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Profusion Scholarship - 27 October 2016

Romanian Film Festival 2016

 

Each year the ROMANIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN LONDON offers, through the good offices of its organiser PROFUSION INTERNATIONAL, an award to students drawn from the Romanian diaspora in the United Kingdom. The qualifications are simple. The recipient should, permanently or temporarily, be resident in Britain, and he or she should be a student of the visual arts, especially in the field of cinema. Our practice is to leave applications open as long as possible, so there is still time to apply for the film festival in November 2016. A brief CV and a brief statement backing up your claim to the scholarship is all that is required. All communications should be addressed to Ms R Mitrica, Director, PROFUSION – mail@profusion.org.uk

www.rofilmfest.com

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The 13th ROMANIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN LONDON: TOGETHER AND APART - 20 October 2016

10 – 14 November 2016, Curzon Soho Cinema
(99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5DY)
www.rofilmfest.com 

TOGETHER AND APART is a phrase which may describe the relationship between two partners as they twist and twirl through the intimate movements of a dance. The phrase may also speak to the condition of the Romanian diaspora, divided by distance, united by history and family ties. Most powerfully, though, the phrase hints at the relationship between nationalities, you and me, separated

by time and space, but bound together by our fears and hopes for the future.

The Romanian Film Festival in London (RFF) features a glittering and stimulating array of titles. Very popular and talented actors Adrian Titieni, Alexandru Papadopol, Ana Ciontea and Vlad Ivanov will come from Bucharest in order to join us for the UK premieres of the latest Romanian films.

Thu 10 Nov - Opening Gala, 6.10pm, Screen 1, Curzon Soho
GRADUATION (d. Cristian Mungiu)
Followed by Q&A with lead actor Adrian Titieni, hosted by writer Ian Haydn Smith
Tickets: http://www.curzoncinemas.com/rff/graduation

Fri 11 Nov, 6.40pm, Screen 3, Curzon Soho
ILLEGITIMATE (d. Adrian Sitaru)
UK premiere followed by Q&A with lead actor Adrian Titieni, hosted by writer Ian Haydn Smith
Tickets: http://www.curzoncinemas.com/rff/illegitimate

Sat 12 Nov, 6.20pm, Screen 3, Curzon Soho
DOGS (d. Bogdan Mirica)
UK premiere followed by Q&A with lead actor Vlad Ivanov, hosted by screen writer Mike Phillips
Tickets: http://www.curzoncinemas.com/rff/dogs

Sun 13 Nov, 3.20pm, Screen 3, Curzon Soho
STUFF AND DOUGH (d. Cristi Puiu)
Followed by Q&A with lead actor Alexandru Papadopol, hosted by writer Ian Haydn Smith
Tickets: http://www.curzoncinemas.com/rff/stuffanddough

Sun 13 Nov, 6.20pm, Screen 3, Curzon Soho
BACK HOME (d. Andrei Cohn)
UK premiere followed by Q&A with lead actor Alexandru Papadopol, hosted by writer Ian Haydn Smith
Tickets: http://www.curzoncinemas.com/rff/backhome

Mon 14 Nov – Closing Gala, 7.00pm, Screen 1, Curzon Soho
SIERANEVADA (d. Cristi Puiu)
UK premiere followed by Q&A with lead actress Ana Ciontea, hosted by writer Ian Haydn Smith
Tickets: http://www.curzoncinemas.com/rff/sieranervada
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All films are in Romanian with English subtitles.
Tickets:
www.curzoncinemas.com/rff ; Box Office: 0330 500 1331
Curzon Cinemas is London’s leading arthouse cinema chain with six venues across the capital.
Address: 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5DY; Nearest tube: Leicester Square

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The Romanian Film Festival in London is a not-for-profit enterprise, functioning with the help of grants and sponsorship from friends and supporters. RFF is organised by Profusion International Creative Consultancy (www.profusion.org.uk), in partnership with The National Centre of Cinematography in Romania and Curzon Cinemas. Supported by The Department for Romanians Abroad (DPRRP).
Acest proiect este realizat cu sprijinul Ministerului Afacerilor Externe – Departamentul Politici pentru Relaţia cu Românii de Pretutindeni.
Special thanks: ROMANi-ONLiNE.co.uk, Albinuta.co.uk, GHiDUL ROMANESC, The Romanian Filmmakers Union (UCIN), Traduceri Autorizate, Profusion Romania
Festival Team: Ramona Mitrica – festival director, Mike Phillips – festival consultant, Alina Salcudeanu – international advisor, Dan Mitrica – webmaster, Laura Lazar – advertising, Eugen Androne – logistics, Mihai Risnoveanu, Kwesi Phillips – media

www.rofilmfest.com 
press@rofilmfest.com
Facebook.com/RoFilmFest
Find us on Twitter @RomanianFilmLDN
Vimeo.com/RoFilmFest
Tel. +44 7456 542570

