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The Profusion Scholarship Scheme: - 02 December 2015

We are happy to announce the winner of the 2015 Profusion Scholarship, which is awarded every year during the Romanian Film Festival. The aim of the Profusion scholarship is to contribute to the development of emerging film makers with a Romanian background. It promotes films based on the diasporic experience and encourages the development of young film makers from the diaspora. The first scholarships were awarded to the young Romanian cinematographer Simona Susnea (2013), and to London-based Romanian film maker Maria Chiriac (2014).

The 2015 winner is Cristian Havrincea, a documentary filmmaker and camera journalist who graduated MA Screen Documentary from Goldsmiths College (2013) and BA (Hons) Media Studies from the University of West London (2012). He has recently directed and produced Nobody’s People, a short documentary which represents the Park Lane homeless phenomenon outside of the usual stereotypes. As a UK resident for more than a decade, Cristian’s focus mainly has depicted the challenges faced by those who were trying to build a new life away from their home countries. Through his work in film and for different media outlets from around the world, Cristian has always been a great promoter of Romanian values.

The Profusion Scholarship Scheme is run by Profusion International, the organisers of The Romanian Film Festival in London (RFF). Profusion is an independent organisation, a small group of passionate and dedicated individuals committed to providing an amazing display of Romanian films in the UK. RFF is a not- for-profit enterprise, functioning with the help of grants and sponsorship from numerous friends and supporters.

The 2015 Profusion Scholarship is funded in partnership with Lebara Play, the new entertainment service from Lebara.

Film fans can get 50% discount on their first month’s subscription to Lebara Play. Watch recent blockbusters including De ce eu?*, alongside movie classics such as Nea Marin Miliardar and Mihai Viteazul, streamed in HD-quality to your smartphone, computer or tablet.

Subscription packages start from £4.99. Visit https://play.lebara.com for more details.

Download the Lebara Play app for free from iTunes App Store and Google Play.

*UK premiere during the Romanian Film Festival in London

Friday 4 Dec: Why Me ?/ De ce eu?

Q&A with actress Andreea Vasile

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We're very proud to share our 2015 festival trailer - 21 November 2015

 https://vimeo.com/rofilmfest/unfinishedhistories Unfinished Histories: The 12th Romanian Film Festival in London

Mon 30 Nov – Sun 6 Dec 2015 Tickets Curzon Soho: http://www.curzoncinemas.com/rff Bookings EBRD Connected event: http://www.ebrd.com/news/events/morometii-film-screening.html  

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“MOROMETII” - Romanian classic film starring Victor Rebengiuc - 18 November 2015

As part of the Romanian Film Festival in London, you are cordially invited to a showing of “Morometii” (“The Moromete Family” – 1988), a film adaptation of a modern classic of Romanian literature. This is the tale of a peasant family between the wars whose way of life will be doomed by the onslaught of WWII and the imposition of communism. Romanian stage and screen actor Victor Rebengiuc will attend and participate in a Q&A session with the audience after the film. 

Tea and coffee will be served from 17.00 in advance of the film which will begin punctually at 18.00 in the Auditorium. Afterwards, there will be time for a brief discussion with Mr. Rebengiuc, followed by a reception. 

When
Monday 30 November 2015 

Where
EBRD, One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN

Admission is free. EBRD staff members need not register; external guests will though have to register online by Thursday 26 November. 

Register for your FREE ticket here: 
http://www.ebrd.com/news/events/morometii-film-screening.html 

Please note that all guests must bring a form of identification and may be subject to a random bag search.
For more information about the EBRD events, including how to get to the venue, please see our FAQs

The Romanian Film Festival in London is organised by Profusion International Creative Consultancy, in partnership with The National Centre of Cinematography in Romania and Curzon Cinemas.
Supported by The Department for Romanians Abroad (DPRRP), The Romanian Filmmakers Union (UCIN), Levenes Solicitors, EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), ROMANi-ONLiNE.co.uk, Albinuta.co.uk, Blue Air, TibTrans and Traduceri Autorizate.


www.rofilmfest.com ; Tel. +44 (0)7787134047; E-mail: press@rofilmfest.com

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Curzon Cinemas Magazine (Nov-Dec 2015) - 09 November 2015

