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Stories from the border zone

Poftiti va rog (Please!) / Gazda (Host)
Regissør: Serestély Szilárd,Mircea Sorin Albutiu
(Romania, 2018 / Romania, 2017)

Romania is struggling with population decline and emigration. The film scene in the country, on the other hand, is both dynamic and growing, something this year's Transilvania International Film Festival highlighted.


If one had based solely on the coverage of European media, one could easily have been led to believe that Romania is a smaller country both in terms of population and area than its neighbor in the west, Hungary. The newsworthy reader will probably be able to identify Hungary's autocratic and Putin-loving Prime Minister Viktor Orban, whose open illiberal politics and frequent outbursts have made him one of the most easily recognizable and influential politicians in the continent's central / eastern region. Few outside Romania, on the other hand, will find out President Klaus Iohannis or Prime Minister Viorica Dancila.

That the latter is relatively unknown to most is understandable; She has only been in power since January, after street protests against a proposed change to the country's corruption laws forced Sorin Grindeanus's departure after only six months at the helm. These demonstrations did indeed create international headlines, but after the stormy December days in 1989 – when long-time Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was swiftly overthrown – Romania has rarely figured in global consciousness.

TIFF is one of the most dynamic film festivals in the former Eastern bloc.

An important reason for this is that Romania has so far proved to be relatively immune to the populist wave that has swept across large parts of Europe over the past decade, and whose progress the international media daily follows in detail. But this is actually the EU's seventh largest member state in terms of population – 19 million – and the ninth largest. . .

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