The fifth edition of Spotlight: Romania Film Festival will take place between November 27 and December 1. The theme is film and identity. The focus is on how the Romanian revolution and the fall of communism have influenced the identity of younger generations. The festival takes place at multiple locations. The film ‘The Paper Will Be Blue’ will be screened in the Humanity House on November 29.
“The Paper Will Be Blue” (Hârtia va fi albastra) is a 2006 Romanian film, written and directed by Radu Muntean. The story takes place on December 22 and 23, 1989, during the Romanian revolution. The film follows a militia of which one member leaves the group to participate in the revolution. The film was filmed with a portable camera.
After the film screening there will be a conversation with Romanian artists and filmmakers. The conversation is about the Romanian revolution, which ultimately leads to the fall of communism and its aftermath. The attendees talk about the hopeful expectations after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Romanian ‘catching up’ that followed. It also looks at how history is represented in Romanian contemporary cinema
Spotlight: Romania Film Festival has been organized in The Hague since 2015 and highlights all sides of Romanian arthouse cinema. More information about the rest of the festival can be found on their website or their Facebook event.
About the speakers
Alina Lupu is a Romanian artist and writer from Amsterdam. She has a background in psychology, photography and a visual arts education. Earlier this year Alina published the book ‘This is a work of Fiction’. The book is about true and fictional situations that uncover the fragility of an artist’s life and the many compromises that come with it. Her work has been shown in various places such as, W139 in Amsterdam, Onomatopee in Eindhoven, Rheum Room in Basel and the European Lab in Lyon.
Alexandry Baciu is a screenwriter and film director from Bucharest. He collaborated with Radu Muntean and Razvan Radulescu on films such as ‘The Paper will be Blue’, ‘Boogie and One Floor Below’. All these films have been screened at several film festivals, including in Cannes. In 2011, together with Ruda Muntean, he directed the documentary ‘Visiting Room’ for HBO Romania. Together with his wife Maria Popistasu, who also wrote the script, he directed a short film called ‘The Seagull’.
19:15 -20: 00 Doors and bar open
20:00 – 20:15 Welcome by moderator
20:15 – 22:15 Film screening and debate