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12th Transilvania International Film Festival, 2013

The Cleaner

"The Cleaner” (Adrian Saba)

The 12th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival took place from May 31 to June 9 in Cluj-Napoca, the ancient capital of Transilvania, a historical region in the central part of Romania, surrounded on the east and south by the Carpathian mountain range. It is presented by the Romanian Film Promotion. Founded in 2002, TIFF is the first international feature film festival in Romania. It has become a well-known brand in Romania, not only for the outstanding films screened every year, but also for the effective organization, sparkling atmosphere and density of events, from seminars, workshops and panels to fabulous concerts and crazy all-night parties. During the festival’s previous editions, important personalities in European and world cinema have been present. Lifetime Achievement Awards have been given to Julie Delpy, Michael Radford, Annie Girardot, Udo Kier, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, Nicolas Roeg, Catherine Deneuve, Claudia Cardinale, Wim Wenders, Jacqueline Bisset, and Geraldine Chaplin. This year the Awards were presented to British director Stephen Frears (not present) and Czech filmmaker Jiří Menzel.

There were ten days of special screenings, national and international premieres, workshops and masterclasses by important industry guests, concerts, exhibitions, and much more: 190 films from 53 countries and over 700 guests. There were three competitive sections.

Twelve young directors competed for the Transilvania trophy. This edition focused on first-time directors: ten of the titles were by directors making their feature directorial debut. The films in this section came from Saudi Arabia, Uruguay, Poland, Sweden, USA, Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands, India, Slovakia, and Japan.

In the Shadows Shorts section, there were twelve short thriller, horror and sci-fi films, including the Romanian film The End, by Marius Rosu. The shorts were screened before the movies in competition; some of these were very interesting and much appreciated by the public.

Last year's phobia about the end of the world inspired the theme of this year's edition, which was titled "This is the End". The twelve films competing for the FIPRESCI award focused, in different ways, on personal or world apocalypses. Obviously this was not a very optimistic section, but some films dealt with the subject of apocalypse in a less somber fashion. (Furio Fossati)

12th Transilvania International Film Festival (Romania, Cluj-Napoca, May 31th — June 9th, 2013). Jury: Maricke Nieuwdorp, Nederland ("L'Officiel NL", "Schokkend Nieuws", "TVFilm", "Glamcult"),  Furio Fossati, Italy ("Corriere Mercantile", "cinemaeteatro", "FilmDoc", "CineCritica"), Iaromira Popovici, Romania ("Dilema Veche", "Observator cultural", "Romania liberă", "Idei în dialog", "Tango", "Cotidianul"). FIPRESCI Prize: The Cleaner (El limpiador) by Adrian Saba (first feature) (Peru, 2012, 35mm, 95') presented in This is the Endsection. International Sales: Flamingo Films Empresa Individual De Responsabilidad Limitada, Flamingo Films E.I.R., Lima, Peru.


Life from Death. Furio Fossati reivewed the FIPRESCI Prize winner The Cleaner (El limpiador) by Adrian Saba. arrow.
On Death and Love. The section "This is the End", presented at this year's festival, featured twelve films dealing with death or disintegration of various kinds. Iaromira Popovici's impressions. arrow.
Everyone Dies. Shadows Shorts, the short horror and fantasy competition at TIFF, was inaugurated in 2006. This year's edition proved — once again — to be very popular; the "evil shorts" in Cluj's Cinema Arta were completely sold out. Maricke Nieuwdorp's report. arrow.



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