Scarecrow Video Picks from the Romanian Film Festival Seattle Staff!

By the Romanian Film Festival Seattle staff

The Romanian Film Festival (5th Edition): “One Eye Laughing, One Eye Crying: Uncanny Worlds” is coming to SIFF Cinema Uptown November 2-4, 2018!

This year’s festival will carry the spirit of Halloween into November by taking the audience on a visual tour of Romania and its “Uncanny Worlds”. Join us for a feast of mesmerizing features and documentaries, tackling subjects from demon hunters and haunted mansions to rediscovering the joys of life and using art as activism.

Proudly organized by the American Romanian Cultural Society (ARCS), in partnership with The Romanian Cultural Institute.

Passes and Tickets available at:

At Scarecrow, rent: California Dreamin’ (2007), Directed by C. Nemescu

At the festival, see The Wanderers, The Quest of the Demon Hunter (2017), Directed by Dragoș Buliga. The film follows famed ghost and demon hunter Louis as he takes on a new case in modern day Romania. As he starts hunting the evil lurking in plain daylight in the frightened community around the Transylvanian castle, Louis faces one of the biggest challenges of his career and life. Both films star Armand Assante! 

At Scarecrow, rent The Oak, Directed by Lucian Pintilie (1992)

At the festival, see Miss Christina on the Romanian Film Festival’s Opening Night! The film tells the love story between a human and the vampire-like character of a gorgeous young woman who died a violent death. Known in Romanian as a  ”moroi”  or a “strigoi”, Miss Christina comes back from the grave to seduce her niece’s fiancé, Egor (Tudor  Istodor), during his first visit to the countryside family mansion. Both films star Maia Morgenstern! Morgenstern is also scheduled to be a special guest and will participate in a Q&A after the screening.

At Scarecrow, rent Graduation (2016), directed by Cristian Mungiu

At the festival, see One Step Behind the Seraphim (2017), Directed by Daniel Sandu. This caustic coming of age movie calls to mind boarding-school-set movies where oppression and brutality are widespread. One Step Behind the Seraphim swept Romania’s Gopo Awards in 2018. It won eight statuettes, including the most important trophies: Best Film, Best Film Director, Best Script, Best Debut Feature, Best Leading Actor, Best Picture and Young Hope, together with the Award of the Romanian Society of Cinematographers. It also received the Audience Award at Transylvania Film Festival. Daniel Sadu will be at the festival to present his film! 

At Scarecrow, rent Crazy Stranger (1997), directed by Tony Gatlif

At the festival, see D-Love (2018), directed by Elena Beuca. The palpable strain on Stefania and Dan is only made worse when a Danish vagabond asks for a ride to the busiest freeway in Los Angeles. Stefania doesn’t want to have anything to do with the hippie wanderer, but much to his wife’s horror, her husband offers to bring this total stranger to their home. How will their encounter with this uncanny character affect their marriage?

At Scarecrow, rent Police, Adjective (2009), Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu

At the festival, see The Treasure (2015), Directed by Corneliu Porumboiu. One evening, Costi’s neighbor Negoescu pays him an unexpected visit and shares a secret. He suspects that his great-grandfather buried a treasure in his garden at the time of the Communist takeover in the 1940s. If Costi hires a metal detector to help locate the treasure, he will give him half of whatever they get. The two accomplices have one weekend to locate the loot and many obstacles in their path. Winner of Un Certain Regard Talent Prix, 2015.


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