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  TIFF 2006 Opening Night  
Transilvania International Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca
5th edition, 2-11 June 2006
“You’ll have the festival that you’ve never seen before!”

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. “You’ll have the festival that you’ve 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 year’s 4% of the total budget.

Cluj Brand
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 edition’s 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 Porumboiu’s 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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