Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema 2016

Dec. 1–8, 2016

The JBFC is proud to join the Romanian Film Initiative in copresenting the 11th edition of Making Waves. Cofounded in 2012 by Corina Suteu, Mihai Chirilov, and Oana Radu, the independent Romanian Film Initiative aims to preserve and enhance the festival’s crucial and creative spirit. New Romanian Cinema entered its second decade of greatness with a bang, having no less than two titles selected in Cannes′ official competition and subsequently in the New York Film Festival, Graduation and Sieranevada, and two others that won prizes in the Berlin (Illegitimate) and Locarno film festivals (Scarred Hearts). Established New Wave directors Cristian Mungiu, Cristi Puiu, Adrian Sitaru, and Radu Jude are joined by the new voices of Bogdan Mirică and Paul Negoescu, both delivering standout genre cinema with the Balkan western Dogs and the indie comedy Two Lottery Tickets. The endearing documentary about vanishing movie theaters, Cinema, Mon Amour, by Alexandru Belc, completes this year′s Romanian selection, while Tomasz Wasilewski’s United States of Love, representing guest country Poland, adds a touch of post-Communism angst that matches so well the Romanian realities after the Revolution of 1989. This survey has “helped define and establish the southeastern European country as a stronghold of socially incisive, independently minded personal cinema” (Wall Street Journal).

Mihai Chirilov is a film critic and has been artistic director of the Romanian Film Festival in New York City since 2006. He is also artistic director of the Transilvania International Film Festival, which he cofounded in 2002 and guided to European prominence.

Making Waves is presented by the Romanian Film Initiative in partnership with the Jacob Burns Film Center. Leading support is provided by The Trust for Mutual Understanding and the Filmmakers Union of Romania.

Microphone Test Dec. 3, 2015 A reporting team is interviewing petty criminals, sometimes harshly, in the Bucharest railway station, with an eye to making examples…
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu Dec. 4, 2015 Mr. Lazarescu, a lonely 63-year-old, feels sick and calls an ambulance. The paramedics take him to the hospital, but once…
The Treasure Dec. 5, 2015 An average family man who likes to read bedtime stories to his son seizes the opportunity to overcome his gray…
Jacob Dec. 5, 2015 Jacob, a Transylvanian miner trying to eke out a living, is wrongly accused of stealing gold from the mine where…
Why Me? Dec. 6, 2015 A young and ambitious prosecutor (played with dark intensity by newcomer Emilian Oprea) is surprised to be assigned a sensitive…
New Romanian Shorts Dec. 6, 2015 Selected for the New York, Telluride, and Chicago film festivals, Ramona (Andrei Cretulescu, 21 m.) won in Cannes and is…
Toto and His Sisters Dec. 7, 2015 Totonel is 10 years old and lives with his two teenage sisters, each struggling to survive on their own and…
Aferim! Feb. 19–27, 2016 In 19th-century southern Romania, a policeman and his son search for a fugitive. Radu Jude’s (Shadow of a Cloud) third…
Graduation Dec. 1, 2016 The well-received opening night film from our Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema series returns! The latest from internationally renowned director…
United States of Love Dec. 2, 2016 Q&A actress Julia Kijowska SOLD OUT Unredeemed tickets may become available for purchase. Sign up at the box office for the stand-by line one hour…
Two Lottery Tickets Dec. 3, 2016 New York Premiere Three ne’er-do-wells from a provincial town hit the jackpot when they win the six-million Euro lottery prize only to find…
Sieranevada Dec. 4, 2016 Three days after the terrorist attack on the offices of Parisian weekly Charlie Hebdo and 40 days after the death…
Cinema, Mon Amour Dec. 5, 2016 New York Premiere Romania has the fewest screens per capita of any European country. In 1990, there were 450 film venues. Today, only…
Illegitimate Dec. 6, 2016 Q&A actors Alina Grigore & Robi Urs New York Premiere Learning about their OB–GYN father’s long-ago actions shatters the lives of four adult siblings: They find out…
Scarred Hearts Dec. 7, 2016 New York Premiere Romania, 1937. A young man spends his days at a sanatorium on the Black Sea coast, suffering from bone tuberculosis.…
Dogs Dec. 8, 2016 Q&A actor Vlad Ivanov New York Premiere A young man from the city comes to a remote village in rural Romania to sell the…

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