Curzon Cinemas Magazine (Nov-Dec 2015)

Curzon Cinemas Magazine (Nov-Dec 2015) showing an excellent spread dedicated to the 12th Romanian Film Festival in London
Booking lines are now open: http://www.curzoncinemas.com/rff

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RFF is back! - 20 October 2015

 

UNFINISHED HISTORIES:
The 12th Romanian Film Festival in London
  Mon 30 Nov - Sun 6 Dec 2015

Screenings will take place at:

• Curzon Soho (99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5DY) between Thu 3 - Sun 6 December 2015

• EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development - One Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN) on Mon 30 November 2015

The Romanian Film Festival in London is organised by Profusion International Creative Consultancy, in partnership with The National Centre of Cinematography in Romania and Curzon Cinemas. Supported by The Department for Romanians Abroad (DPRRP), The Romanian Filmmaker’s Union (UCIN), Levenes Solicitors, EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), ROMANi-ONLiNE.co.uk

 
Save the dates! Join the festival Facebook page http://facebook.com/RoFilmFest for some great news, competitions and prizes, your chance to meet the top actors and directors invited, and more!

FULL PROGRAMME TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON.
www.rofilmfest.com; Tel. +44 (0)7787134047; E-mail:press@rofilmfest.com

 

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Mike Ripley about ‘Greuceanu-Novel With A Policeman’ in Shotsmag: - 05 April 2015
 Greuceanu-Novel With A Policeman

Fairy Tale

“Until recently my knowledge of Romania was limited to the time when under Imperial Rome it was known as Felix Dacia – or ‘Happy Dacia’, though I suspect the epithet ‘happy’ applied more to the Roman rulers than the local population.

However, I think I have more than trebled my understanding of modern Romania thanks to a fairy tale in the form of a crime novel. In fact Greuceanu-Novel With A Policeman, now smoothly translated and published here by Profusion Gold, is author Stelian Turlea’s re-working of a classic Romanian fairy tale, transposing the story of ogres and damsels-in-distress to a small provincial town in the grip of diamond-smuggling gangsters.

As in all the best fairy tales, the brave hero (in this case a humble policeman rather than a Prince Charming) defeats the baddies and gets the girl and although it’s a happy ending, Stelian Turlea doesn’t pull his punches when it comes to describing the grim side of a modern Romania still suffering a hangover from a ruthless socialist dictatorship and now enjoying the benefits of capitalist organised crime.

I am sure I will have missed most of the direct analogies to present-day Romanian politics and culture, but the editors wisely provide some fascinating footnotes, from which I learned a lot, including a few useful words in Romanian. I will make a point the next the subject of the Ottoman Empire crops up in polite conversation to slip in the word ‘sictir’ (from the Turkish ‘sikdir’) just to see what reaction I get.”

http://www.shotsmag.co.uk/column_view.aspx?COLUMNIST_ID=1

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Cu Ramona Mitrică la Digi24 TV - 23 February 2015

Ramona Mitrică la Digi24 TV, povestind despre Festivalul de Film Românesc de la Londra (www.rofilmfest.com) și despre cărțile românești traduse în limba engleză și publicate la Editura Profusion (www.profusion.org.uk). 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc0PW1sN3Aw

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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. - 12 February 2015

Dear Friends,

We’re writing to inform you about our growing list of English translations at Profusion publishing house.

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.

The founders and directors of Profusion areMike Phillips and Ramona Mitrica. Ramona is a former Romanian diplomat, now a British citizen and based in London. Mike is an English novelist and screenwriter, whose publications include “Windrush: the irresistible rise of multi-racial Britain”(HarperCollins), the BBC TV series “Blood Rights”, adapted from his novel of the same name, and, more recently, the true crime story, “Rimaru - Butcher of Bucharest”.


If interested, please find the Profusion list below. You can order our books through Amazon, Gardners, Bertrams, or through the Profusion web site directly:
www.profusion.org.uk For any further details, please write to us on mail@profusion.org.uk
All our books are available in paperback, as well as Kindle e-books. Books are available in Romania as well, from “Anthony Frost English Bookshop” in Bucharest (
www.anthonyfrost.ro).