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Novelist Augustin Buzura speaking about “Report on the State of Loneliness” - 16 October 2016

“Report on the State of Loneliness” marks a concluding moment in Augustin Buzura’s great series of novels about the Central European social and political landscape. He explores, without reserve, over more than 70 years, its clashes of nationalisms, its cruelty and militaristic savagery, its loves and romantic fantasies, its peasant transformations, its desperate longing for European significance, and much, much more. All this is seen through the eyes of individuals, naïve and sophisticated, ignorant and learned, spiritually pure and downright evil. (Mike Phillips - Introduction)

Profusion (London, 2016), ISBN-13: 978-0956867643
Translated from the Romanian by Ramona Mitrica, Mike Phillips and Mihai Risnoveanu

All Profusion books are available in paperback from Profusion.org.uk and Amazon.co.uk , as well as Kindle e-books. Books are available in Romania as well, from ‘Anthony Frost’ English bookshop in Bucharest (www.anthonyfrost.ro). Books can also be purchased by cheque. Send an e-mail at mail@profusion.org.uk for details.

Profusion list:
“Report on the State of Loneliness” by Augustin Buzura
“Attack in the Library” by George Arion
“Rimaru - Butcher of Bucharest” by Mike Phillips and Stejarel Olaru
“The Innocent and Collateral Victims of a Bloody War with Russia” by Liviu Antonesei
“Greuceanu – Novel with a Policeman” by Stelian Turlea
“Kill the General” by Bogdan Hrib
“Anatomical Clues” by Oana Stoica-Mujea

www.profusion.org.uk
Facebook.com/ProfusionBooks
mail@profusion.org.uk
Find us on Twitter @ProfusionBooks

 

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Sunday Times – Pick of the day: Andrew Marr’s 'Sleuths, Spies & Sorcerers': ”Most strikingly he speaks to Mike Phillips about his black private eye, Sam Dean...” - 16 October 2016

Watch Profusion Books co-director and translator, author Mike Phillips on BBC Four, Mon 17 Oct 2016 at 21:00

Mike Phillips is best known for his crime fiction, including four novels featuring black journalist Sam Dean: Blood Rights (1989), which was adapted for BBC television, The Late Candidate (1990), winner of the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger Award, Point of Darkness (1994) and An Image to Die For (1995). Subsequent novels are The Dancing Face (1998), A Shadow of Myself (2000) and The Name You Once Gave Me (2006). Non fiction works are Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Racial Britain (1998), and London Crossings: A Biography of Black Britain (2001). Recently he has written, translated and published a number of East European works.

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“Report on the State of Loneliness” marks a concluding moment in Augustin Buzura’s great series of novels about the Central European social and political landscape. - 14 October 2016

He explores, without reserve, over more than 70 years, its clashes of nationalisms, its cruelty and militaristic savagery, its loves and romantic fantasies, its peasant transformations, its desperate longing for European significance, and much, much more. All this is seen through the eyes of individuals, naïve and sophisticated, ignorant and learned, spiritually pure and downright evil. (Mike Phillips - Introduction)

ISBN-13: 978-0956867643

Available in paperback, as well as Kindle e-book.

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Watch Profusion Books co-director and translator, author Mike Phillips, in documentary “Sleuths, Spies & Sorcerers”. - 10 October 2016

BBC Four, Mon 17 Oct 2016 at 21:00

Andrew Marr investigates detective fiction, and reveals how it works.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p040pvpp

Mike Phillips is best known for his crime fiction, including four novels featuring black journalist Sam Dean: Blood Rights (1989), which was adapted for BBC television, The Late Candidate (1990), winner of the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger Award, Point of Darkness (1994) and An Image to Die For (1995). Subsequent novels are The Dancing Face (1998), A Shadow of Myself (2000) and The Name You Once Gave Me (2006). Non fiction works are Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Racial Britain (1998), and London Crossings: A Biography of Black Britain (2001). Recently he has written, translated and published a number of East European works.

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Romanian thriller from Profusion Books spotted in Waterstone’s Gower St Bloomsbury London - treat yourself on Bookshop Day! 'Kill the General' by Bogdan Hrib - 09 October 2016

'Kill the General' by Bogdan Hrib in Waterstone

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Happy International Translation Day! - 01 October 2016

 translated books

A growing list of English translations at Profusion

This is an announcement relaunching our list of translated books which have been published recently. They consist of popular novels and non fiction, augmented by one important European classic and this list represents a new push into the market for Central and East European fiction.

