Retrospective of the Anonimul 2022 independent film festival in Bucharest

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The retrospective of the 19th edition of the Anonimul International Independent Film Festival, which took place in August in Sfântu Gheorghe in the Danube Delta, will take place from September 8 to 11 in Bucharest, at the Elvire Popesco and ARCUB cinema, writes News.ro.

The Anonimul 2022 program included two Romanian and international short film competitions, one dedicated to international feature films, a special Focus Ukraine section and first screenings of Romanian feature films.

Bucharest audiences will be introduced to films such as Butterfly vision (2022) by Maksym Nakonechnyi and Mariupolis 2 (2022) by Mantas Kvedaravičius, which were part of the Focus Ukraine program.

The drama Butterfly vision, with Rita Burkovska, focuses on Lilia who, after two months of captivity at the front and sexually assaulted, discovers that she has become pregnant as a result of the rape. She is trying to survive the trauma, in a society that is not ready to accept her and her child.

The Anonimul 2022 retrospective closes with the screening of the documentary Mariupolis 2, which opened the festival in Sfântu Gheorghe. This is the last unfinished film by Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravičius, captured by the Russian army and killed at the end of March in the Mariupol region. The documentary was edited in record time by the director’s fiancée, Hanna Bilobrova, in collaboration with the project’s producers for screening at the Cannes Film Festival.

Also on the program 107 mothers (2021 – Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ukraine) by Peter Kerekes, winner of the 2022 Anonimul Trophy. The film, screened on September 10 at ARCUB, tells the true story of mothers detained in a women’s prison in Odessa.

This year’s award-winning short films – Fragmentation by Miruna Minculescu, named best Romanian short film, neon ghost by Brazilian filmmaker Leonardo Martinelli, voted best foreign short film, and Aurică, a dog’s life by Mihai Dragolea, winner of the Ovidiu Bose Paștină Prize – will benefit from a special screening on September 11 at the Elvire Popesco cinema, followed by a question-and-answer session with members of the film crews.

Tickets for the screenings can be purchased at Event Book. At ARCUB, admission will be free for students of the faculties of theater and film, subject to availability.

The complete program of the festival retrospective is available here.

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(Photo source: Anonimul IFF Facebook page)

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