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Bucharest International Film Festival - BIFF - B-EST

Buchar-EST International Film Festival (B-EST IFF) is the first major feature film competition organized in Bucharest held every year since 2005.


Special screenings at B-EST

BucharEST International Film Festival (B-EST IFF) has the pleasure to announce the complete list of films off competition and the special screenings which will be shown at Studio Cinema between March 23rd and 30th!

This year, B-EST IFF has some exceptional films in store for you: 

THE FLOWER BRIDGE, director Thomas Ciulei's newest documentary; 

FOUR NIGHTS WITH ANNA, screened in the presence of Polish director Jerzy Skolimovski,
the festival's Guest of Hnor and author of a splendid painting
exhibition that you can see starting with March 24th at 3/4 ArtExpo
Galleries,  Bucharest National Theater;

documentary (Oscar for Taxi to the Dark Side), that depicts the life
and adventures of Gonzo journalism dr. Hunter S.Thompson (his relation
with Hell's Angels, his attempt to become sherrif in Aspen, the novel
"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", his active involvement in the
presidential campaign of senator George McGovern in 1972, etc.);

MOSCOW, BELGIUM, directed by Christophe Van Rompaey,
awarded with ACID, Rails d’Or and SACD for Screenplay within Cannes
International Film Festival, Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Film
within Denver International Film Festival and Best Debut within Zurich
Film Festival, all in 2008.

And finally, TOKYO!, the exotic cinema triptic directed by Michel Gondry, Leos Carax and Bong Joon-Ho,
made of the short films „Interior Design”, „Merde” and ‘Shaking Tokyo”
that together compose a symphony interpreted in three dissonant parts,
reflecting the image of the metropolis.

B-EST IFF will also have two special events - HBO DOCUMENTARIES EVENING, featuring two documentaries produced by HBO Romania - Apocaplypse on wheels and Weddings, music and videotapes, and the ISRAELI EVENING, featuring, screened for the very first time in Romania, Shiva, a film written and directed by actress Ronit Elkabetz together with her brother Shlomi Elkabetz.

For the mass media representatives, the access will be allowed based on the press accreditations.
All students, regardless of university, have free access to films.
audience will be able to watch the screenings within B-EST
International Film Festival based on individual tickets or 4 movies

PRESS RELEASE 17.03.2009


International Film Festival (B-EST IFF) is pleased to announce the
complete list of feature films, documentaries and short films which
will be screened 23rd to 30th March at Studio Cinema. 

Feature Films Competition 

1. Absurdistan (directed by Veit Helmer, Germany 2008)
2. Chiko (directed by Ozgur Yildirim, Turkey/Germany 2008)
3. The Happiest Girl in the World (directed by Radu Jude, Romania 2009)
4. Eldorado (directed by Bouli Lanners, Belgium 2008)
5. Mister Morimoto (directed by Nicola Sornaga, France 2009) - new version premiere!
6. Shotgun Stories (directed by Jeff Nighols, USA 2008)
7. Wendy & Lucy (directed by Kelly Reichardt, USA 2008)

Documentaries Competition

1. The Day After Peace (directed by Jeremy Gilley, Great Britain 2008)
2. Dobra Pani (directed by Pawel Krzywicki, Poland 2008)
3. Just Leave Daddy Be (directed by Debbie Kleijn, The Netherlands 2008)
4. Beyond Soccer (directed by Halder Gomes, Brazil 2009)
5. Microcosmos Sarajevo (directed by Barbara Turk Niskac, Saso Niskac, Slovenia-Slovakia 2008)
6. New York City Girls (directed by Yseult Digan, France 2008)
7. Salaam Aleykum Copenhagen (directed by Saso Niskac, Denmark- Slovenia- Slovakia 2008)
8. Supermen of Malegaon (directed by Faiza Ahmad Khan, India, 2008)
9. They Came to Play (directed by Alexandru Rotaru, USA 2008)
10. Tiny Joys (directed by Balint Ibolya, Hungary-Romania 2009)

Short Films Competition

1. Megatron (directed by Marian Crisan, Romania 2008)
2. Venetia (directed by Florin Piersic Jr., Romania 2008)
3. Renovare (directed by Paul Negoescu, Romania 2009)
4. The Attack of Robots from Nebula-5 (directed by Ghema Garcia Ibarra, Spain 2008)
5. 18 Seconds (directed by Zacharias and Macgregor, Spain 2007)
6. Ata (directed by Cagla Zencirci & Guillaume Giovanetti, France & Turkey 2008)
7. The Diary (directed by Massimo Amici, Italy 2008)
8. Hawker (directed by Dustin Fenely, Australia, 2008)
9. E finita la commedia (directed by Jean-Julien Collette & Olivier Tollet, Belgium 2007)
10. Immer Sommer (directed by Michael Ruf, Germany 2008)

Students Shorts

1. Bric-Brac (directed by Gabriel Achim, Romania 2008)
2. The Long Way Home (directed by Anamaria Chioveanu, Romania 2008)
3. Aitilop/ Ecilop (directed by Matei Alexandru Mocanu, Romania 2008)

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About Bucharest International Film Festival - BIFF - B-EST

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B-EST IFF 2009 takes place at Cinema Studio, between 23rd and 30th March.
Price for one ticket 8 RON, 4 films pass 24 RON.
All students, regardless of university, have free access, based on their student id.

Buchar-EST International Film Festival (B-EST IFF) is the first major feature film competition organized in Bucharest, starting with 2005.

The aim of the festival has been to become a forum that encourages new cinema trends. We wish to discover new talents, to promote young filmmakers that have achieved recognition both at a national level, as well as in prestigious international competitions. We wish to bring a selection of best quality films to the cinema audience of Bucharest, and we invite you to take part in this event.

B-EST is a festival dedicated to art cinema, but also to those that want to express something new and different through film. Although the focus is represented by independent creations, low and medium-budget productions, B-EST has always managed to include important international awarded films in its selections.



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