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The 2023 Romanian Film Festival in Seattle is Ready to Start

Updated: Nov 16, 2023

The 10th anniversary edition of one of the most impactful celebrations of Romanian film in North America

We are pleased to cement our long-time partnership with the Romanian Film Festival Seattle by renewing our support for the 10th edition of an event that has become one of the oldest and most impactful celebrations of Romanian film in North America. With a thought-provoking lineup made of the most recent, award-winning productions, the Festival explores a great array of topics through the unflinchingly honest perspective that has become the trademark of the Romanian film-making. The festival is organized by the American Romanian Cultural Society Seattle (ARCS) in partnership with Northwest Film Forum, SIFF Uptown Cinema and Arizona ARCC, with support from the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York and 4 Culture. More about the festival HERE.

WHEN: NOVEMBER 4-12, 2023

WHERE: Online Nov. 4-12

SIFF Uptown Cinema, Nov. 4-5

Northwest Film Forum, Nov. 11-12

Men of Deeds by Paul Negoescu

(2022, drama, 106 minutes / Romania & Bulgaria, lead actor Iulian Postelnicu in attendance)

Saturday, November 11, 2023, 6:30 PM & Sunday, November 12, 2023, 4:40 PM / Northwest Film Forum

Ilie, a small-town police chief, wants to build a modest, comfortable life for himself, but ends up making the wrong choices. Middle-aged and alienated, he feels the need to a part of something – to build an orchard, even a home. Although dubious things happen in the village, Ilie only sees what suits him. The moment he gets involved in the village marks the beginning of his collapse. In a vacuum of solutions, he tries to be what he has never been before: the justice seeker who arrests everyone guilty.

BOSS (US Premiere) by Bogdan Mirică

(2022, thriller, 126 minutes / Romania, Luxembourg, Sweden)

Saturday, November 4, 2023 / SIFF Uptown Cinema / 4:20 PM

Bogdan, an innocuous ambulance driver, becomes involved in an armed robbery to support his ailing mother's medical needs. While fleeing from the scene, he accidentally hits a witness, who ends up in a coma. As Bogdan's paranoia intensifies, he immerses himself further into the lives of his accomplices, while causing major problems in his own.

Playback (US Premiere) by Iulia Rugină

(2023, documentary, 77 minutes / director Iulia Rugină in attendance)

Saturday, November 4, 2023 / SIFF Uptown Cinema / 7:00 PM

In communist Romania of the 80s, outside music was trafficked on vinyl or secretly recorded from foreign radio stations. Playback tells the story of one of the most famous DJs during that time and of the musical events that changed the face of a society.

Between Revolutions by Vlad Petri

(2023, hybrid documentary, 68 minutes / Romania, Croatia, Qatar, Iran)

Sunday, November 5, 2023 / SIFF Uptown Cinema / 5:20 PM

Maria, a Romanian, and Zahra, an Iranian, forge a deep connection while studying together at university in 1970s Bucharest. When Zahra goes back to Iran they exchange letters, which show the challenges faced by everyday people, especially women, in their respective societies.

Taxi Drivers by Bogdan Theodor Olteanu

(2023, dark comedy, 100 minutes / Romania)

Sunday, November 5, 2023 / SIFF Uptown Cinema / 7:00 PM

Taxi driver Liviu and Lică navigate the nocturnal life of Bucharest, picking up passengers who turn to them for therapy, political discussions, assistance in criminal enterprises, and more. Each driver must decide what's more important to him: the wild ride or his life off the meter.

Sundays on Leave / È Pericoloso Sporgersi by Nae Caranfil

(1993, comedy, 104 minutes / Romania)

Saturday, November 11, 2023 / Northwest Film Forum / 4:00 PM

Horațiu, an army recruit, is hot on the heels after Cristina, a senior in high school. She’s not necessarily against it, but only after a mandatory engagement, something he will soon give up on with the appearance in town of Dino, a second-rate actor, but reputed provincial Casanova.



PHOTO GALLERY | OPENING NIGHT, Saturday, November 4, 2023

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