A math teacher from Transilvania becomes a local Don Quixote when he quits the conventional education system and opens a private school in his small apartment. Throughout an entire academic term we follow his struggle to rekindle the students’ passion of learning and change their lives for the better. Alex Brendea • Romania • 2019 • 83′
„There is three-way relationship between parents, teachers and students. In the teacher-student relationship, if the child does not learn it’s the mother’s fault. Between the student and the parent, it is the teacher’s fault. And between the teacher and the parent, it is always the student’s fault. And here is how we all think another person is responsible.” (Dorin V. Ioniţă, the teacher)
Alex Brendea has wide experience as a cinematographer for a number of feature films, among them the HBO Romania documentary Year of the Dragon and the independent fiction feature Once Upon a Time. Teach is his directorial debut.
18.10.2019 – 19:30 Cinema Ion Besoiu – Sala Mica 19.10.2019 – 15:00 Astra Film Cinema 1
Andreea Răducan is a successful 32-year-old woman and one of Romania’s greatest gymnasts. She worked all her life to become an Olympic champion, and when she finally won the all-round Olympic gold medal at Sydney in 2000, she was stripped of the title only three days later. Why? She had been found positive for a forbidden substance found in a flu tablet that the team’s doctor had gave her before entering the competition. Fifteen years later, Andreea is fighting the toughest fight against the people who deceived her, as she tries to recover her medal and, along with it, her dignity. Along the way, the film uncovers another side of the medal: the trauma, the effort, and the pain behind the glitter of a gold medal and the glamour of being a champion. Adrian Robe, Denisa Morariu Tamaș • Romania • 2019 • 96′
While investigating his grandmother’s mysterious death, Dragoş, a filmmaker from the small country of Moldova, which was formerly part of the Soviet Union, discovers a secret scientific experiment. Dragoş unveils the secret plan of Nikita Khruschev to transform Moldova into the Soviet Garden by the application of atomic energy in local agriculture.
Dragoș Turea • Romania • 2019 • 76′
The Romanian village of Mâlăncrav. These days, there’s always people leaving for uncertain and temporary work in western Europe, in the hope of making a better life back home. The ebb and flow of departures and homecomings affects every family. Through intimate portraits of people at the heart of the community, the film tells the stories of Natalia, Alina, Andrei, Ioan and Niculae. Strong and determined women; young people still without a care; and the last remaining shepherds clinging onto their land and their flocks.
Charlotte Grégoire, Anne Schiltz • Belgium • 2019 • 93′