A royal welcome
The former director of TIFF and the host of the
opening Gala, Tudor Giurgiu, inaugurated the 5th edition of the Festival
on the typically British rainy day of Friday, June the 2nd, 2006. Youll
have the festival that youve never seen before, sounded his
promises. Which were being confirmed by the new look of Republica cinema,
the main host of the Festival. The former Meeting point made its visitors
a royal welcome on a red carpet and with a considerable face-lift, as
if the guests had been real stars.
TIFF is not changing location
Tudor Giurgiu, the director of the Romanian Television, insisted into
reassuring the audience that the largest cinema of Cluj will remain
the main host of the festival. The purpose of the building will
not be changed, announced happily Tudor Giurgiu. Considering as
well the dimensions reached by the festival, not anticipated by its
founder four years ago, TIFF was inspiring for other three Romanian
festivals. This is not surprising given the fact that Cluj had one of
the first cinema studios in the world and that its inhabitants have
the highest cinema attendance in Romania. What remains to be considered
is a wider involvement of the local companies in this act of culture,
which should surpass this years 4% of the total budget.
The opening of the Festival was an occasion for the mayor of the city,
Mr Emil Boc, to reveal some of the projects concerning the city. He
announced the new location of the open-air screenings in the Central
Plaza, as well as the long-expected headquarters of the Festival, which
will be inaugurated in the same building with the Philharmonic Orchestra.
Will TIFF become the brand of Cluj, its representative make? It is desirable
that the material support of the local authorities should increase as
well, so that Cluj may confirm its status of a cultural city.
An ambitious edition
With a budget that surpassed the last editions by 200.000 euros,
150 foreign guests, 300 Romanian guests, more than 250 representatives
of the media, and the Transylvania Award amounting to 10.000 euros,
TIFF 2006 is undoubtedly a very ambitious edition. Not less than the
young directors who had made an excellent impression at the Cannes and
Berlin festivals. The Berliners had tears in their eyes when they left
the cinema after having seen Va, vis et deviens! of director Mihaileanu,
who was to become the first Romanian winner of a Cesar award. At the
same time, A fost ori n-a fost, Corneliu Porumboius
film about the Romanian revolution, was rewarded at Cannes with 15 minutes
applauses and crowned with two important awards.
The Romanian films that will enter the competition,
are they going to confirm the long-expected revival of Romanian cinema?
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