'No Return,' 'The Silence' among screeners
Romania’s Transylvania Film Festival announced its 12-pic competition line up Thursday, a month ahead of the opening of its 10th edition in Cluj.An increasingly popular event on the fest circuit, it showcases the work of debut and sophomore directors, including those already seen at Cannes, Locarno, San Sebastian and Berlin. Mihai Chirilov, the fest’s artistic director, aspires to “a balanced and eclectic selection” that this year includes genre movies, such as Iceland comedy “King’s Road,” by Valdis Oskarsdottir, and thrillers, “No Return” (Miguel Cohan, Argentina) and “The Silence” (Baran Bo Odar, Germany). He describes American helmer Zeina Durra’s “The Imperialists are Still Alive!”, which played last year at Sundance, as a “guerrilla production made on a micro-budget. Other films in the competish dozen are: “A Useful Life” (Federico Veiroj, Uruguay/Spain); “The Untitled Kartik Krishan” (Srinivas Sunderrajan, India); “She Monkeys” (Lisa Aschan, Sweden); Berlin competition title “Innocent Saturday” (Alexander Mindadze, Russia/Germany/Ukraine); “The Flood” (Guy Nattiv, Israel); “Oxygen” (Hans Van Nuffel, Belgium); Directors’ Fortnight-selected “Volcano” (Runar Runarsson, Denmark) and Romanian director Constantin Popescu’s second feature “Principles of Life,” which features Vlad Ivanov (“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”) as a man who seems to have everything in life until a crisis puts his entire existence in question. Fest also has a line up of 12 shorts that include horror movies, cartoons and experimental projects. Fest runs June 3-12 in Club Napoca and June 15-19 in Unesco world heritage city Sibiu.