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Bucharest International Film Festival - BIFF - B-EST

Buchar-EST International Film Festival (B-EST IFF) is the first major feature film competition organized in Bucharest held every year since 2005.


3 Romanian Films that were selected in Berlin are invited to B-EST

Three out of the four Romanian films that screened this year in different sections of Berlin International Film Festival will be competing for the awards of the 5th edition of B-EST International Film Festival.

Thus, the long-awaited feature film debut of director Radu Jude, CEA MAI FERICITÃ FATÃ DIN LUME / THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD, presented at Berlin IFF within the Forum section, was selected in the Official Competition of B-EST IFF. Moreover, the short films BRIC-BRAC, by Gabriel Achim and RENOVARE / RENNOVATION, by Paul Negoescu, both presented in the Shorts program at Berlin IFF, are the first two Romanian films selected for B-EST IFF.

CEA MAI FERICITÃ FATÃ DIN LUME / THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD (a HiFilm Productions and Circe Films co-production) is the story of Delia Frãþilã, age 18, the only child of a poor family from the countryside and also winner of the grand prize of a promotional campaign: she sent three soda bottles labels and won a car. Upon her arrival in Bucharest for her filming of the advertising testimonial for the soda company, the building-up tension between the girl and her parents leads to a terrible fight on the set regarding the car – Delia would like to keep it while the parents would like to sell it in order to evade poverty. Gradually, what started as fortunate event degenerates into a painful situation for Delia, a situation that makes her question the relationships within her own family.

In Berlin, CEA MAI FERICITÃ FATÃ DIN LUME / THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD received the CICAE Award (Confederation Internationale des Cinemas d’Art et d’Essai), awarded each year by a jury made of distributors and film critics.

BRIC-BRAC (a UNATC production) is the story of a cinema director (Gabriel Achim), who is trying to convince his lead actor (Paul Ipate) not to give up his part despite the similarities between the story of the film and a personal event - an argument the actor had with his girlfriend (Ioana Blaj). The film combines the actor’s own story with the script, so that the viewer is confused as to what is fiction and what are the actor’s personal memories. Ultimately, the director seems to win in the confrontation with his actor...although the alternative of a film about the Revolution seems much at ease.

The events taking place in RENOVARE / RENNOVATION (a Filmalee, HiFilm Productions & Hochschule for Fernsehen und Film Munchen co-production) are focused on three members of the same family. Diana (Clara Vodã) is trying to supervise the rennovation of her family’s appartment, while at the same time running her daily errands. Her son, Alex (Andrei Runcanu), barely has any time left for the rennovation and his girlfriend, as the deadline for his thesis is coming to a close. To make matters worse, his grandmother (Simona Bondoc) is longing, more than ever, for a little attention from her own family that only seems to ignore her more and more...

B-EST International Film Festival is supported by the National Center for Cinematography.
Co-producers: TVR, TVR Cultural, TVR International;
Media partners: 24 FUN, Cotidianul, Esquire, HBO Romania, Radio Guerrilla, Discovery, , , .

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About Bucharest International Film Festival - BIFF - B-EST

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B-EST IFF 2009 takes place at Cinema Studio, between 23rd and 30th March.
Price for one ticket 8 RON, 4 films pass 24 RON.
All students, regardless of university, have free access, based on their student id.

Buchar-EST International Film Festival (B-EST IFF) is the first major feature film competition organized in Bucharest, starting with 2005.

The aim of the festival has been to become a forum that encourages new cinema trends. We wish to discover new talents, to promote young filmmakers that have achieved recognition both at a national level, as well as in prestigious international competitions. We wish to bring a selection of best quality films to the cinema audience of Bucharest, and we invite you to take part in this event.

B-EST is a festival dedicated to art cinema, but also to those that want to express something new and different through film. Although the focus is represented by independent creations, low and medium-budget productions, B-EST has always managed to include important international awarded films in its selections.



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