5 of the Most Important Filmmakers of the Moment at One World Romania # 13

The 13th edition of One World Romania will be held from the 20th to the 29th of March in Bucharest and will bring to the public some of the most recent documentaries made by the most important filmmakers of the genre.

In a society of spectacle like the one we live in, the masters are not always the most well-known among the general public, but they are those who handle with the utmost skill the language of the art they practice and those who keep pushing to new territories. For the 13th edition of the festival, One World Romania aims to bring to the public ten days of intense debates and exchange of ideas, along with five great personalities of international cinema: Claire Simon, Mariana Otero, Thomas Heise, Abbas Fahdel and Sergei Loznitsa. Except for Loznitsa, all these leading filmmakers will be in Romania for the first time, and their films will run as national premieres.

Thomas Heise is a German documentary filmmaker born in East Germany whose films were systematically banned until the fall of the Berlin Wall - later he focused on the repercussions of German reunification at different levels: individual, family and regional. This year, he comes to One World Romania with his latest film, named Heimat Is a Space in Time (Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit), a vast essay in which he meditates on the becoming of Germany in the last century through his own genealogy. With this monumental film, which combines excerpts from diaries, family letters, vintage photographs and current footage, Heise subtly explores topics such as trauma, the passage of time and how the past is inherited from one generation to the next.

Mariana Otero is remarkable first and foremost due to the persistence of her social commitment, each of her films addressing a new facet of the constitutive inequalities of contemporary societies and proposing empathy and solidarity as remedies. At One World Romania, she will be part of the jury of professionals who will evaluate the films from the International Competition and will also present her latest work, History of a Look (Histoire d'un regard), a biography of the photographer Gilles Caron. Mariana Otero showcases his work which consists of several thousand photographs that recount essential events from the history of the twentieth century: the Six-Day War, the fiery May '68, the conflicts in Northern Ireland as well as the war in Vietnam. By looking at these the images, we discover - just like she did - the man behind the star-figure that worked for the largest French and international magazines.

Claire Simon is already a familiar figure to the OWR audience, the public having had the opportunity to discover her films at the last year’s Cineclub. Simon returns to the festival with a epic movie, lasting over eight hours and divided into ten episodes: The Village (Le Village). The village in the title is Lussas, which would have been just one of the many picturesque hamlets of France, if Jean-Marie Barbe would not have had the idea to turn it into a center of reflection for documentary filmmakers from all over the country. In time, it became more and more important for filmmakers and moviegoers alike, attracting thousands of viewers during the annual festival taking place there. The filmmaker invites us to enter the intimacy of the team coordinated by Barbe, to witness the successes as well as the disappointments and failures that are inherent to such a complicated endeavor.

Abbas Fahdel’s filmography is defined by the director’s Iraqi roots. Fahdel left his home country at eighteen to study cinema at the Sorbonne and since then, every documentary he has directed is a tribute to those who, like his fellow countrymen, face adversity, war and poverty on a daily basis. In his most recent film, Bitter Bread, Fahdel chooses to present life in a refugee camp in Lebanon and reminds us that the insidious violence of deprivation, humiliation and hopelessness spreads beyond the borders of a country in conflict and follows the refugees anywhere they go.

Sergei Loznitsa's name is associated with both the fictional and the documentary genres. In his films, the Ukrainian director analyzes the impact of the legacy left by the Soviet regime on the nations and individuals who were under its domination. In his new film, State Funeral, he dissects the ritualistic and spectacular aspects of history that emerge from the official images of Stalin's funeral. The event remained in history not only because of its opulence, but also because it speaks of the mechanism of fear and of the ghost of Stalinism that stayed behind long after the disappearance of the one who had introduced it.

While waiting for these special events, on Sunday, February 9th, from 6:00 pm, we will screen the second part of the Wittstock series, directed by Volker Koepp. This is a very special cinematic endeavor, which follows for 23 years the destinies of the workers of the textile factory in the small town in the north of Berlin. The two episodes that will be screened at 18.00, respectively at 20.00, focus on the collective character of the workers and on how the political changes that Germany went through between 1985 and 1992 affected their professional and personal lives. You can book tickets from the Eventbook site.

We invite you to purchase the general festival tickets, at a price of 200 RON, from the Eventbook site. Their number is limited to 100, and the subscription gives you access to all the screenings and to the opening event of the festival - which will be quite special - as well as entries to all the screenings of the One World Romania Cineclub during the year, a DVD of your choice from our collection, the festival bag and many other cinephilic joys and surprises.

Until the 20th of February, when we put on sale all the tickets and launch the official website of the edition, stay connected to the One World Romania channels - on Facebook and on our blog - to find out more about what we are preparing for the 13th edition of the festival!

One World Romania Association

Rule of Law Programme South East Europe of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation

National Cultural Fund Administration, National Centre of Cinematography, Bucharest City Hall by ARCUB - The Cultural Centre of Bucharest Municipality, UNHCR - The UN Refugee Agency, Romanian Filmmakers Union, DACIN-SARA, European Comission - Representation in Romania, National Council Against Discrimination

Colina Motors

French Embassy in Romania, French Institute of Bucharest, Goethe-Institut Bucharest, Czech Centre Bucharest, Austrian Cultural Forum, Embassy of Switzerland in Romania, CEREFREA Villa Noel, Balassi Institute-Hungarian Institute in Bucharest, Embassy of Sweden in Bucharest, Wallonia-Brussels Delegation, Périphérie, SUPER Festival, Apollo 111, Mezanin, Cărturești Modul, UNATC, Londohome, Împreună Agency, Balkan Documentary Center, Moldox Festival, Verzio Festival, Kinedok




Magic FM, Rock FM, Radio Europa Liberă, Adevărul, Scena9, Decât o revistă, Cinepub, Humanitas, Cărturești, Observator Cultural, Perspektiva, Film Menu, Igloo, Liternet, All About Romanian Cinema, The Institute, Films in Frame, Cutra, Graphic Front, Verbs Describe Us



Czech Center Bucharest

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