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Mai jos puteti gasi informatile trimise de Consulatul General al Romaniei in Los Angeles despre festivalul de film Starring Europe. Acest festival se va tine in perioada May 9 – May 13 si va culmina Duminica pe 12 May cu filmul romanesc “Morometii II”.

Acest film are ca referinta reprezentarea remarcabila de acum peste 30 de ani, un film clasic a carui faima contribuie insa si la interesul urias starnit de acest nou film al echipei formate din Stere Gulea, la regie, Vivi Dragan Vasile, la imagine si Horatiu Malaiele, in rolul principal.

Cei interesati pot gasi bilete gratuite, in oridinea solicitarii, la link-ul specific filmului Morometii II de mai jos. Inregistrarea se face prin Eventbrite dupa care puteti tipari bilete ori accesa prin App-ul aferenet.

VRS si Consulatul General al Romaniei va asteapta cu drag la acest eveniment minunat.

Cu cele mai bune ganduri,
Adrian Barbu,
Presedinte VRS

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May 9-13, 2019, at the Egyptian and Aero TheatresPresented by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland and Romania, the European Union and the American Cinematheque. Sponsored by Bank of the West, the European Union, the Consulate General of Romania in Los Angeles, and Obicá USA.Created in the aftermath of World War II, the European Union is a unique economic and political partnership of 28 European countries that together cover much of the continent. What began as a purely economic union has evolved into an organization spanning policy areas and promoting cultural ties. Now in its sixth year, the EU Film Festival provides an opportunity for international cinema enthusiasts in Los Angeles to celebrate and discover contemporary films from across the European Union.  
Spotlighting festival award winners from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland and Romania, the short and feature films here embody the rich heritage and diversity of cinema from Europe. With talent from the films invited to speak at screenings and an opening-night reception, this is an ideal way for expats and Los Angeles residents alike to experience these European delicacies.  
Series programmed by EU members, with the assistance of Gwen Deglise and Chris LeMaire. Program notes by Chris LeMaire.
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Thursday, May 9 – 7:30 PM – Egyptian Theatre
Los Angeles Premiere!
“Simbiosis Carnal”
2017, Belgium, 10 min. Dir. Rocío Álvarez.

Winner of Best Short Film at the Soria International Film Festival 2018, this colorful animated film explores the evolution of human sexuality through a distinctly feminist lens. 
RSVP and attend for free! password: 1234qwer Los Angeles Premiere!
2018, Italy, 110 min. Dir. Bonifacio Angius.

Failing musician Alessandro (Alessandro Gazale) hits rock bottom after a drunken rampage sends him to a mental hospital, where he meets Francesca (Francesca Niedda), a woman whose vibrant spirit gives him a renewed sense of purpose.
In Italian with English subtitles.
Reception in the courtyard starting at 6:00 PM.
Discussion following WHEREVER YOU ARE with director Bonifacio Angius and actor Alessandro Gazale.  more info » 
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2018, Germany, 15 min. Dir. André Hörmann and Anna Samo

With vibrant animation and stunning imagery, this short film brings to life the emotional oral history of Akiko Takura, one of the last survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.   RSVP and attend for free! password:asdf1234 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT
2018, Estonia, 100 min. Dir. Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo.

In this compelling social drama from director Liina Trishkina-Vanhatalo, blue-collar worker Erik (Reimo Sagor) faces a difficult decision when his ex-girlfriend Moonika (Liis Lass) reenters his life with shocking news. Though his lifestyle is hardly appropriate for raising a child, Erik is the father of a newborn – who is about to be put up for adoption unless he intervenes. TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT, winner of the Jury’s Special Mention and Critics’ Award at the Arras Film Festival 2018, delivers a nuanced and touching portrait of fatherhood.
In Estonian with English subtitles.
Discussion following “Obon” with director André Hörmann.  more info »  
Saturday, May 11 – 4:00 PM – Aero Theatre 
Los Angeles Premiere!
“Heaven’s Meadow”
(Am Himmel)
2018, Austria, 30 min. Dir. Magdalena Chmielewska

In this heartbreaking story of sexual assault, a young woman wakes up in a meadow outside of Vienna, desperate to forget the horrifying events of the previous evening.   RSVP and attend for free! password: poiu7890 POLYXENI
2017, Greece, 106 min. Dir. Dora Masklavanou.

