr.'s Killing Time, Radu Gabrea's Three Days Till Christmas, a film about the last three days of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu, and Anca Hirte's Teodora Sinner. Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills [trailer, film focus], included in the official competition at Cannes, is the obvious absence in the sidebar.
Geraldine Chaplin will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Romanian actor Ion Caramitru has also been chosen for an award for his film and theatrical career.