Graffiti in Bucharest

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Radu Mihaileanu – the director of destinies

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A few years ago, I started to see “Train de vie” (“The train of life”) without knowing anything about its directing or acting. From the beginning, first five minutes, I have the feeling of something “Romanian”, then Romanian actors enter  the scene, so the feeling is confirmed.

“Train de vie”, directed by Radu Mihaileanu, is actually a production by France, Belgium, Netherlands, Israel and Romania.

A tragicomedy film having in centre the story Schlomo … a story during The Second World War … an entirely European Jewish village trying to escape the Holocaust … for that, some of them pretend to be Nazis … and from here the comedy in a tragic situation. One of the masterpiece moments of the movie … the meeting between the Jewish and Gypsies found in the same condition … a dance ensemble showing the richness of two different cultures joined through music.

And so, starting from this film, I wanted to find more about the Romanian name, Radu Mihaileanu. He is actually a French film director and screen player of Jewish origin, born in 1958 in Bucharest, Romania. In 1980, in the communist period, he left Romania going to Israel and from there in France for study at  the IDHEC cinematographic institute in Paris.

“Va, vie et deviens” (“Live and become”) was the next movie of Radu Mihaileanu I saw, a movie distinguished with the Most Popular International Film at Vancouver Festival in 2005 and with a Cesar Prize for screen in 2006. A profound film that tells the story of a Christian Ethiopian boy saved and raised by a Jewish woman, a character permanently confronted with the secrets of his origins and the pain of leaving his birth mother.

The biggest public success was achieved by Radu Mihaileanu in 2009 with “Le concert” (“The concert”). The show is placed in the prestigious Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, sustained by an orchestra composed by Jewish and Gypsy musicians conducted by a former world-famous conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre, in the back of all this the tragic story of the origins of Anne-Marie, a great violin interpret.

I won’t say much about his last comedy, “La source des Femmes” (“The Source”), you must see it!

So, go see the movies of Radu Mihaileanu, a director with Jewish origin, eastern experience, western education and maybe for that, with an amazing variety of situations in his brilliant compositions: „Trahir” (1993), “Bonjour Antoine” (1997), “Train de vie” (1998), “Les pygmees de Carlo” (2002), “Va,vie et deviens” (2005), “Le Concert” (2009), “La Source des Femmes” (2011).

photo: paginadefilm.com, blogspot.com, avaxhome.ws, decitre.fr, apprentice.ro

Angela Tomaselli – Just Intro

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contemporary Romanian painter

born November 5, 1943 in Brezoi, Valcea, Romania

1961-1967 – “Nicolae Grigorescu” Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest

International exhibitions: Italy (Roma), Germany (Koblenz, Berlin), Belgium (Bruxelles, Hane), France (Paris), Spain (Madrid), Sweden (Stockholm)

www.angelatomaselli.ro

Manuel Pelmus – Just Intro

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Romanian Choreographer

awarded “Berlin Art Prize 2012 – Performing Arts” offered by the Academy of Arts Berlin and the City of Berlin, on 18 March 2012 in the presence of the Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit

at only 37 ans, a prize for artistic achievements

born 1974, Bucharest

“Floria Capsali” Dance School, Bucharest

State Dance School, Hamburg

his projects have been presented internationally in theatres, alternative places, galleries or festivals such as Tanz im August Berlin, TanzQuartier Wien, De Singel Antwerp or Judson Church New York

his works, such as “Outcome“, “Punct Fix“, “Still Lives” (by Schad, Pocheron, Gies and Pelmus) and “Preview“, have been presented in well-known festivals all over Europe and the United States

2007 – the solo “Preview” was nominated in Ballettanz International as “most important production of the season

2011 – he founded Caminul Cultural together with Farid Fairuz and Brynjar Bandlien, a project supported by ERSTE Foundation

(http://www.caminulcultural.ro/home.html)

photo: samplingbucharest.ro

Stefan Caltia – Just Intro

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contemporary Romanian painter

born May 15, 1942 in Brasov, Romania

Arts and Music high school in Timişoara (Julius Podlipny as a teacher)

Nicolae Grigorescu Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest (Corneliu Baba as a teacher)

International exhibitions in Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Unite States, Israel, Sweden

professor and chancellor at the National University of Fine Arts, Bucharest

his works have been acquired by: Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway; Museum of Fantastic Arts in Gruyère, Switzerland

photo: blogspot.com, phpnet.us, musetouch.net

Diana Dondoe – Just Intro

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Romanian model

born 22 December, 1982

discovered in Bucharest by Giani Portmann

debut, 1992: spring Prada, Balenciaga; Miu Miu, Milan and Paris

2003: featured on the cover of French Vogue (Nov) and Japanese Vogue (Dec)

2004: featured on her second cover of French Vogue (Apr); face of Chanel accesories

2005 : face of Oscar de la Renta and Jean Paul Gautier; featured on the cover of Spanish Vogue (Oct); editorials in French Vogue, she posed for the Pirelli Calendar

2008: appears in editorials in French Vogue editorials (Sept, Nov), Italian Vogue (Oct) and Spanish Vogue (May)

2009: she appeared in the fashion documentary “Picture Me: A Model’s Diary”

2012: 5th place in Top 50 models women worldwide (models.com)

photo: vogue.com, blogspot.com

Pisica Patrata (The Square Cat) – Just Intro

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Alexandru Ciubotariu 
known as Pisica Patrata (The Square Cat) or Ciubi
street-artist in Bucharest
also painting, animation, urban toys, cartoons, illustration
photo: www.undergroundbd.blogspot.com   (CiuBlogTariu)