Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival: Handle with care

Issue #12 will run from September 27th to October 2nd.

Arrived at the12th edition, Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival renegotiates its space in the calendar of domestic cultural events, continuing to explore and promote innovative experiments, through a wide selection of short and feature films premiered in Romania. Between September 27 and October 2the event dedicated to new forms of artistic language exploration brings some of the year’s most challenging cinematic experiments to Elvire Popesco Cinema, Cinematheque Eforie and National Museum of Contemporary Art.

The curatorial proposal of the 2022 edition, presented under the title Handle with care, discusses the state of fragile balance – defining for the historical moment we are going through, through the more than 70 cinematographic works included in the selection, which boldly explore the limits of the cinematic language. Among the surprises this year is the premiere screening in Romania The Structure of the Human Bodythe mesmerizing documentary presented in the Quinzaine des Realisateurs section of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

For the first time in the festival’s history, this year’s edition will include a new competition section dedicated to feature films made by filmmakers who are on their first or second feature film career. The new section brings together 7 films that have distinguished themselves in the last year on the festival circuit through innovative formal approaches that explore new possibilities of expression of the cinematic language.

Subscriptions BIEFF.12which provides unlimited access to all screenings and events in the edition’s program, have gone on sale and are available starting today on platforma Eventbook.

An intersection of innovation and total freedom of artistic expression, BIEFF continues its mission to promote unique perspectives on topics relevant to the context we are traversing, building a safe space for debate and dialogue. The theme that will define the festival experience in 2022 centers on the notion of care understood as the binder for the social and natural, political and cultural fractures and ruptures facing humanity today. Care in response to concern – care for the other, but also for ourselves, care for future generations, care for all living beings.

Handle with care invites reflection on the way we live, on the values ​​that govern the communities and societies we belong to, but also on the ways in which we can re-imagine the world around us and our interactions with those and what surrounds us in a more sustainable manner and more inclusive, with care and respect for otherness.

The Structure of the Human Body – face to face with the otherness of our own bodies

From the multi-award winning creators of films such as cannibal (2017) or Leviathan (2012), the documentary premieres on the big screen in Romania Of the Structure of the Human Body – a stunning cinematic expedition into the human body, featured in this year’s Cannes Film Festival selection. 5 centuries since, in the name of science, the anatomist André Vésale opened the human body for the first time, directors Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor use video footage captured through ultra-modern medical technology to give us a spectacular view from the inside on the functioning of the human body.

“Removing the mystery surrounding the machine that contains our spirit raises the involvement of both the surgeon and the creators of the film to a transcendental level,” IndieWire emphasizes, in a welcome chronicle dedicated to the film. Analyzed in depth, the matter from which we are created becomes, in the film, a spectacular painting, whose existence we become aware of only through observation.

The Structure of the Human Body will have a special screening at the closing of the 12th edition of the Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, on Sunday, October 2.

The 12th edition of the Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival is organized by the Manekino Cultural Association in partnership with PRINTOR COM.

Project co-financed by Bucharest City Hall through ARCUB within the “Affective Bucharest” 2022 Program.


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