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Astra Film Festival

Astra Film Festival 2006

The documentary Film - Where To?

It is not by chance that the colloquim " The documentary Film - Where To?" is part of the programme of ASTRA FILM FEST in Sibiu, at the very moment when Romania is hosting the Francophonic Year. ASTRA FILM FEST is an highly estemeed event, and films of the francophonic area have been constantly presented and acclaimed here. When we think about the Romanian film festivals which enjoyed the participation of films coming from the francophone area, we have to mention DaKino, and Transylvania International Film Festival, TIFF. If we think about awards and honours obtained by Romanian films, we come to the same francophone region: Cannes, Montreal, Namur, Montpelier etc. Cinema language connects people who live in the francophone area and beyond it. Documentarz film is at the same time art and knowledge.

ASTRA FILM FEST 2006 is the place where Romanian filmmakers will meet their peers from francophone countries under the motto " art, knowledge, friendship".

Prof. univ. dr. Laurenţiu Damian

Gossip At The Shot Pillars

Director: Cornel Mihalache
Country: Romania
Year: 2006
Length: 27
January 2006. Cluj Napoca. In the center of the town, on a side pavement, near the monument for the Heroes of the Revolution killed in December 1989, two people are chatting. A television reporter intervenes in their conversation and asks them what was the meaning of that monument, called „the shot pillars”. Because we are in Romania and because it is cold, they begin talking politics. The two people turn out to be...


Clara B.

Director: Alexandru Solomon, Corinne Ibram
Country: Romania
Year: 2006
Length: 52

Through archive images, news and authentic pictures from the beginning of the 20th century, the film tells the fictional story of Clara B., photographer and reporter, an independent and strong woman – born in Strasbourg in 1901 and who lived her life between France and Germany.

Another fictional character, Jonas, museum curator, recomposes her existence. He discovers Clara B. through the documents donated to the museum where he works.

A meditation on the memory of archives and the history of the 20th century.




Director: Sorin Ilieşiu, Marina Celac
Country: Romania
Year: 1996
Length: 13
“Construct” is a film-essay that wants to discern the dynamical structure of an architectural space that the Dadaist Marcel Iancu has designed in Bucharest, in 1934.


Escaping From the Body – Sever Frenţiu

Director: Laurenţiu Damian
Country: Romania
Year: 2006
Length: 25
The personality and the work of the painter Sever Frenţiu are among the most complex of the 20th century’s end. The film is a documentary base, a few years after the death of the artist, and sets out the main significations of his work.


Ion Nicodim- The Passenger of the Earth

Director: Anca Damian
Country: Romania
Year: 1998
Length: 20
A film about the artist Ion Nicodim, about the place of his birth and inspiration -Dobrogea, about the creation process, about our origins.


On The Road

Director: Dumitru Budrala
Country: Romania
Year: 1997
Length: 43
Every autumn, shepherds from Transylvania set off with their flocks in search of green grass. They follow an ancient route which takes them hundreds of miles away from home. During his journey, the master of a flock is murdered in a forest. His youngest son must take over one thousand sheep, five donkeys, seven dogs and four hired shepherds. Sleeping in the open, marching through villages and fields, fighting bad weather and truck drivers’ prejudice, he learns to be a master.


The Craziness of the Heads

Director: Thomas Ciulei
Country: Romania
Year: 1997
Length: 86

Lena Constante, an innocent victim of the struggle over power within the Romanian Communist Party, was arrested in January 1948 and involved in the trial of Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu. After long years of detention (she was released only in 1961), sole survivor of the trial, she writes a shocking book, “Silent Escape”, which is the basis of this film and which constitutes an amazing testimony about the will to survive, in prison, escaping through creation.