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FESTIVALS Romania

Europe takes half of TIFF competition

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Yesterday evening, the Transylvania International Film Festival revealed the 12 titles vying for its Transylvania Trophy. Dedicated by tradition to first and second feature films, the line-up is split between Europe and the rest of the world.

Volcano [+see also:
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, Runar Runarsson's feature debut, will come to Cluj directly from Cannes, where it competes in the Directors' Fortnight sidebar, while Valdis Oskardottir's King's Road [+see also:
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had its world première in Locarno's Piazza Grande. Sweden's Lisa Aschan is competing for the festival's awards with She Monkeys [+see also:
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, Belgium's Hans Van Nuffel with Oxygen [+see also:
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, and Germany's Baran Bo Odar with The Silence [+see also:
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Moreover, three competition titles are European co-productions: Alexander Mindadze's Innocent Saturday (Russia/Germany/Ukraine), Miguel Cohan's No Return [+see also:
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(Argentina/Spain) and Federico Veiroj's A Useful Life (Uruguay/Spain).

Israel competes with Guy Nattiv's The Flood, India with Srinivas Sunderrajan's The Untitled Kartik Krishnan Project and the US with Zeina Durra's The Imperialists Are Still Alive!.

The Romanian entry is Principles of Life [+see also:
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, Constantin Popescu's (Portrait of the Fighter as a Young Man [+see also:
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) second feature, which competed last year in San Sebastian. Starring Vlad Ivanov as a man who apparently has everything he ever wished for until a series of misadventures calls his entire existence into question, the HiFilm production is expected to be released domestically in autumn.

The festival's tenth edition will take place from June 3-12 in Cluj and will be followed by a shorter edition in the city of Sibiu from June 15-19.

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