ROMANIA on TOFIFEST: “FIRST OF ALL. FELICIA” & “FRANCESCA” IN MAIN COMPETITION

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“First of All, Felicia” (“Felicia inainte de toate”, Romania 2009) is the feature debut of Razvan Radulescu and Melissa de Raaf Romanian-German duo. It is also the Polish premiere of the film.
Subtle acting and emotional intensity” are the strongest part of “First of All, Felicia”, according to words of The Hollywood Reporter’s critic. The story talks about the alienated condition of a 40 year old woman who believed to have followed her passion and now doesn’t know anymore where she belongs. We are on Felicia’s departure day after the two week annual visit to her family in Bucharest. As the taxi drives through the jammed streets of Bucharest, Felicia and her mother realize they will never be in time for the flight. While trying to rebook her ticket, Felicia begins to understand she has to choose between two families – parents and son who has stayed at home.
“First of All, Felicia” is the first common work of the famous Romanian writer and German art curator Radulescu became famous as the author of the screenplay for “Mr. Lazarescu Death” which won at festivals in Cannes, Cluj and Bratislava. Melissa De Raaf occupies with the theory of art, philosophy and visual arts.
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"Francesca" is the second film from Romania in this year’s Tofifest. It was directed by Bobby Păunescu and it is his feature film debut. Main role was played by beautiful Romanian model and actress Monica Barladeanu.
“Francesca” is a film which raises the problem of earning immigration from East Europe countries to the West. It is very important issue for modern Romania. It confirms the fact that Tudor Cristian Jurigiu’s film “Nunta Lui Oli” which takes part in Tofifest 2010 short films competition also talks about it.
Francesca is 30 years old and she works as a teacher at a kindergarten in Bucharest. Her parents have split up many years ago and she now lives with her mother, Ana. Francesca longs to immigrate to Italy. She quickly finds an agent who promises wonders. However, after some time she slowly begins to realize that this work can be a cover for the dirty interests and trafficking in women.
The film provoked a political scandal at the Venice Film Festival. Member of the Italian Parliament Alessandra Mussolini and the mayor of Verona Flavio Tosi tried to block the exhibiotion of the film at the festival. The reason was sharp words about both politicians who are well known for antimigrant attitude. In the dialogues Mussolini, granddaughter of Fascist leader, is called “a whore who wants to kill the Romanians” and Tosi “shitty mayor”.
The director did not bend and did not change the film. In Toruń you will see the full version of Francesca.

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