In the last few years a number of commercial opportunities have opened up for these books. Firstly, the growing population of East European readers have had little or no attention in the market, and while academics and others are able to find various classic texts in (a few) specialist libraries, there has been little or nothing available to the growing band of schoolchildren, learners of English and casual readers. Secondly, there is an increasing interest among genre readers who might wish to expand their knowledge of European fiction in their particular field. Finally, there has been a growing attention to books which can illuminate the personality of various European nationalities, especially in Scandanavia and the East.  

When we started publishing under the name Profusion, in 2011, our aim was to bring aspects of East European literary culture, hitherto unknown in Britain, to the attention of the reading public. This was because most publications from the region were, more or less, “highbrow”, while popular stories and genres such as crime fiction tended to go unnoticed. Our list of books and authors is therefore a factor in increasing knowledge throughout Europe about the life and prospects of ordinary men and women in the region.

Profusion list:
“Report on the State of Loneliness” by Augustin Buzura
“Attack in the Library” by George Arion
“Rimaru - Butcher of Bucharest” by Mike Phillips and Stejarel Olaru
“The Innocent and Collateral Victims of a Bloody War with Russia” by Liviu Antonesei
“Greuceanu – Novel with a Policeman” by Stelian Turlea
“Kill the General” by Bogdan Hrib
“Anatomical Clues” by Oana Stoica-Mujea

All Profusion books are available in paperback from Profusion.org.uk and Amazon.co.uk , as well as Kindle e-books. Books are available in Romania as well, from ‘Anthony Frost’ English bookshop in Bucharest (www.anthonyfrost.ro). Books can also be purchased by cheque. Send an e-mail at mail@profusion.org.uk for details.

 

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Now on the shelf at Owl Bookshop - 07 September 2016

Now on the shelf at Owl Bookshop, 207-209 Kentish Town Rd, London NW5 2JU
"Report on the State of Loneliness" by Augustin Buzura

 

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Profusion Books launches first translation in English of Augustin Buzura’s “Report on the State of Loneliness” - 28 April 2016

Profusion Books launched the first translation in English of Augustin Buzura’s “Report on the State of Loneliness”, on 18 April 2016 in London, at Level39, Canary Wharf, with the kind support of Sir George Iacobescu.

Augustin Buzura is one of the best-loved and respected Romanian authors, with a career as a journalist, novelist, and cultural manager spanning more than fifty years, and “Report on the State of Loneliness” is his first novel published in the United Kingdom.

The book was introduced by Dr Mike Phillips OBE, Profusion director, accompanied by his fellow director, Ramona Mitrica, who told the audience about the days when, as a young graduate, she worked as Buzura’s assistant. Due to health issues, the author himself was unable to travel to London, but his daughter Ada Buzura, who came in his place, spoke affectingly, about his reputation, his work and about growing up in a ‘house of whispers’.

Distinguished London based Romanian actors, Annamaria Marinca (Meg Mathias in the Welsh TV drama Hinterland), and Gabriel Constantin (Monsieur Philippe in the forthcoming TV series Victoria), then read extracts from the book. Among the guests were Sir George Iacobescu CBE, CEO of Canary Wharf, architect Serban Cantacuzino CBE and poet Alan Brownjohn FRSL.

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“Report on the State of Loneliness”
Paperback, 520 pages
Profusion (London, April 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-0956867643; ISBN-10: 0956867642
Translated from the Romanian by Ramona Mitrica, Mike Phillips and Mihai Risnoveanu

The book is on sale from Profusion http://bit.ly/1XOvvti or Amazon http://amzn.to/1SqqKlZ

Buzura is the pre-eminent novelist of contemporary Romanian writing, publishing several novels, editing magazines and engaging in literary tours and partnerships during a period from 1963 to the present day. Throughout those years he was engaged in a number of dangerous and difficult confrontations with the authorities, and after 1989, his confrontations with official opinion continued, morphing into passionate satires on the state of his region throughout its history. The novel “Report on the State of Loneliness” (Raport asupra singurătății) is a series of interlocking stories about the last hundred years of Transylvanian history, interspersed with the author’s reflections on identity and the approach of death. In part a lively political satire, in part a meditation on his own life, in part a passionate exploration of Balkan history, Report is a fascinating and illuminating read.

For information, send an e-mail to mail@profusion.org.uk 
www.profusion.org.uk


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