The American Independent Film Festival (AIFF), the event that showcases films made outside of the Hollywood system, will hold this year’s edition between April 15-21.
The 2022 edition marks a return to the original format of the festival’s pre-pandemic restrictions, with screenings held in venues that can be filled to capacity, event organizers said. The screenings will take place at the Elvire Popesco Cinema and at the Peasant Museum Cinema in Bucharest.
The festival will open with the independent production red rocket, directed by Sean Baker. The film, screened in competition at Cannes in 2021, “offers a vibrant and popular perspective on modern American life.”
The AIFF will also present the national premiere of The clothedirected by Graham Moore, which premiered at the 2022 Berlinale Special. The Oscar-winning screenwriter of The imitation game directed “a masterful and engrossing thriller in which a high-end tailor (the great Mark Rylance, also a well-deserved Oscar winner) must face off against a dangerous group of gangsters to survive a fateful night”.
The festival will also feature the directorial debut of actress Robin Wright, Earth. The film follows “one woman’s harrowing search as she isolates herself in the vast and harsh American wilderness”.
This year’s festival visual celebrates the 40th anniversary of the launch of ET, Steven Spielberg’s beloved film, and features the adorable alien creature in one of the film’s iconic shots.
As in previous editions, the AIFF will also support a social cause this year. He decided to support Ukrainian families who either continue to live in war-torn settlements or have taken refuge in Romania. The support will be implemented in partnership with associations represented by Sorin Ioniță and Sara Turetta.
Sorin Ioniță is the chairman of the think tank Expert Forum Association and decided to get involved in helping the people of the Chernivtsi region, organizing the transport of the aid collected through voluntary contributions to the inhabitants in need of the localities in this neighboring region of Romania.
Sara Turetta is a social activist with more than 20 years of experience in Romania helping children and animals. Her book on a shelter for abandoned animals in Romania, which she created, will be published by Humanitas this fall. Now Sara Turreta has decided to get involved in helping Ukrainian refugee families to enter Romania at the Isaccea border crossing – helping with their social integration, in transit to their final destinations and temporarily taking care of pets. that the families are trying to save from the war.
In addition to buying a ticket for any screening, the public can contribute by attending special charity screenings during the festival or by donating directly to partner associations.
Previously, AIFF supported the NGOs Casa Bună, Ovidiu Ro, Casa Share and the volunteer program Our Big Day Out.
Apart from Bucharest, the AIFF will also organize a warm-up in Cluj this year, which will take place on April 16 and 17 at Cinema Victoria.
The finalists of the 4th edition of the Write a screenplay for… Competition, organized by the Cinemascop Association with the support of HBO Europe, will be announced at the Bucharest festival. This year, screenwriters were invited to write for actress Ioana Bugarin.
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