FESTIVALS: Transilvania IFF 2023 Announces Lineup

    Carbon by Ion Borș Carbon by Ion Borș source: TIFF

    CLUJ-NAPOCA: Twelve films directed by first and second-time filmmakers have been selected for the main competition of the 22nd Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), which will be held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania 9 – 18 June 2023. The titles for the What's Up, Doc? competition were also announced on 9 May 2023. Geoffrey Rush will receive the Transilvania Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Among the films in the Official Competition are the Croatian/Serbian coproduction The Uncle directed by David Kapac and Andrija Mardesic, the Czech production BANGER directed by Adam Sedlák, as well as the Moldovan/Romanian coproduction Carbon by Ion Borș, which is the first Moldovan production entering the TIFF’s main competition.

    “Although the burning social themes are inevitable (class differences, inter-ethnic conflicts, migration, drug use, prostitution, etc.), the filmmakers achieve the increasingly rare performance in today’s cinema of not abusing them, creating, with an admirable economy of means, subversive stories of great impact and a sophisticated narration, whose real stakes lie elsewhere”, Mihai Chirilov, TIFF's Artistic Director, said in a statement.

    The Romanian Days (Zilele Filmului Românesc) selection is to be announced soon.

    The Transilvania International Film Festival is organised by the Association for the Promotion of Romanian Cinema and the Association Transilvania Film Festival.


    Carbon (Republic of Moldova, Romania)
    Directed by Ion Borș
    Produced by Youbesc
    Coproduced by Kantora Film Production, Pascaru Production, Maya Film Studio, Badeamic
    Supported by the National Film Center Moldova

    Stillness in the Storm (Spain)
    Directed by Alberto Gastesi

    Upon Entry (Spain)
    Directed by Alejandro Rojas, Juan Sebastián Vasquez
    Family Time (Finland)
    Directed by Tia Kuovo

    The Cake Dinasty (Denmark)
    Directed by Christian Lollike

    Charcoal (Brazil)
    Directed by Carolina Markowicz

    Like a Fish on the Moon (Iran)
    Directed by Dornaz Hajiha

    The Uncle (Croatia, Serbia)
    Directed by David Kapac, Andrija Mardesic
    Produced by Eclectica
    Coproduced by Sense Production
    Supported by the Croatian Audiovisual CentreFilm Center Serbia

    Noémie dit oui (Canada)
    Directed by Geneviève Albert

    Daughter of Rage (Nicaragua)
    Directed by Laura Baumeister

    The Barbarians (Argentina)
    Directed by Andrew Sala

    BANGER. (Czech Republic)
    Directed by Adam Sedlák
    Produced by Shore Points
    Coproduced by the Czech Television
    Supported by the Czech Film Fund

    Click HERE to see the films selected for the What's Up, Doc? competition.