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May 27 to June 5.
TIFF 2005 – 4th Edition in Brief – www.tiff.ro

Romanian Film Promotion is organizing between May 27th – June 5th 2005, in Cluj-Napoca, the 4th Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), festival member of CENTEAST, Central and Eastern European Film Festivals Alliance.

Here are some of the latest news about the preparation of the Festival.


Korean film Oldboy, the Grand Prize of the Jury will be shown in the opening of the Festival. The Oscar winner for the Best Foreign Film, the Spanish film Mar adentro, directed by Alejandro Amenabar will be the closing film.

The Romanian-born, German actress Alexandra Maria Lara, the British producer Keith Griffiths, Belgrade Film Festival Artistic Director, Miroljub Vuckovic and the Hungarian director Andras Fesos are the confirmed members of the Int’l Jury which will grant the Transilvania Trophy for the best film in Competition. Among the special guests expected to arrive at Cluj are Lukas Moodysson, to present his last film A Hole in My Heart and Todd Solondz.

Among the 12 Competition titles we can mention the upcoming Cannes titles from “Un certain regard” section: Romania’s “The Death of Mister Lazarescu”, directed by Cristi Puiu, and “Johanna” by Cornel Mundruczo (Hungary).

Among the outstanding titles from Supernova section we can mention Iciar Bollain’s “Take my Eyes” (Spain), the documentary “Spellbound”, “Kinsey”, “Agnes and His Brothers” (Germany) or “Hawaii, Oslo” (Norway)

Horror films section called Shadows will present “The Machinist”, a frightening thriller with Christian Bale and “The Ring 2”, the sequel of the 2002 blockbuster, starring Naomi Watts.

Another festival section is dedicated to the British cinema and will feature titles like Mike Leigh’s “Vera Drake”, “Layer Cake” or “Enduring Love”.

Roy Andersson and Alejandro Amenabar are the directors who will be honored in the frame of the 3×3 section.

The most-awaited No Limit section will present titles like “Palindromes”, “Nine Songs” or “Marebito”.

A FIPRESCI jury will be present for the very first time in Cluj and will judge 10 films from Festival’s program, not being awarded in other int’l festivals.


TIFF 2005 will continue the open-air screenings, which were initiated with great success last year.

A special evening will be dedicated to one of Berlin Film Festival’s greatest hits: “Lost and Found”. Short film “Turkeys don’t fly”, directed by the Romanian director Cristian Mungiu, is one of the six short films which are included in “Lost and Found”. All six directors are expected to come to Cluj together with Nikolaj Nikitin, one of the initiators of the project

A special screening will be dedicated to “Sex Traffic”, a two-part TV drama for Channel 4, filmed in Romania, London and Canada, winner of two BAFTA’s this year for Best Drama and Best Actress – awarded to Romanian actress Anamaria Marinca, who is expected at Cluj.

Let’s go digital! is a new festival side-event which aims to select 15 young amateurs from all over Romania who will learn how to make a film using digital video techniques. Initial training will be provided by Carl Schonfeld from Raindance UK program.

TIFF 2005 will host a series of exhibitions of photography and a selection of film-related books presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2004.