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CONSTANTA: Record participation at the first edition of the Sunscreen Film & Arts Festival

Between September 8 and 11, Constanța was the host of the first edition of the Sunscreen Film & Arts Festival, which brought 30 events to the seaside – films, dinner-concerts and concerts – as well as dozens of special guests. More than 10,000 people from Constanta and tourists participated in the festival, which took place in Ovidiu Square, at the “Jean Constantin” Multifunctional Educational Center for Youth, at the Soveja Summer Theater, on Reyna beach and at the Studio Hall of the Constanța State Theater.

Sunscreen Film & Arts Festival was an event funded by Constanța City Hall, through the Department of Culture, Education, Sports, Tourism and organized by Transilvania Film and Transilvania Film Festival Association, in partnership with Constanța County Council, Constanța State Theater and the Cultural Center “Teodor T. Burada”.

The film screenings in Piața Ovidiu gathered the most spectators. The first episode of the “Clan” series was watched by 1500 people on the evening of September 8, in the presence of actors Marian Olteanu, Șerban Pavlu, Codin Maticiuc, Cătălina Grama, Constantin Dogioiu, George Ivașcu, Cătălin Nicolau, Segiu Costache and Răzvan Oprea. The preview screening of the movie “Teambuilding” on September 9 gathered in front of the screen more than 2000 spectators, excited to watch this comedy with director and producer Matei Dima, director and screenwriter Alex Coteț, actors Roxana Condurache, Șerban Pavlu, Nicu Banea, Marian Andriescu, Cristi Pulhac and Andra Axintoi.

The events in Piața Ovidiu ended spectacularly on Sunday, September 11, with a Corina Chiriac recital, which brought the audience to its feet, and the preview of the film “Mirciulică” (participated by Mircea Bravo, the director Cristian Ilișuan, the protagonists Cătălin Herlo, Adrian Cucu and Moldovan sloth known as Bunica din Chinteni). 2500 people spent Sunday evening in Ovidiu Square.

On Saturday, September 10, the audience met the festival’s special guest, actor Darko Perić, at the “Jean Constantin” Educational Multifunctional Center for Youth. He talked to the audience and participated in the screening of the short film “Patria” (dir. Alejandro Lobo). The evening continued with an impressive dinner-concert – “Nosferatu”. The 1922 film was accompanied live by 27 artists from Constanta, with the participation of soprano Mihaela Maxim, baritone Cătălin Petrescu and bass Iustinian Zetea, to the original music composed by Simona Strungaru, who also conducted the concert.

The most popular Romanian films shown in cinemas were “Capra cu Trei Ezi”, directed by Victor Canache, starring Maia Morgenstern and Marius Bodochi (which won the Audience Award at TIFF 2022), and “Weddings, Baptisms, Funerals “, directed by Alexandru Lustig. Sunscreen Film & Arts Festival also brought to the screens the most anticipated international films of the year such as “Ticket to Paradise”, “3000 Years of Desire” or “The Biggest Boss”. The audience also enjoyed the Sunscreen concerts at the Soveja Summer Theatre, performed by Oscar, Yakki, Jean Gavril and The Turbans.

The festival also included a component dedicated to actors from Constanța. Actor Darko Perić, director Tudor Giurgiu and casting director Viorica Capdefier held workshops for industry professionals at the Faculty of Arts of Ovidius University.

More details: www.sunscreenfestival.ro

Online editor – D. Sîrbu / Photo – Constanta City Hall

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