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Romanian Festival @ Peninsula Arts - University of Plymouth | Thursday, December 10 2009

13 & 14 November 2009. Films until 18 December. 
Twenty of Romania's most influential and award-winning authors are launched by University of Plymouth Press in a new series 20 Romanian Writers.
These works have been translated into English for the first time; the collection captures Romania's rich cultural diversity and artistic heritage. Selected by an independent Romanian jury of editors, academics and publishers, the series showcases the most notable Romanian novels, essays, poetry, short prose and philosophy of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Each volume is edited and comes with a substantial introduction and texts are complemented with a 16 page full color supplement provided by Romanian contemporary visual artists. 20 Romanian Writers is a landmark collection of the very best writing, which has come from Romania during the past 100 years.
(University of Plymouth Press)
Book Launch
The first major translated collection of Romania's most prominent authors, poets, playwrights and artists.
The first four volumes of the 20 authors series translated from Romanian into English are: 
  • Six maladies of the contemporary spirit, by Constantin Noica
  • The cinematography caravan, by Ioan Grosan
  • Lines poems poetry, by Mircea Ivanescu
  • Occurence in the immediate reality, by Max Blecher

The books can be ordered from
Click here to download the brochure 20 Romanian writers.
The launch takes place in the presence of Mircea Mihaies (vice president of the Romanian Cultural Institute), Ioan Grosan (writer) and Alistair Ian Blyth (translator).
When & Where: 14 November 2009, 3 pm | Crosspoint, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University
The War of Independance (1912) - Romania's first feature film within it's Re-Scoring the Silent series. Astonishingly ambitious for a film nearly 100 years old, the film tells the story of Romania's War of Independance (1877-1879). This film is accompanied by live music with pianist Lola Perrin.
When & Where: 14 November 2009, 4.30 pm | Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University
Admission: Tickets £5, concession £3, Free for Friends and UoP students
The Shadow of Ceausescu Film Series - A season of Romanian features contextualising the Romanian revolution.
  • 26 November, 7pm: 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, by Cristian Mungiu. The film will be preceded by a short introduction and followed with a post film Q&A by Irina-Margareta Nistor.
  • 3 December, 7pm: The Way I Spent the End of the World, by Catalin Mitulescu
  • 10 December, 7pm: The Paper Will be Blue, by Radu Muntean
  • 16 December, 7pm: Videogrames of a Revolution, by Harun Farocki & Andrei Ujica
  • 17 December, 7pm: 12:08 East of Bucharest by Corneliu Porumboiu
    The last two screenings will be presented by Angelo Mitchievici and will be followed by a Q&A session with the public.
Four Romanian Artists: Anca Boeriu, Florin Stoiciu, Florica Prevenda, Alexandru Radvan
whose work illustrates the launched volumes.
When: Saturday 14 November - Saturday 19 December
Open Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Where: Peninsula Arts Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building
Hand to Mouth: Tessa Bunney
A journey through the Romanian Carpathians
When: Friday 6 November - Friday 11 December 2009
Open Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday by appointment
Where: Cube3 Gallery, Portland Square Building
For more details, please visit


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