Two Romanian Docs in Book on 100 Most Compelling Documentary Films- Friday, January 13, 2023

Two Romanian Docs in Book on 100 Most Compelling Documentary Films

New book recommendation: “Well Documented” by Ian Haydn Smith

Corneliu Porumboiu’s Infinite Football and Alexander Nanau’s Collective are included among the 100 most compelling international documentaries, each with the power to radically change our perceptions and challenge the way we see the world.

Author Ian Haydn Smith, a good friend of the Romanian Film Festival in London and host of our Q&As for more than ten years, has recently published a new book. This is Well Documented: The Essential Documentaries that Prove the Truth is More Fascinating than Fiction.

Every so often a documentary comes along with the power to change the way you think, to share alternative perspectives, to make you furious about injustice or warm your heart. Contained in Well Documented are documentaries that fulfil these criteria and astound viewers around the world; real-life stories to stop you in your tracks, bring tears to your eyes and put your heart in your mouth. This book delves deep into how these films were made, what makes them great, and also what other films you might like if you loved these ones. A foreword from BAFTA and Grammy-winning director Asif Kapadia helps situate this book as one of the invaluable works on cinema today.

Among the 100 gems of the genre, Ian Haydn Smith included Infinite Football and Collective. In Infinite Football (2018), Corneliu Porumboiu talks about his love of football with his friend, Laurentiu Ginghina, who wants to change and streamline “the beautiful game”, and to free it from all restraints. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Collective (2019) follows a crack team of investigators at the Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor as they try to uncover a vast healthcare scandal that came on the footsteps of the tragedy of the Collective nightclub fire, where innocent people died or had their lives radically changed because of greed and corruption.

Well Documented: The Essential Documentaries that Prove the Truth is More Fascinating than Fiction, by Ian Haydn Smith
White Lion Publishing (4 Oct. 2022), ‎ English, Hardcover, 224 pages
ISBN-10: 0711267995, ISBN-13: 978-0711267992
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RFF 20 Years Celebration! This year we celebrate 20 years since we’ve started the Romanian Film Festival in London, back in 2003.- Friday, January 13, 2023

RFF 20 Years Celebration This year we celebrate 20 years since we’ve started the Romanian Film Festival in London, back in 2003.

Start celebrating with us by enjoying some of the top Romanian New Wave films (and more!) on Curzon Home cinema – highlights of our festival as well, over the years.🔘4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days (dir. Cristian Mungiu)🔘Graduation (dir. Cristian Mungiu)🔘Beyond the Hills (dir. Cristian Mungiu)🔘Police, Adjective (dir. Corneliu Porumboiu)🔘The Whistlers / La Gomera (dir. Corneliu Porumboiu)🔘Sunset (dir. László Nemes)🔘Son of Saul (dir. László Nemes).🔘Katalin Varga (dir. Peter Strickland)#RFF20YEARS #RFF2023 #vladivanov #leventemolnar #hildapeter #mungiu #porumboiu 

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See it. Share it. Sorted! Bring actor extraordinaire Vlad Ivanov to your home-screens- Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Photo: Vlad Ivanov as Fr Ivan (One Step Behind the Seraphim), © Matei Buță

See it. Share it. Sorted!Bring actor extraordinaire Vlad Ivanov to your home-screens

Vlad Ivanov burst onto UK and international screens as the ominous and deeply horrendous Mr Bebe, the backstreet abortionist in Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days. This was the opening salvo for what is now a huge collection of meaty roles, including those in Metronom (dir. Alexandru Belc) and Blue Moon (dir. Alina Grigore), two internationally awarded directorial debuts premiered at the Curzon Soho during this year’s Romanian Film Festival (RFF) in London (24-28 Nov. 2022). Vlad attended both London premieres and took part in Q&A sessions and various encounters with the audience.One thing to know about Vlad Ivanov is that his talents have allowed him to embody the most outstanding mad, bad and dangerous to know characters in contemporary European cinema, amassing a portfolio of powerful negative portraits. With the same gusto, and the same deep understanding, he has brought an identical professionalism and method-like verisimilitude to all his roles, from corrupt policemen and priests to secret service chiefs, from oppressors, killers, and abusive bullies to heartless businessmen, aggressive fathers, and venal doctors, along with the focussed head of a space agency and a former cosmonaut (Infiniti – French TV series).Whether his leading or supporting character is twisting and corrupting young minds, making informants out of them and forcing them to become part of the oppressive state apparatus (Metronom, Servants, One Step Behind the Seraphim), whether he is glibly explaining the meaning of a word with the aid of a dictionary in order to stifle any dreams of truth and justice (Police, Adjective), or whether he is doing stupid and dangerous things for love and money (The Whistlers), Vlad Ivanov creates real, three-dimensional, truly memorable identities, banishing even the hint of caricature. Even so, as he told film writer Ian Haydn Smith on the stage of Curzon Soho, in a Q&A session part of the 2022 Romanian Film Festival in London, Vlad Ivanov doesn’t want to be just the terrifyingly best baddy, as he now set his sights on a part in a Romantic comedy – we are all looking forward to that!To fully understand Vlad Ivanov’s chameleon like spirit, one also has to remember that he’s played in a variety of languages: Romanian, French, Hungarian, Slovak, English, Russian, Italian – and even the whistling language of Silbo Gomero. He inhabits a vast world, travelling through time and space, from 1970s Romania to the 1980s Czechoslovakia and again in Romania, then jumping backwards to 1913 Hungary (Sunset) and forwards again to the present time (Blue Moon), floating from the desserts of Kazakhstan and Morocco, to balmy Mediterranean islands, to beaches and oceans, inhabiting monasteries, remote mountain locations, crammed kitchens, hotel rooms and blocks of flats, and being at home in churches and police stations.Watch Vlad Ivanov’s gripping roles in the following films currently available on the Curzon Home Cinema platform. Simply claim your membership, and start watching these cinematic gems on• The terrifying and amoral Mr Bebe in 4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days (dir. Cristian Mungiu),• The cynical Chief Inspector in Graduation (dir. Cristian Mungiu),• Inspector Anghelache, the abject policeman with an explicative dictionary, in Police, Adjective (dir. Corneliu Porumboiu),• Cristi, the corrupt policeman and whistler in love, in The Whistlers / La Gomera (dir. Corneliu Porumboiu),• The inscrutable and oppressive secret service representative Dr Ivan in Servants (dir. Ivan Ostrochovský),• Shop owner Oszkar Brill in Sunset (dir. László Nemes),• The unfortunate Grossmeier in In the Fog (dir. Sergei Loznitsa),• Mr Iliescu the site manager in Tony Erdmann (dir. Maren Ade),• Franco the Elder, the terrifying hitman in Snowpiercer (dir. Bong Joon Ho).As a treat to the Romanian and French speakers among you, the film BLUE MOON, presented in this year’s RFF is now available in Romanian, with French subtitles, on Kino. You can watch it here: MOONDrama / 2021 / 85 min / in RomanianOriginal title: Crai Nou / Debut feature / Certificate 15+Top prize at San Sebastian Film Festival, 2021Director: Alina GrigoreCast: Ioana Chitu, Mircea Postelnicu, Mircea Silaghi, Vlad Ivanov, Ioana Flora, Robi UrsThe film follows the psychological journey of a young woman through a dehumanizing process. Irina struggles to achieve higher education and escape the violence of her dysfunctional family. An ambiguous sexual experience with an artist will spur her intention to fight the violence in her family. Blue Moon is a psychological drama which involves family, sex and a little bit of blood.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -  - - - - - - - - - - -  - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -For other info on Vlad Ivanov, please check

