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Transilvania attracts young blood

Romanian fest draws more than 200 features

The ninth Transylvania Film Festival, set in Romania’s mountain valley of Cluj-Napoca, kicks off today with a slate of 12 competish films by new helmers.

Fest’s noncommercial spirit is typified by artistic director Mihai Chirilov’s official selection pics, which include “Altiplano,” helmer-scribes Peter Brosens and Jessica Hope Woodworth’s Andes-set tragedy, and Polish political intriguer “Reverse” by Borys Lankosz.

There will also be tributes to Austrian psychological horror helmer Michael Haneke and Romanian cult hero Liviu Ciulei.

The horror and fantasy section complements the No Limit showcase of “transgressive and provocative films,” along with side events including a drive-in cinema. One of the hottest tickets will be a restored print of Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” with live accompaniment.

Sponsored by Romanian Film Promotion, fest is the country’s major international feature event. It will unspool 200 features before it closes June 6.

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