Romanian Cultural Season announced for Edinburgh this October
- Henry Northmore
- 7 October 2015
Highlights include film season picked by Mark Cousins, authors James Meek and Dan Lungu and Vampirology club night from Balkanarama
The Romanian Cultural Institute has announced a week of events (running from 10–17 Oct) across Edinburgh to highlight theatre, art, music, literature and film from the Eastern European country. The festival opens with the Demarco European Art Foundation opening its vaults, exhibiting a selection of Romanian art at Summerhall (from 10–30 Oct) and with a free classical concert as violinist Remus Azoitei and pianist Eduard Stan perform works by George Enescu (Playfair Library, Mon 12 Oct).
Noted film scholar Mark Cousins has handpicked a programme of movies including Aferim! (Filmhouse, Wed 14 Oct), which will be followed by a Skype Q&A with director Radu Jude, and 1973's Stone Wedding (Summerhall, Thu 15 Oct) followed by a Skype Q&A with director Dan Pitta.
Other highlights include writer James Meek in conversation with Dan Lungu (Scottish Storytelling Centre, Tue 13 Oct); Balkan-style club night Vampirology and ends with one woman play A Woman For All Seasons (Pleasance One, Sat 17 Oct) starring Amalia Ciolan and produced by the National Theatre in Bucharest.
Mark Cousins' full programme of films as follows:
Aferim! (Radu Jude, 2015)
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu, 2005)
The Stone Wedding (Dan Pita and Mircea Veroiu, 1973)
Operation Monster (Manole Marcus, 1976)
Fleeting Lovers (Malvina Ursianu, 1974)
A Brief History (Ion Popescu-Gopo, 1957)
Romanian Cultural Days in Edinburgh, various venues, 10–17 October.