As stated above10 films are listed in the international competition of the Astra Film Festival in Sibiu in Romania. Among them are films that have made an impression on this blogger at other festivals like Petr Lom’s ”Back to the Square” from the revolution in Egypt, Dana Budisavljevic’ ”Family Meals”, an intimate look at the director’s family’s lack of communication about subjects ”not to be mentioned”, made in a warm and entertaining way, as well as the strong and intense portrait of a couple in constant trouble in ”Phnom Penh” by the big talent from Poland, Pawel Kloc. How we meet another culture is the theme of ”Solar Eclipse” by Martin Marecek from Czech Republic, funny and thought-provoking.
The festival also hosts the second session of ”DocStories Black Sea”. Apart from tutoring the projects of the workshop, Petr Lom will do a masterclass named ”Profession Documentarist”, American Rick Minnich will show his ”Forgetting Dad”, a personal and investigative film, Serbian Goran Radovanovic will present and talk about his docufiction ”With Fidel Whatever Happens”, and French producer Serge Gordey will do a session on web documentaries and interactive storytelling.
The workshop is run by Romanian Ileana Stanculescu and Georgian Artchil Khetagouri, both directors, their last film being ”Noosfera”, reviewed on this blog. I will be there as well, as a tutor.