Romanian Student Association at MIT (RSA) invites you to an evening of
New Short Films from Romania

6 Short Movies by 3 Young Directors from Romania!
Saturday, December 3, 2005 @ 8pm; 6-120 (directions)
Corneliu Porumboiu  -  Gone with the Wine (2002), A Trip to the City (2003),
Liviu's Dream (2003)
Cristi Puiu  -  Cigarettes and Coffee (2003)
Ivo Baru  -  A Day in the Life of Vasile Marinus (2002)
Do You Have a Minute... That's Great (2003)
Total duration of the event: 2 hours

Event organized with help from the three directors (Corneliu Porumboiu, Cristi Puiu and Ivo Baru) and from Alina Salcudeanu from the Romanian Film Centre.

About the Directors and Their Movies

Corneliu Porumboiu: Born in Vaslui, Romania in 1975, Corneliu Porumboiu graduated from the Bucharest University of Dramatic Art and Cinema in 2003. He directed several short movies, such as "Grafitti" (2000), "Love... Sorry" (2001), "Gone with the Wine" (2002), "Liviu's Dream" (2003), and "A Trip to the City" (2003). "Liviu's Dream" won the Best Romanian Short Film Award at the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2004. His graduation movie, "A Trip to the City", was presented at Cannes 2004 and won the second Cinéfondation Award. Corneliu Porumboiu currently works on his first full feature film: "Despre ingeri si bani" ("On Angels and Money"). Click here for an interview with Corneliu Porumboiu (in Romanian).

We have the pleasure of presenting three of Corneliu's short films:

  • Gone With the Wine (Pe aripile vinului) - UNATC, Romania, 2002, 9min
    A young man wants to get away from his native village, where drunkness has become a way of living. To fulfill his dream of getting to UK, he only has one task left - the medical checkup. In the end, this turns into an unexpected obstacle.

  • A Trip to the City (Calatorie la oras) - UNATC, Romania, 2003, 19min - 2nd Cinéfondation Award, Cannes 2004!
    A beautiful spring morning, the need for Internet connectivity in a little Romanian village, and the pink WC that the mayor's wife is crying for, all these bring together the local teacher impassioned with computers and the mayor's driver, for a little trip to the nearby city. Once arrived in the city, the two heroes find themselves at the official reception occasioned by the celebration of 854 years from the first documented mention of the town. This event, together with the flair of two pocket thieves endanger the "mission" of our two heroes ...

  • Liviu's Dream (Visul lui Liviu) - MDV Films, Romania, 2003, 39min - Best Romanian Short, TIFF 2004!
    A strange dream forgotten in the morning and an unaccountable feeling cause Liviu to look with resignation upon the world he's living in. His awakening to reality may coincide with the birth of his child ...

Cristi Puiu: Born in Bucharest, Romania in 1967, Cristi Puiu is probably the most acclaimed young Romanian director. He graduated in 1998 from L'Ecole Supérieure d'Arts Visuels de Genève. He directed two full feature movies: "Stuff and Dough" (2001) and "The Death of Mister Lazarescu" (2005), very apreciated at many international film festivals. In particular, "The Death of Mister Lazarescu" won the "Un Certain Regard" Award at Cannes 2005. His short movie, "Cigarettes and Coffee" (2004), a homage to Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes" shorts, won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004. Here is an excerpt from the jury's press release: "Low budget but high impact, simple but effective storytelling with fantastic dialogues - this film is a remarkable statement about a society undergoing profound change." More information about Cristi Puiu can be found in a CinemaScope article accessible from here.

Ivo Baru: Born in Bitola, Macedonia, in 1978, Ivo Baru started his studies at the Bucharest University of Dramatic Art and Cinema in 1999 (after learning Romanian in just one year!). His first short movie, "A Day in the Life of Vasile Marinus", won the Critics' Award at the Bucharest Student Film Festival "CineMAiubit" in 2002. His second short movie, "Do You Have a Minute ... That's Great" (2003), was presented at the film festivals from Munchen and Tampere, and won the Best Male Actor Award at the Bucharest Student Film Festival "CineMAiubit" in 2004.

For more information, please write an email to the RSA Officers.