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FILM

2-30 June
BFI Southbank
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REVOLUTION IN REALISM: THE NEW ROMANIAN CINEMA

In recent years Romanian films have won prizes and praise a-plenty: it’s time to explore what makes them so special! British Film Institute and RCI London proudly announce the opening of 'Revolution in Realism: The New Romanian Cinema' - the biggest showcase of Romanian cinema ever to have taken place in Britain, and possibly beyond. Do not miss a month of screenings and special events, in the company of some of the filmmakers who made the Romanian cinematic miracle possible. more

OPERA

2, 4 & 8 June
Royal Opera House
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'OEDIPE' AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Thunderous applauses and five star reviews for the Royal Opera’s first production of George Enescu’s only operatic masterpiece! Featuring Danish star Johan Reuter in the title role and an excellent cast including John Tomlinson, Sarah Connolly and Sophie Bevan, directed by Àlex Ollé and Valentina Carrasco of the acclaimed Catalan company La Fura dels Baus, and conducted by Leo Hussain, the production runs in London until 8 June. 'Beg, borrow or kill (but preferably not your dad) for a ticket' (The Times).  more

MUSIC

2 June, 19.00
RCI London
Free

CHARISMATIC PIANIST SERGIU TUHUȚIU IN THE 'ENESCU CONCERTS' SERIES

A crossbreed between a Hollywood star and a piano magician, Sergiu Tuhuţiu has established himself as one of the leading pianists of his generation. With a passionate attack disciplined by impeccable technique, Sergiu excels in the grand Romantic repertoire, which forms the core of his programme in the 'Enescu Concerts' Series at RCI London on 2 June. more

REVOLUTION IN REALISM:
PHOTO EXHIBITION


6-28 June
BFI Southbank Atrium
Free

 

'FREEZE FRAME' BY SILVIU GHEȚIE

Photographer Silviu Gheție has spent more than 10 years on the sets of the Romanian New Wave, managing to capture some amazing moments in the making of a cultural phenomenon. His exhibition at the BFI Southbank includes snapshots from 'Aferim!' and 'Everybody in our Family' by Radu Jude, 'Love Sick' by Tudor Giurgiu, 'Boogie' by Radu Muntean, 'If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle' and 'Box' by Florin Șerban, and 'Loverboy' by Cătălin Mitulescu. Take the opportunity to question him about this fabulous experience! more

REVOLUTION IN REALISM:
TALK


6 June, 18.10
BFI Southbank
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THE ROMANIAN NEW WAVE IN CONTEXT

Don't miss this chance to explore the historical, political, social and cultural contexts that have fed into the films of the Romanian New Wave. The illustrated presentations from key experts including film critic and scholar Andrei Gorzo, professor Dominique Nasta and journalist Nick Roddick will be followed by a lively discussion. more

REVOLUTION IN REALISM:
OPENING GALA


7 June, 18.00
BFI Southbank
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SPECIAL SCREENING: AFERIM! + Q&A WITH LEAD ACTOR TEODOR CORBAN, SCREENWRITER FLORIN LĂZĂRESCU AND DIRECTOR RADU JUDE

The 'Revolution in Realism: The New Romanian Cinema' season opens with the gala screening of 'Aferim!', one of the most original films of the so-called Romanian New Wave. Lead actor Teodor Corban and screenwriter Florin Lăzărescu come to London for the Q&A session, while director Radu Jude will answer the questions on Skype. The event will be followed by a reception offered by the Embassy of Romania. With live music by DJ Nico de Transilvania. Drinks provided by Recaș Wines and Timișoreana Beer. more

PERFORMANCE

7 June, 18.30
Delfina Foundation, London
Free

ALEX MIRUȚIU: TRANSLATING, PERFORMING

As part of a spring residency at Delfina Foundation, Romanian artist Alex Miruțiu joins fellow grantees Stephen Kwok, Luísa Nóbrega and Syowia Kyambi for an exploration of language as a source of performance. Driven by a key question - 'What performs?' - Miruțiu’s performative act elevates objects to the same level with the performer, investing them with the power usually bestowed upon individuals.  more

DANCE

7 & 8 June, 20.00
Chapter, Cardiff
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ALL 'DANCE ROADS' LEAD TO CARDIFF

'Dance Roads' is a EU-funded initiative bringing together choreographers from Wales, France, the Netherlands, Italy, and Romania. Showcasing a variety of dance paradigms, the five short performances - 'Qui, Ora' by Claudia Catarzi (Italy), 'Lay(ers)' by Cristina Lilienfeld (Romania), 'Of the Earth, from where I Came' by Gwyn Emberton (UK), 'Yonder' by Jasper van Luijk (Holland) and 'Noedus' by Compagnie Adéquate/ Lucie Augeai and David Gernez (France) - promise a choreographic feast which will appeal to all audiences.  more

REVOLUTION IN REALISM:
TALK


8 June, 18.10
BFI Southbank
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THE NEW ROMANIAN CINEMA: A CRITIC’S PERSPECTIVE

