Astra Film Festival anniversary edition
starts on Sunday in Sibiu with a film about Volodymyr Zelenski

Alongside André Singer, Liev Schreiber co-directed the documentary film

'Meeting Zelenskyy' (work-in-progress), which will be screened at the AFF Gala

Sunday, October 15, starts in Sibiu the Astra Film Festival, the most important documentary film event in Romania, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The organizers have raised the bar very high since the beginning of the anniversary edition, programming an exceptional film: "Meeting Zelenski" (work-in-progress). Co-directed by Emmy Award winner André Singer and director and actor Liev Schreiber, the film follows the story of Volodymyr Zelensky, from his childhood in the USSR to his days of fame and success in the show business industry, and then as president of Ukraine. Viewers who manage to get a seat in the Thalia Hall will consider themselves lucky, as they will be the first to see this highly anticipated film. During the opening Gala, presented by journalist Amalia Enache, there will also be a panel discussion moderated by the writer, publicist and diplomat Emil Hurezeanu, in which André Singer and surprise guests will participate.
"This year, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Astra Film Festival. As always, we wanted to offer the Sibiu audience memorable moments that will stay with them long after the festival ends. One such moment is right at the festival's opening when the audience will have the opportunity to meet two prestigious personalities in the world of cinema, such as Liev Schreiber and André Singer," said Dumitru Budrala, the director-founder of the Astra Film Festival.
Liev Schreiber rose to prominence in the late '90s and early 2000s with appearances in several mainstream films, including the horror film trilogy 'Scream,' 'Phantoms,' 'The Sum of All Fears,' 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine,' 'Salt,' 'Taking Woodstock,' and 'Goon.' Romanian audiences are also familiar with him from the TV series 'Ray Donovan,' where he had the lead role (7 episodes, from 2013 to 2020) and received nominations for significant awards such as Emmy, Golden Globe, Critics Choice Television Awards, Satellite Awards, and Writers Guild of America.

Liev Schreiber is also a well-known supporter of Ukrainian causes and an official ambassador of the United24 platform, launched by the President of Ukraine to raise funds worldwide.

Co-directed by Emmy Award winner André Singer and director-actor Liev Schreiber, the documentary film 'Meeting Zelenskyy' follows the story of the Ukrainian president from his childhood in the USSR to his days of fame and success in the show business industry, and then to his role as the President of Ukraine. After the screening of the work-in-progress version of the Zelenskyy documentary, the Astra Film Festival audience will have the opportunity to engage in a Q&A session with director André Singer.
Present at Sibiu for the festival, André Singer will meet the Romanian audience on Wednesday, October 18 (5:00 PM) at Thalia Hall, in the framework of a masterclass titled 'Masters: A Life in Documentary,' created by BAFTA-nominated director Liviu Tipuriță. Singer will discuss anthropology, the perspective of collaboration with world-renowned directors, and approaches to sensitive and symbolically important subjects.
About the Astra Film Festival
Astra Film Festival Sibiu, launched in 1993 as an innovative project, is one of the most important non-fiction film festivals in Europe. Under the High Patronage of the President of Romania, the festival is organized by Astra Film, CNM Astra and the Astra Film Foundation, with the Ministry of Culture as a strategic partner, with the support of the Sibiu County Council, the National Center of Cinematography, the Romanian Cultural Institute, the Consulate of the Federal Republic Germany in Sibiu and the Union of Cinematographers. The event is co-financed by the Sibiu City Council through the Sibiu City Hall.
Strategic partner: Ministry of Culture
Sponsors: HBO Go, Martini, Cinelab, Materom Autohaus, Luthelo, CineGOLD, Promenada Mall, DPD Romania, Kulinarium, Sonne
Monitoring partner: MediaTrust
Media partners: Europa FM, TV5 Monde, Radio Romania Cultural,, G4media, Hotnews, Spotmedia, PressHub, Turnul Sfatului, Sibiu 100%, Tribuna, Messagerul de Sibiu, Ora de Sibiu, independent Sibiu, Sibiul azi, Hermannstädter Zeitung , Nine O'Clock, Scena9, Cinemagia, Cineuropa, Film New Europe, Observator cultural, Timpul, AaRC, MovieNews, Cinefan, Cinefilia, Liternet, Capital Cultural, Revista Transilvania, Filmtett, Modern Times Review
Communication partner: PiArt Vision

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