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This Week In Film: May 28th, 2007

Posted by Daniel / May 28, 2007

With Romanian director Cristian Mingiu winning the Palm D'or at this year's Cannes Film Festival for his "4 Months, 3 weeks and 2 Days", the cinematic renaissance occurring in Eastern Europe is about to receive some major international attention. That being said, Cinema Du Parc is giving you the chance to be the first kid on your bloc to get an early taste of the incoming Slavic onslaught.

Running until June 2nd, Montreal's newest film festival Eurofest showcases films from Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Hungary and Turkey with a spotlight on appropriately so--Romania. Many of the countries featured in the festival have yet to fully recover from the suffocating nature of a communist era that has not entirely removed itself from many a psyche. The cold years unsurprisingly act as fodder for many of these filmmakers to explore inherent changes that occurred in both external and internal environments once these regimes were lifted.

Catalin Mitulescu's The Way I Spent The End Of The World is a stark look at how a family's life is irrevocably altered during the final year of Romanian dictator Ceausescu’s dictatorship in 1989. I remember traveling to Bucharest a year after he was overthrown. Walking past endless single files of Romanian children marching towards school adorned in various shades of black and grey, staring at me and my neon pink shorts and Hulk Hogan tee as though I were an alien is a memory that will stick with me until old age.

These are countries whose artistic voices have been muzzled for so long and it's a joy to see great work being done by those with more message than means. See the fest's entire schedule HERE.

Another notable film that opened this week is Paris Je T'aime, directed by--are you ready: Gus Van Sant, Tom Tykwer, Walter Salles, Alfonso Cuaron, Wes Craven, Joel and Ethan Cohen, Alexander Payne and thirteen other internationally acclaimed directors. Each is charged with the task of creating an engaging 6-8 minute short about the city of lights and love. I haven't seen it yet, but with so much talent across the board there should be something here for everybody. Word on the street is the short written by Gena Rowlands and starring fellow Cassavetian Ben Gazarra is tops among the bunch. Makes sense, don't it?

Opening This Week:

Paris Je T'aime
Pirates of the Carribean: At world's End



Zeke / May 28, 2007 at 08:50 pm

And don't forget there's also short films by Vyatcheslav Akhounov & Sergey Tichina
Said Atabekov, Maxime Borolinov & Roman Maskalev, Muratbek Djumaliev & Gulnara Kasmalieva, and Alexandre Nikolaev at the Biennale.
Nancy / June 6, 2007 at 09:00 pm
I am super excited about this festival., and fully welcome the Slavic onslaught.
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