Enjoy the read! Many thanks,
Ramona Mitrica and Mike Phillips,
Profusion Directors  

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Profusion list:

Profusion Crime Series – Fiction, Non-Fiction, 2011-2012:
“Attack in the Library” by George Arion
“Kill the General” by Bogdan Hrib
“Anatomical Clues” by Oana Stoica-Mujea
“Rimaru - Butcher of Bucharest” by Mike Phillips and Stejarel Olaru

Profusion Gold Series – Fiction, 2014-2015:
“The Innocent and Collateral Victims of a Bloody War with Russia” by Liviu Antonesei
“Greuceanu – Novel with a Policeman” by Stelian Turlea
“Report on the State of Loneliness” by Augustin Buzura (coming soon)

“Attack in the Library” by George Arion, one of the classic narratives of Romanian crime fiction, was written during the dictatorship of the 1980s in the finest Noir tradition. “I loved this book. Dry, snappy, absurdist wit... the colossal, surreal stupidity of totalitarianism.” (Patrick McGuinness - author, The Last Hundred Days - Man Booker Prize Longlist)
ISBN-13: 978-0956867612

“Kill the General” by Bogdan Hrib, an exciting and suspenseful thriller, takes you on a rollercoaster ride through the last decades in Romanian history. “...a good read offering an insight into a country that remains mysterious to many of us.” (Julian Cole - The Press, York)
ISBN-13: 978-0956867605

“Anatomical Clues” by Oana Stoica-Mujea features Iolanda, a crime-fighting heroine unique in the landscape of Romanian literature: mad, bad and dangerous to know. “...a gripping tale, which, like Iolanda, will creep into your head and stay there.” (Mike Phillips - author, CWA Silver Dagger winner)
ISBN-13: 978-0956867629

“Rimaru - Butcher of Bucharest” by Mike Phillips and Stejarel Olaru is a social review of Romania in the ‘70s, with a serial killer’s story as a central focus. “... a fascinating read that frames a factual account of the crimes within their social environment, while examining their impact on the culture, and their lingering legacy in the present day.” (George Nott - Enfield INDEPENDENT)
ISBN-13: 978-0956867636

“Greuceanu – Novel with a Policeman” by Stelian Turlea
With the unerring instinct of a popular children’s author, Turlea locates, in GREUCEANU, one of the major Pan-European issues in contemporary times, the problem of organised crime. Turlea’s villains are not moustachioed banditos. Instead they are the brothers and sisters of gangsters in every European city centre, and playing as he does with the characters of the town, he explores a number of insights into the role of organised crime in post-Accession civic life. Greuceanu is a young policeman, at the bottom of the ladder. By chance, he gets rid of one of the feared gangsters, whose brothers and their wives come after him.
ISBN-13: 978-0956867667

“The Innocent and Collateral Victims of a Bloody War with Russia” by Liviu Antonesei
“The Innocent and Collateral Victims of a Bloody War with Russia” is Liviu Antonesei's latest collection of short stories, which track the experiences of a Romanian intellectual in the years since the political upheavals in his country and the surrounding region. They make for an exciting, insightful and provocative read about the events happening right now in Eastern Europe... These seductive short stories are an ingenious merger of simple life, essay, diary and reportage.
ISBN-13: 978-0956867650

“Report on the State of Loneliness” by Augustin Buzura
A deeply reflexive meditation on the history of Doctor Cassian, from the Second World War to contemporary times in Romania, told through the experiences of a panoply of characters and events. In counterpoint, the novel details the reflections of a young woman, Mara, and her relationship with the doctor.
The book explores, in depth, the Romanian landscape over more than 70 years, subtly locating the history of a myriad of individuals and events within their broader European context, as well as describing the conflicts and opportunities of the post-Accession generation. It is an important contribution to broadening European understanding of a little known history and culture.
ISBN-13: 978-0956867643

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GREUCEANU – NOVEL WITH A POLICEMAN by Stelian Turlea - 15 January 2015

Available NOW on Kindle. Paperback out soon.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S977JI2
£2.99; Profusion (London, 2015); ISBN-13: 978-0956867667
Translated from the Romanian by Ramona Mitrica, Mike Phillips and Mihai Risnoveanu

“Writer and philosopher Stelian Turlea based his crime fiction GREUCEANU on a well-known Romanian fairytale, in which the eponymous hero battles with a number of Zmei [ogres], to bring back to the skies the sun which they had stolen. The novel transposes the fairytale to the reality of a provincial town which has been taken over by gangsters, now the town's masters. Greuceanu is a young policeman, at the bottom of the ladder. By chance, he gets rid of one of the feared gangsters, whose brothers and their wives come after him.