We are grateful to our friend and festival sponsor Remus Robu Solicitors - Sunday, October 9, 2022

We are grateful to our friend and festival sponsor Remus Robu Solicitors

We are grateful to our friend and festival sponsor Remus Robu Solicitors for supporting us to make the 17th Romanian Film Festival in London happen.

Romanian Film Festival in London?- Saturday, October 30, 2021

Vlad Ivanov, Dave Myers at Romanian Film Festival

Great venue? It's Curzon Soho ☑Special guests? Actor Vlad Ivanov & Hairy Bikers' Dave Myers ☑Couldn't have happened without you all.

LUCA. Un film de Horațiu Mălăele.- Friday, May 21, 2021

Premiera online: 21 mai 2021, ora 18.00 (ora Marii Britanii)
Filmul se poate vedea din orice țară.

Proiecția va fi urmată de o sesiune de întrebări și răspunsuri, cu participarea regizorului și a actorilor principali. Moderator: Irina Margareta Nistor.

În rolurile principale: Istvan Teglas, Andi Vasluianu, Rodica Mandache, Mădălina Craiu, Bogdan Mălăele, Gelu Nițu, Horațiu Mălăele

Thrillerul psihologic ‘Luca’ este al treilea lungmetraj regizat de Horațiu Mălăele (după ‘Nunta mută’ și ‘Funeralii fericite’).

Îl cheamă Luca. Un imigrant român care-și trăiește Visul American la New York. Un șofer de taxi care visează să ajungă star de cinema.
Întors în țară după 20 de ani, Luca descoperă o lume pe care nu o mai cunoaște. Va reuși să învingă fantomele trecutului?

Scenariul: Adrian Lustig. Producători: Cristina Dobrițoiu & Adrian Lustig
Thriller / 1h45min / Cert 15 / în română și engleză, cu subtitrare

Filmul va fi disponibil pe platformă în perioada 21 mai - 30 iunie.
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Convorbiri Românești = Dialogue- Friday, December 4, 2020


Convorbiri Românești = Dialogue

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Convorbiri conține știri culturale, interviuri, portrete, recenzii, corespondențe, recomandări.

Editată în limba română, cu rezumate în limba engleză.
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The latest Cultural News, up to date events diary, exciting Interviews and more. Much more. Join us for a meaningful DIALOGUE.

Convorbiri creates connections and openings by inspiring and instigating exchanges of information and knowledge.

INFINITE FOOTBALL (d: Corneliu Porumboiu)- Wednesday, October 9, 2019


After a sports injury that left him unable to play professional football, Laurențiu Ginghină sees himself as a football revolutionary, yearning to upgrade and refine the game, but his theories and trials soon reveal the way that we’re all players in our own beautiful games. It’s Monty Python’s Fear of the Penalty… A heartbreaking and sometimes hilarious portrait of Porumboiu’s childhood friend.

INFINITE FOOTBALL (d: Corneliu Porumboiu)
Friday 25 October 2019; 6.45pm, Curzon Soho
UK Premiere. Followed by Q&A with director Corneliu Porumboiu

(2018 | Romania | Documentary | 70 min | in Romanian, with English subtitles)


The 15th Romanian Film Festival in London: FRAGMENTS OF TRUTH

24 – 28 October 2019 

Curzon Soho Cinema (99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5DY)

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