Influential critic Geoff Andrew, the curator of the 'Revolution in Realism. The New Romanian Cinema' season at the BFI Southbank, reveals why the Romanian filmmaking of the last decade is so rewarding and exciting. Using clips both from the films in the season and the accompanying Cristi Puiu Retrospective, he’ll cast a critic’s eye on the development of a distinctive but pleasingly varied approach to notions of 'realist' storytelling.  more

PERFORMANCE

10-12 June
Roundhouse, London
Free

MARINA HANGANU: A QUESTION OF LIGHT

After a much-praised run at the Bloomsbury Festival last year, Marina Hanganu’s tech-laden and participative performance 'Before Sunset/After Sunrise' is re-enacted at the We Are Now Festival in Camden, a series of events that celebrate the use of everyday technologies in performing arts.  more

REVOLUTION IN REALISM:
DISCUSSION


13 June, 20.30
BFI Southbank
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CRISTI PUIU IN CONVERSATION

One of the most cinematically adventurous filmmakers to have emerged this century, Cristi Puiu is rightly regarded as a major figure in both Romanian and international cinema, expert at turning material of philosophical, sociopolitical and ethical import into suspenseful, witty or emotionally affecting drama. We’re delighted to welcome him to the BFI Southbank stage to discuss his work and career with critic Geoff Andrew.  more

MUSIC

15 June, 21.45
Rich Mix London
Free

SCORES FOR SCORES

Flamboyant Bega Blues Band provides the soundtrack of Romania’s second match at the EURO 2016 against Switzerland in an event full of frantic rhythms and adrenaline hosted by the temple of London youth culture. The concert is part of 'Encore! Euro 2016', an artistic counterpart to the spectacular sporting event, organized by Rich Mix in partnership with EUNIC London between 10 June and 10 July. more

FILM

22 & 23 June
Filmhouse, Edinburgh
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'CINEMA, MON AMOUR' PREMIERS AT THE EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

'Cinema, Mon Amour', one of last year’s outstanding Romanian documentaries, will have its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival 2016. The film is a touching love letter to cinema as art and way of life. With the support of RCI London, director Alexandru Belc will meet the Scottish cinephiles after the screenings. more

LITERATURE

23 & 24 June
RCI London & British Library

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LONDON READS IOANA PÂRVULESCU

Following her participation at the 2014 edition of the London Book Fair, acclaimed cultural historian and novelist Ioana Pârvulescu meets her British readers in two special events celebrating the English publication of her 2013 EU Literature Prize winning novel 'Life Begins on Friday' by Istros Books. Other participants include editor and arts critic Lucy Popescu, publisher Susan Curtis Kojakovic and actor Sebastian Bădărău at RCI London, as well as writer and academic Aleksandar Prokopiev and poet Fiona Sampson at the British Library. MORE

REVOLUTION IN REALISM:
TALK


28 June, 18.10
BFI Southbank
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ROMANIA’S NEW CINEMA – HOW THE FILMMAKERS SEE IT

Just how healthy is Romania’s film industry? Is the 'new wave' a real movement or simply a phenomenon? What was it that enabled Romanian filmmaking to flourish so well in recent years? In this panel discussion hosted by Geoff Andrew, directors Anca Damian, Tudor Giurgiu and Radu Muntean will try to answer these and other questions of contemporary relevance. more

Ongoing:
EXHIBITION

Until 8 June
RCI London
Free

 

'OEDIPE': A VISUAL HISTORY

Since 'Oedipe'’s debut in 1936, Enescu’s masterpiece has been performed on renowned musical stages throughout the world. Great singers like David Ohanesian, José Van Dam or Monte Pederson have shone in the notoriously challenging title role. Through a kaleidoscope of rarely seen photographs and reproductions, the George Enescu National Museum’s exhibition traces the opera’s sinuous fate from its long gestation and rapturous premiere to relative post-war neglect and eventual rediscovery. Curated by musicologist Cristina Andrei, Director of the George Enescu National Museum in Bucharest. more

Ongoing:
PHOTOGRAPHY

Until 8 June
RCI London
Free

PHOTOGRAPHING THE SOUL OF MUSIC: THE PORTRAITS OF THE ENESCU FESTIVAL

Captured in the backdrops of Romania’s biggest musical event, George Enescu International Festival in Bucharest, the photographs of Cornel Brad offer a revealing depiction of the excitement, expectation and relief that make the life of the great musicians in those supercharged 'interludes' before and after tremendous stage triumphs. more

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ALSO ON THE RADAR:
1 & 3 June | The Old Market, Hove: The Tailor of Gloucester, directed by Vasile Nedelcu, at the Brighton Fringe Festival
9-12 June | Wales: Composer, conductor and violinist Vlad Maistorovici in 'The Freddie Mercury Project'
19 June | Leicester Square Theatre: Gaşca Zurli – Am o căsuţă mică (theatre for children in Romanian)
 

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