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Bucharest International Dance Film Festival returns between September 8 and 11. Four fascinating feature films, in national premiere

film Joyland at BIDFF PHOTO bidff.ro

The film Joyland can be watched at the French Institute FOTO bidff.ro

Bucharest International Dance Film Festival (BIDFF) returns, between September 8-11, with more than 25 cultural events dedicated to both the public and artist communities, gathered under the theme “(Un)safe Zones”.

The 8th edition of the festival will take place, as in previous years, at the French Institute (Cinema Elvire Popesco), the Peasant Museum Cinema, the National Dance Center, /SAC @ MALMAISON and the Griviţa Factory, but also in three new locations: CINEMAX Veranda, Garden with Films – Cinema and More and the “Amalia and Chief Rabbi Dr. Moses Rosen” Residential Center for the elderly.

“Bucharest International Dance Film Festival, 8th edition” is a cultural project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund – AFCN* and the Bucharest City Hall through ARCUB within the Bucharest affective 2022 Program.

Unique in the landscape of film festivals in Romania, this year BIDFF brings four fascinating feature films, in the national premiere: “Joyland” (dir. Saim Sadiq), “Rookies” (dir. Thierry Demaizière & Alban Teurlai), “Moonage Daydream” (r. . Brett Morgen) and “Neptune Frost” (dir. Saul Williams & Anisia Uzeyman).

“Every year, at BIDFF we aim to discuss urgent topics that affect our lives in several ways. This year it was not at all difficult to coagulate the events of the festival under the theme of (un)safe zones. It is becoming more and more obvious that we live in maximum insecurity, a general state of mistrust generated by disease, military conflicts and economic crisis. Nationalist and discriminatory discourses have become more acidic, and society is divided into pro and con camps, forgetting to coexist. In this landscape, the collective affective and emotional crisis can no longer be ignored.

Reacting to this conflicting ecosystem, BIDFF brings to the audience powerful films, both feature films and fiction, animation or VR shorts, in which familiar issues are explored with intelligence and courage by artists from all continents”, said Simona Deaconescu, artistic director BIDFF.

Feature films and documentaries

The French Institute (Cinema Elvire Popesco) will host the feature films “Joyland” and “Rookies”.

The film “Joyland” (2022, Pakistan), directed by Saim Sadiq, introduces us to the patriarchal world of the Rana family, whose stability is detonated by the actions of the youngest son, who secretly joins an erotic dance club and falls in love with a trans starlet “Joyland” is a story from present-day Pakistan about an impossible love, a drama charged with astonishing physical and emotional energy, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. Premiered this year at the Cannes Film Festival, Saim Sadiq’s debut feature won the jury prize in the Un Certain Regard section.

“Rookies” (2022, France) is a documentary directed by Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai. In the heart of Paris, a prestigious high school makes a bold bet: to integrate students from disadvantaged neighborhoods and make them break the determinism of school failure through dance and hip-hop. “Here, we don’t give in and we don’t give up!” is the motto of Turgot high school, where, through dance and movement, young people learn to transpose their complicated experiences into physical energy and to overcome themselves. The film was presented at the Berlinale 2022 in the Generation 14 plus section.

“Moonage Daydream” (2022, USA/Germany), directed by Brett Morgen, debuts in Romania at CINEMAX Veranda.

“Are you there, Mr. David?” – Cinematic experience of the year, featuring archival footage from concerts and interviews with David Bowie in the premiere, the feature film “Moonage Daydream” is considered by critics to be a glorious eulogy and a genre-defying film (The Guardian), absolutely stunning, perhaps the best film ever made about an artist (Vogue). A hypnotic audio-visual space odyssey (The Telegraph) that illuminates an enigmatic cult legacy, the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May and will be released in the US from September 16.

Workshops for all tastes

At the Peasant Museum Cinema, we see “Neptune Frost” (2021, France/ Rwanda/ USA), signed by Saul Williams and filmmaker of Rwandan origin Anisia Uzeyman. The film is an Afro-futuristic vision of a love story between an intersex hacker and a coltan miner, but also a fresco in music and movement about revolt and the recovery of technology for progressive political purposes. Absolutely unprecedented (MUBI Notebook), a punk, stunning (robertebert.com) and visionary (Variety) sci-fi musical, “Neptune Frost” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2021 – Director’s Fortnight and presented at international film festivals among others in New York, Toronto and Sundance.

In addition to the premiere feature films, the festival brings to Bucharest for four days international and national short film competitions, film and dance workshops, conferences, public presentations, guided film tours, film production laboratories and exhibitions, all included in the sections: BIDFF SHORTS, BIDFF COMMUNITY, BIDFF VR and BIDFF EXPAND.

“In 2022, through conferences and visual explorations, we are talking about how the choreography of the masses appears in moments of political and social crisis. The BIDFF team believes that, especially in this period, the need for culture must be made aware and nourished with artistic works that help us understand our own bodies. Therefore, we can look at the (un)safe areas not as generators of conflict, but as territories open to discussion, through which we restore a necessary balance” – Simona Deaconescu.

Conferences held by specialists from the country and abroad

Every year, as part of the EXPAND section – the professional artistic training program of the festival, BIDFF brings renowned dance film creators to Bucharest, to support intensive professionalization workshops dedicated to Romanian artists. In 2022, the founder of the award-winning dance film production house The Motion Dance Collective from the UK, Omari ‘Motion’ Carter will coordinate a dance film workshop, between September 9 and 11, at the Bucharest National Dance Center. In the same section, CNDB will host three other conferences supported by national and international specialists, including Kélina Gotman, with “Choreomania: Scenes of Ecstasy and Revolt”.

The full festival program and ticket information will be available soon on the festival website www.bidff.ro.

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