Romanian Movies at #TIFF19 | SEP 5-15

A great selection of Romanian films at the Toronto International Film Festival 2019.

A great selection of Romanian films at the Toronto International Film Festival 2019.

Collective / Colectiv (Romania, Luxembourg, 2019)

A documentary by Alexander Nanau.

Director Alexander Nanau follows a crack team of investigators at the Romanian newspaper Sports Gazette as they try to uncover a vast health-care fraud that enriched moguls and politicians — and led to the deaths of innocent citizens

Alexander Nanau was born in Bucharest and studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. He has directed the feature documentaries The World According to Ion B (10) and Toto and His Sisters (14).

Fri, Sep 0616:00Scotiabank Theatre
Sun, Sep 0815:15Jackman Hall (AGO)
Thu, Sep 1215:15Scotiabank Theatre

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Simple Women (Italy, Romania, 2019)

A film by Chiara Malta.

In this innovative fiction debut from Chiara Malta, a director with epilepsy trying to make a film about the life of famed Romanian actor Elina Löwensohn discovers that her real-life subject bears little resemblance to the star she idolized.

Chiara Malta was born in Rome. Her past directorial credits include the short films L’Isle (06), Waiting for a Woman (10), L’amour à trois (10), The Eyes of a Fox (12), The Existence According to Gabriel (15), and Stefano’s Story (17). Simple Women (19) is her debut feature.

Thu, Sep 0518:30TIFF Bell Lightbox
Fri, Sep 0616:14Scotiabank Theatre
Sat, Sep 1416:45Scotiabank Theatre

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The Whistlers / La Gomera (Romania, France, Germany, 2019)

A film by Corneliu Porumboiu.

In this neo-noir tale from Romanian auteur Corneliu Porumboiu (Police, Adjective, 12:08 East of Bucharest), a corrupt cop — under surveillance while participating in a mob plot in the Canary Islands — must communicate with his accomplices in an Indigenous language based on whistling.

Corneliu Porumboiu was born in Vaslui, Romania, and studied directing at the National University of Drama and Film in Bucharest. Many of his films have screened at the Festival, including his feature debut 12:08 East of Bucharest (06), Police, Adjective (09), When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (13), and The Treasure (15).

Thu, Sep 0518:15Scotiabank Theatre
Fri, Sep 0614:30Scotiabank Theatre

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