A lavish period drama set in 1950s Greece, POLYXENI follows its titular character (Katia Goulioni) from her childhood as an orphan through her adoption by a rich Greek Istanbulite family and her eventual rise to prominence as the heir to a fortune. Winner of Best Feature Film and Best Performance (for Goulioni) at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival 2017.
In Greek and Turkish with English subtitles.
Discussion following “Heaven’s Meadow” with director Magdalena Chmielewska.  more info »  
Saturday, May 11 – 6:30 PM – Aero Theatre 
RSVP and attend for free!   We Can Do It: Achieving Gender Equality in Film and Beyond
60 min.
As society continues to react and respond to movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, we look forward to a timely discussion on EU and US public policies for gender equality. Ahead of the Los Angeles premieres of topical films “Heaven’s Meadow,” and MILADA filmmakers, policy experts and Consul Generals from the EU in Los Angeles will convene to share their insights on the inclusion of women in entertainment and our global culture. This panel will tackle both European and American approaches to women’s rights and gender equality, providing multifaceted political, legal and artistic perspectives.
Panelists include:Evgenia Beniatoglou, Consul General of Greece in Los AngelesChiara Tilesi, Producer, Founder of “We Do It Together”Magdalena Chmielewska, director of “Heaven’s Meadow”David Mrnka, director of MILADADr. Caroline Heldman, Research Director of the Geena Davis Institute for Gender and MediaJoin us after the panel discussion for a reception in the lobby.
This event is free with RSVP; see website for details.  more info  
Saturday, May 11 – 8:00 PM – Aero Theatre 
Los Angeles Premiere!
“Last Stop is the Moon”
2017, Lithuania, 9 min. Dir. Birutė Sodeikaitė.

Creating an imaginative world with innovative stop-motion animation, director Birutė Sodeikaitė follows a girl’s gradual acceptance of her illness.   RSVP and attend for free! password: rtyu4567 Los Angeles Premiere!
2018, Latvia, 126 min. Dir. Oskars Rupenheits.

The first Latvian feature partially financed by a local crowdfunding campaign follows a man’s hilarious search for inspiration for his screenplay about the criminal underworld. What begins as a few harmless scams turns into an elaborate heist, as the wannabe con artist and his reluctant companion find themselves more entangled in crime than they ever imagined. This irreverent buddy comedy from first-time director Oskars Rupenheits was a surprise hit at the Latvian box office, becoming the No. 1 film of 2018.
In Latvian with English subtitles.  more info »  
Sunday, May 12 – 4:00 PM – Aero Theatre 
Los Angeles Premiere!
2018, Poland, 18 min. Dir. Klaudia Kęska.

A film school student is tasked with recreating the final scene from THE GODFATHER. Instead of hiring professional actors, he sets up a casting call at the local orphanage in Katowice.   RSVP and attend for free! password:ghjk6789 Los Angeles Premiere!
2018, Luxembourg, 110 min. Dir. Félix Koch.

Luxembourgish comic-book superhero “De Superjhemp” is brought to life in this hilarious box office hit. With the country in mortal danger, the retired superhero (André Jung) has little time to rediscover his powers, don his old cape, and save the day. But fitting into his old tights is only half the problem, as he finds that family matters can be just as difficult. With its impressive special effects and signature Luxembourgish humor, SUPERJHEMP RETÖRNS is the biggest hit of all time in its native country.
In Luxembourgish with English subtitles.  more info »  
Sunday, May 12 – 7:30 PM – Aero Theatre
Co-presented by the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York
“Life in Four Seasons”
2019, Bulgaria, 24 min. Dir. Stefan Apostolov.

Faced with a life-or-death situation, a young boy embarks on an adventure through time, searching within himself for the courage to conquer his fears.    RSVP and attend for free! password: xcvb3456 Los Angeles Premiere!
2018, Romania, 110 min. Dir. Stere Gulea.

Thirty-one years after the release of the Romanian classic THE MOROMETE FAMILY, director Stere Gulea returns to the family and its small community of peasant neighbors with this long-awaited sequel. The film finds Ilie (Horatiu Malaele) and his clan struggling to survive after WWII, as the Iron Curtain begins to descend upon Romania and villages across the country are collectivized. Faced with rapid change, Ilie tries to defend his land and keep his family together.
In Romanian with English subtitles.
Join us at 6:30 PM for a reception in the lobby.
Discussion following “Life in Four Seasons” with director Stefan Apostolov.  more info »  
Monday, May 13 – 7:30 PM – Aero Theatre
“In the Name of the Strawberry, the Chocolate, and the Holy Spirit”
2018, Croatia, 20 min. Dir. Karla Lulić.

A priest’s appetite for ice cream on a Sunday afternoon leads to some mysterious encounters and unexpected, hilarious trouble.   RSVP and attend for free! password: 1234qwer MILADA
2017, Czech Republic, 124 min. Dir. David Mrnka.

This stunning biopic of revolutionary Czech politician Milada Horáková (Ayelet Zurer) and her fight for her country’s freedom was nominated for Best Film at the Czech Lion awards. While her story is not commonly known in the Western part of the world, Horáková’s fight for gender equality is as timely as ever. With its award-winning costumes and makeup, MILADA is a film as beautiful as it is tragic.
Join us at 6:30pm for a reception in the lobby.
Discussion following “In the Name of the Strawberry, the Chocolate, and the Holy Spirit” with director Karla Lulić, schedule permitting.
Discussion following MILADA with director David Mrnka and actresses Ayelet Zurer and Hana Vagnerova.  more info »