Special activities, projections, focus on new talents, schools, and other festivals – this is Focus Romania.

Every year, our program Focus Country highlights contemporary cinematographic culture by bringing the cinema circuit of a Central and Eastern European country to Portugal. In 2021, BEAST IFF is pleased to bring Romania as the focus of the festival through Focus Romania.

Composed of the Opening Film session and the Doc Highlights and School Visit programs, the section pays homage to long and short films of the new wave of Romanian cinema, which has been attracting the attention of the international awards circuit since the early 2000s. Its realistic tone – sometimes acid, sometimes sensitive – is one of the hallmarks of the works of the country’s contemporary wave, led by great talents of Eastern European cinema.

The Doc Highlight program encompasses three feature films and positions itself at the center of this year’s Focus Country section, serving as a window into Romanian culture through its directors’ attentive eyes.

This special program aims to highlight the power of a narrative based on real events, as well as the talent and creativity of the region’s directors.

Selected for Doc Highlights:

Acasă, My Home
Radu Ciorniciuc | Romania, Finland, Germany | 2020 | DOC. | 85’ | SUB. PT/EN

The Soviet Garden
Dragoș Turea | Moldova, Romania | 2019 | DOC. | 76’ | SUB. PT/EN

The Distance Between Me and Me
Mona Nicoară, Dana Bunescu | Romania, USA | 2018 | DOC. | 89’ | SUB. PT/EN