With the unerring instinct of a popular children’s author, Turlea locates, in GREUCEANU, one of the major Pan-European issues in contemporary times, the problem of organised crime. Turlea’s villains are not moustachioed banditos. Instead they are the brothers and sisters of gangsters in every European city centre, and playing as he does with the characters of the town, he explores a number of insights into the role of organised crime in post-Accession civic life.” 
(Mike Phillips, CWA Silver Dagger winner and author of Rîmaru - Butcher of Bucharest)

Greuceanu - Novel with a Policeman is Stelian Turlea’s first novel published in English. Published originally in Romanian as “GREUCEANU – roman (cu un) politist” (Crime Scene Publishing, 2010).

About the author
Born in January 1946, Stelian Turlea studied Philology (1968) and Philosophy (1976) in Bucharest. For nearly three decades, he has been editor on external affairs (“Lumea” magazine). After 1989, he coordinated “Lumea”, “Zig-Zag”, and “Meridian” magazines, and worked in television as Head of Antena 1 News Department. He has been working for ProTV since 1996 and, since 2000, he has been a senior editor for “Ziarul de duminică”.

He is the author of eighteen novels, ten books on journalism, nine books for children and two translations. He has coordinated six photo albums (a three-volume album about Bucharest during the reign of Carol I; other albums are: The public works during the reign of Carol I; The Palace of the Patriarchy; The Royal Palace; B.N.R. – Chronicle of the Old Palace Restoration; The Financial-Banking, Historical Centre of Bucharest).

He received the Writers’ Union Award for Children's Literature (2003), the Romanian Editors’ Association Award for Children's Literature (2005), the Writers’ Union Special Award (2006) and the Bucharest Writers’ Association Award (2007), Flacăra Prize for Literature (2011). He was nominated for the Writers’ Union Award for Children's Literature in 2000 and the AER Novel Award in 2003.

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PROFUSION GOLD SERIES – Fiction, 2014-2015
Stelian Turlea - GREUCEANU – Novel with a Policeman
Liviu Antonesei - The Innocent and Collateral Victims of a Bloody War with Russia
Augustin Buzura - Report on the State of Loneliness
Series Editor: Mike Phillips
Published by Profusion International Creative Consultancy
www.profusion.org.uk

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Profusion At Christmas - 01 December 2014

Liviu aAtonesei

Profusion delivers a new book in English. The perfect gift for Christmas! An exclusive collection of 11 beautiful short stories from master story teller Liviu Antonesei.

‘The Innocent and Collateral Victims of a Bloody War with Russia’ is Liviu's latest collection of short stories, which track the experiences of a Romanian intellectual in the years since the political upheavals in his country and the surrounding region. They make for an exciting, insightful and provocative read about the events happening right now in Eastern Europe....

“a high, wide, floating flight over the dark romantic forests, over the wide Rhine plains, making a detour over the Masurian Lakes beyond the borders and then aiming South, towards Krakow. There I was again, in the city of my holidays...”

Make this Christmas the magical space where you join Liviu Antonesei in the beautiful excitement of his European dream. Happy Christmas!


THE INNOCENT AND COLLATERAL VICTIMS OF A BLOODY WAR WITH RUSSIA
by Liviu Antonesei
OUT NOW on Kindle and in paperback!

Paperback £7.99; http://amzn.to/1rHeAOc
Kindle £2.99; http://amzn.to/ZlJqOs
ISBN-13: 978-0956867650
Translated from the Romanian by Mihai Risnoveanu, Mike Phillips and Ramona Mitrica


PROFUSION GOLD SERIES - Fiction
Liviu Antonesei – ‘The Innocent and Collateral Victims of a Bloody War with Russia’, short stories
Coming in 2015:
Stelian Țurlea – ‘Greuceanu – Novel with a Policeman’, novel
Augustin Buzura – ‘Report on the State of Loneliness’, novel
Series Editor: Mike Phillips
www.profusion.org.uk
 

 

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