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Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema 2021

Dec. 7–9, 2021

Whatever happened to tolerance? How do we relate to those who are different, like the prime suspect in Unidentified by Bogdan George Apetri, or the main protagonist of Poppy Field by Eugen Jebeleanu? What is the limit of empathy when one thinks about the problems of others, as Radu Muntean asks in his seventh feature Intregalde? Is the pragmatic vision of the world at war with the faithful one, as suggested in Miracle, by the same Apetri?

In a world that’s seemingly divided beyond reconciliation, and where cancelling threatens to replace embracing, is there still room for understanding the other or is it just a fantasy? Before its online premiere in early 2022, the 16th edition of Making Waves kicks off December 7-9, 2021, with a compact showcase that invites dialogue and reflection through four different and challenging films, with in-person participation from directors Bogdan George Apetri and Eugen Jebeleanu, and actress Ioana Bugarin.

The JBFC is proud to join Film ETC Association in co-presenting the 16th edition of Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema, the longstanding Romanian Film Festival in New York. The festival is produced and curated by Corina Șuteu, Mihai Chirilov, and Oana Radu, the core team that initiated and has organized the festival since 2006.

The 16th Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema is presented by Film ETC and the Jacob Burns Film Center. Lead support for Making Waves is provided by the Trust for Mutual Understanding and the JBFC Program Fund, with additional support from the Romanian National Film Center and individual donors.

Miracle Dec. 7 12/7 7:00 pm: Q&A with Director Bogdan George Apetri and actress Ioana Bugarin U.S. Premiere A 19-year old nun (promising newcomer Ioana Bugarin) sneaks out of an isolated monastery to attend to an…
Unidentified Dec. 8 Introduction by director Bogdan George Apetri New York Premiere Despite mounting debts and a troubled personal life, a hot-headed police detective becomes obsessed with a hard…
Poppy Field Dec. 8 Q&A with Director Eugen Jebeleanu Just as his long-distance boyfriend comes to visit, Cristi (Conrad Mericoffer), a young police officer, is called in for an…
Întregalde Dec. 9 Three middle-aged do-gooders get stranded while taking part in their traditional end-of-the-year humanitarian trip, driving an SUV along the mountainous…

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