Programs and Tours
American Romanian Festival
Helmut Stern Auditorium
$10 in advance through http://www.americanromanianfestival.org or cash or check at the door.
Cristian Nemescus's last film before his death in a car accident, California Dreamin', winner of a prestigious Cannes award in 2007, is based on a true story: a NATO train transporting military equipment is stopped in the middle of nowhere by an overzealous chief of a Romanian train station. Set against the backdrop of the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, the film explores with humor and gritty realism the impact that the arrival of the American soldiers led by Captain Jones has on the small village community. A cinematic tour de force not to be missed! (155 min, R for some sexual scenes, English subtitles)
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.