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The Romanian new cinema is conquering the filmmaking world in the last years, with awards and international visibility. Corneliu Porumboiu, a young filmmaker with 36 years old is one of the examples of this cinema, austere in funding but with a surprisingly diverse views. Porumboiu is a made in Cannes director, ever since his second short-film “A Trip to the City” (2003) surprised the festival in 2003 (and was awarded with the 2nd place of the Cinefondation award). A year later he presented the short-film “Liviu’s Dream” (2004), with which he won an award on the Toronto International Film Festival. The Romanian director studied direction on the National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest where, besides “A Trip to the City”, he directed, in 2002, his first short-film, “Gone with the Wine”.


In the 19th edition of the festival, Curtas presented a full retrospective of Corneliu Porumboiu. Along with his short-films, his featured works “12:08 East of Bucharest” and “Police, Adjective”, which were both shown and awarded in Cannes and several other international festivals, were screened in this retrospective. A strong political background defines Porumboiu’s cinema where the historical memory is a constant on the characters mind and thoughts and which the stories were the realism is a dominant trademark. Yet, inside this political cinema there is a place for some anarchy in comedy and fun films. The director was in Vila do Conde to present the films and for a debate with the audience.