A film about ‘Stalin’s Space Monkeys’ and a participatory documentary were among the highlights of this year’s festival.
While the Transilvania International Film Festival continues to promote the type of slow-burning social realism its national cinema has become renowned for, not all Romanian films are stylistically identical and there are countless filmmakers attempting to redefine the map of Romanian cinema.
To discover an international film festival that feels more like a passion project than an industry-oriented event is a rarity. Now in its 15th year, the 2016 Transilvania International Film Festival felt like just that; offering up an eclectic, carefully curated programme. Set in Transylvania’s historic capital, Cluj-Napoca, the screenings spanned numerous venues, most of which are nestled among the Gothic churches and modern apartment blocks, across the city.