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Award Winning Short Films

A Trip To The City (2003, Corneliu Porumboiu, 19 min, Cinefondation Prize, Cannes 2004, Best Prize-Montpelier, France 2004, English subtitles)

A beautiful morning, the need of the internet in a little village, and the toilet that the mayor's wife is crying for, bring together the computer pensioned teacher and the mayor's driver for a little trip to the nearby city in this short film by Corneliu Porumboiu, the director of 12:08 East of Bucharest and Police Adjective.

Cigarettes and Coffee (2003, Cristi Puiu, 13 min, Golden Bear Award, Berlin 2004, English subtitles)

From the director of Death of Mr. Lazarescu comes this short movie about a very common problem with which elder generations are confronted: the issue of knowing little and being offered even less. An old man enters a restaurant in Bucharest. He takes a seat at a table where a younger man who looks like he could be a successful businessman is already eating dessert. Their conversation revolves around a job opening for the older man, who has been out of work for two years. However, if you want work these days, it's no good coming empty-handed—even if it's your son who's doing the employing.

The Apartment (2003, Constantin Popescu, 20 min, Best Prize-Venice Film Festival 2004, English subtitles)

It's morning. A man wakes up and gets ready for a new day of work or maybe for a short trip. His wife makes him breakfast and then she prepares him a little suitcase. The man leaves, exits the apartment building. The man returns using the back entrance. A farce without a dialogue between the characters.

Traffic (2003, Catalin Mitulescu, 15 min, Palme D'Or–Cannes 2004, English subtitles)

On his way to the next business meeting, Tudor has a 20-minute break. This is enough time to invite a girl to drink a coffee, talk about his daughter, and make a photo.

Humanitarian Aid (2002, Hanno Höfer, 16 min, Great Prize-Cottbus, Germany 2002, English subtitles)

Three young men come to Romania to bring humanitarian aid. The inhabitants of a small mountain village await them.

Challenge Day (2004, Napoleon Helmis, 10 min, English subtitles)

Today is Challenge Day. This means everybody must engage in sports. It is a competition between a city in Romania and one in Japan.

American Romanian Festival Executive Director Marian Tanau and Ramona Uritescu-Lombard, an expert in Romanian cinema and lecturer in the German and Comparative Literature departments at UM, will provide introductions to each of the films and host a Q&A afterward.

Part of the Fourth Annual American Romanian Festival, this event is sponsored by Michigan Arts Council and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Center for Russian and East European Studies, and the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
Saturday, 18 September, 2010
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

$10 in advance through http://www.americanromanianfestival.org or cash or check at the door.

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