Main credit: Film screening during Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF, Photo © British Council Romania
We have a long tradition of film programmes comprising of the newest productions and most intriguing documentaries, all nominees and winners of famous worldwide awards.
Our long-term partnerships with institutions across the country have led to numerous projections of documentaries and films of the highest standard. This has more than often resulted in venues overcrowded by a public eager to experiment the gripping, compelling and inspiring British productions.
Explore through our projects and discover the names of some of the best British films to have been screened in Romania, as well as the names of the leading people in the industry who have joined us for the screenings.
”British Documentary” is one of the projects most dear to our public. All four editions, starting 2010, have travelled across the whole country, including Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Iași and Galați, only to find new destinations on its map, such as Târgu-Mureș.
Its concept orbits around the screening of a unique series of 12 outstanding documentaries, directed or produced in the UK, on various contemporary issues, covering a wide array of themes, such as society, environment, science, history, to name but a few.
All the films on show at the ”British Documentary” screenings have been either nominated or awarded by the Grierson Trust: The British Documentary Awards, one of the most prominent institutions of its kind.
No similar project has been previously developed in Romania, so our initiative has raised a huge interest from the very beginning, local media warmly receiving the announcement of the project. However, the most striking feedback came from the people attending the screenings, as it was not unusual to have the venue at its full capacity with a public eager to find out more about nowadays realities via British productions.
The fact that ”British Documentary” has already spread throughout the country and has reached a new edition assures us of its quality and its positive impact on a public thrilled by the dimensions of this project.
Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival
Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF was created thanks to sponsorship from the National University of Drama and Film Bucharest and the National Art University Bucharest and support from the Romanian National Cinema Center. It is the first and only event in Romania dedicated to experimenting in cinema and visual arts. The festival's purpose is to showcase:
- highly innovative films, both in content and style;
- filmmakers with strong personal views on contemporary reality;
- films which daringly explore the boundaries of cinema.
British Council Romania has partnered with Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival from its very beginning in 2010 and helped to appoint the Honorary President of the festival, acclaimed film director, Peter Greenaway, who has held a number of workshops for the Romanian public.
An impressive number of the public attended the 2013 opening gala to watch 'The Zero Theorem', in the presence of its director Terry Gilliam. The film starred Christoph Waltz, Lucas Hedges, Mélanie Thierry, and David Thewlis. Gilliam called this movie the final part of a dystopian satire trilogy which began with 'Brazil' (1985) and continued with '12 Monkeys' (1995).
British Film Days
A thought-provoking film selection
From 8-12 March 2012, the British Council invited you to attend a new edition of the British Film Days.
This event proposed a thought-provoking film selection made up of the newest British productions, which received some of the most popular awards in the field of cinematography in 2011. The screenings took place at the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant and was received with great interest by the public.
The five days of screenings dealt with a vast array of genres, from dark comedy to drama and even thriller, shedding light, once again, on the versatility of British productions.
Partners: National Museum of Romanian Peasant
Media partners: Radio Guerrilla, Cinemagia, Hotnews, B 24 Fun, Observatorul Cultural, Zeppelin.
Kinofest - International Digital Film Festival
Kinofest is the first and most important digital film festival in Romania, giving the public a unique opportunity to watch cutting-edge productions, otherwise difficult to access.
The independent project has been bringing a selection of premium films to the Romanian public since 2007.
It strives to:
- promote young film-makers, artists and their work – film, music and visual art;
- cultivate interest in independent film;
- promote the arts and media culture among the general public through independent film, video and new media making.
Our long-standing relationship with Kinofest has resulted in many film screenings, including some which have taken place at our British Council Romania premises.
The public was always eager to find out more about this type of productions and diligent when it came to their take on the series of questions which followed the screenings.
One World Romania - International Human Rights Documentary Festival
One World Romania is a festival dedicated to International Human Rights. One World started in Prague, in Vaclav Havel’s spirit and at his initiative. For five years, One World Romania festival was organized under his patronage and, from its very beginning, in 2008, has been reuniting various prestigious cultural institutions to put together one of Romania's most thought-provoking festivals.
British Council Romania joined this initiative in 2009 and, ever since that moment, has been a constant presence in the festival, contributing to bringing some of the most intriguing documentaries to the Romanian public.
Shakespeare 450 - film screenings during the Night of Cultural Institutes, 2014 edition
During the Night of Cultural Institutes, the 2014 edition, we celebrated 450 years from William Shakespeare's anniversary, perhaps the most influential writer in all of English literature. Thus, we organised a series of key moments dedicated to the Bard of Avon, among which projections of some of the best and most recent productions, adaptations of Shakespeare's theatre plays :
Coriolanus (2011) – Director: Ralph Fiennes
Winner of numerous awards, "Coriolanus" is a marvellous adaptation of the play written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Ralph Fiennes, most commonly known as BAFTA winner for supporting role in "Schindler’s List", this historical tragedy is turned into an exciting action movie. Showing all the necessary ingredients for a truly historical film, the plot being set in ancient Rome, the film stars some of the most influential names in today’s cinematography: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave.
The Tempest (2010) – Director: Julie Taymor
Directed by Julie Taymor, also known for previous productions such as "Across the Univers", "Frida" and "Titus", this bold adaptation of Shakespeare’s "Tempest" will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. This modern take on Shakespeare’s last masterpiece is a mystical phantasy, starring Academy Award Winner Helen Mirren, Russell Brand and Alfred Molina. Exiled to a magical island, the sorceress Prospera conjures up a storm that shipwrecks her enemies and then unleashes her powers for revenge.
Romeo and Juliet (2013) – Director: Carlo Carlei
Starring Douglas Booth as Romeo and Hailee Steinfeld (Academy Awards nominee for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in "True Grit") as Juliet, directed by Carlo Carlei, "Romeo and Juliet" stays true to Shakespeare’s play throughout its length, following closely not only the conflict between the Montagues and the Capulets, but also one of the most famous love stories of universal literature.