Things to do in Sibiu | TIFF 2017

If you thought Sibiu is getting quiet, well…think again!

It’s that time of the year again, when movie lovers from all over the country and the world can enjoy 5 dreamy days in Sibiu, 5 days of TIFF – Transilvania International Film Festival. tiff sibiu

Started in 2002, TIFF is the first international feature film festival in Romania. During these years, TIFF has become a well-known brand in Romania, not only due to the outstanding films screened every year, but also for the effective organization, sparkling atmosphere and density of events, from seminars, workshops and panels to fabulous concerts and crazy all night long parties.

For 5 days, movie lovers will get to enjoy a selection of over 40 titles. It’s the 11th edition, and the programme sounds really promising, as always! There will be projections taking place in 4 permanent locations – The Big Square, The Gong Theatre, The Astra Film Hall in the Small Square and The Thalia Hall. And there will also be 3 special events, in 3 special locations – the Brukenthal Palace of Avrig, the Gura Raului Dam, and the lake stage of The Astra Museum, in the Dumbrava Forest.

We sure know what we’re going to do June 21st to 25th ! And if you’re not already here, you still have time to make it to Sibiu!

TIFF Sibiu 2017 launches it’s 11th edition this Wednesday night, at 10 pm, with a screening of the much-awarded “Que Dios nos perdone” directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen. The screening is happening in the Big Square, on the enormous screen installed especially for the festival. It’s a special screening, as “Que Dios nos perdone” was nominated for 6 cathegories at the Goya Awards, while Robert Alamo – the leading man – was awarded the Goya Award for Best Actor. The thriller focuses on the inspectors Velarde and Alfaro, who are trying to solve a series of murders before the Pope’s arrival in Madrid. tiff program

The first day brings 3 movies at the Gong Theatre – Rasmus Heisterberg’s “In the Blood”, Iulia Rugina’s “Breaking News” with Andi Vasluianu in the leading role, and Ulrich Seidl’s controversial “Safari”, a documentary about austrian tourists who spend their summers in Africa, killing animals. The Astra Film Hall is also going to be busy for the first day. You can see “The Rolling Stones Olé, Olé, Olé!”, a documentary about the famous’ band tour in Latin America, “Siska Deluxe” directed by Jan Cvitkovic, or “Chavela” a portrait of the famous Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, freshly arrived from the Berlinale.

If you’re looking for special screenings, then you’re in for a treat! Because this year screening will be taking place in a new location, also – the amazing Brukenthal Palace of Avrig. Friday, the 23rd at 10 pm, you’re all invited to the Bel Etage, the area at the main entrance of the Summer Palace. You’ll get to see a great comedy, already viewed by more than 4.5 million frenchmen.”R.A.I.D Dingue” is directed by the famous Dany Boone, and tells the tale of the first woman ever accepted in the elite R.A.I.D squad, as she faces a very difficult mission – handling her ultra misoginistic partner while at the same time trying to stop a mob group.tiff program 2

And if you like to laugh, Saturday you can do it again, this time at the Gura Raului Dam. “Cabbage, Potatoes and other Demons”, or, funnier, “Varza, cartofi si alti demoni” is Serban Georgescu’s most recent pride and joy. Awarded with the Best Documentary title at the 2017 UCIN, it centers around the village of Lunguletu – a village with 1000 tractors and 100.000 tons of potatoes and cabbage, with which the villagers have no clue what to do. The screening begins at 9:45 pm, but it’s preceeded at 6 pm by a lovely picnic. This way, viewers will get to enjoy the area’s fresh air, and localy produced delicacies, while at the same time grooving to the jams of DJ Coralie de Gonzaga.

The last of this year’s special projections will take place on the lake stage of the Astra Village Museum. Sunday, at 10 pm, you’ll get to see Peter Brosens’s “King of the Belgians” – a story about a stranded king, trying to get back home from Istanbul, to deal with it’s country’s crisis.

Of course, the festival has a very rich agenda, too rich for us to encompass in one single article.

But keep in mind that there will be daily projections happening in the Big Square, at 10 pm, and entrance is free for all of them. The Gong Theatre will hold 3 projections daily, at 6, 8 and 10 pm, while at the Astra Film Hall the screenings will be held at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 pm each day. A new addition to TIFF’s locations, the Thalia Hall will hold 2 screenings a day, at 5:30 and 8:15 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And it’s Friday, Saturday and Sunday that the little ones will get to enjoy their own film festival! The EducaTIFF project comes with special screenings for children, for which entrance is free, at the Astra Film Hall, each day at 11 am.  Tickets for this year’s edition can be purchased from the Big Square InfoPoint, open daily between 10 am and 10 pm, and from all of the projection locations.

And because 5 days is a long time to be in Sibiu, you’ll have plenty of time to try some of the cool restaurants and locations featured on Travelscounter Venues. You can make reservations for any of them, and you get 10,15 or even 20% discount off your bill!

So, we’ll see you at TIFF! Make sure to go ahead and make some nice memories in Sibiu!

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