Seattle’s second annual Romanian Film Festival screens this weekend, Friday, November 20 through Sunday, November 22 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown in Queen Anne. The festival’s title this year is One Eye Laughing, One Eye Crying: Tales of Resistance, which “highlights a certain Romanian taste for dark humor and wisdom to reconcile life’s most demanding contradictions,” say the festival organizers—and how awesome is that?
If you’re looking to pre-game, there will be a free screening of the documentary Rumenye! Rumenye! at the Allen Library (4000 15th Ave NE) this Thursday, November 19 at 5:30 PM.
On Friday night at 7 PM, you can catch the drama/comedy Aferim!, along with a Q & A session with co-screenwriter Florin Lazarescu. Following that, everyone’s invited to mingle with filmmakers, festival organizers, specials guests and fans at the Opening Cocktail Party, beginning at 9:30 PM.
Saturday’s screenings begin at 11 AM with the 2014 documentary Trading Germans. Screenings continue all day, closing out with A Love Story, Lindenfeld, followed by a Q & A with director R. Gabrea and lead actress V. Cocias.
Sunday’s schedule begins at 11 AM again with the documentary Goldfaden’s Legacy, about the history of Yiddish theater. The director Radu Gabrea will be present for a Q & A to follow. The rest of the afternoon will screen encore performances from Saturday’s lineup.
2nd Annual Seattle Romanian Film Festival
When: Friday, November 20 through Sunday, November 22
Where: SIFF Cinema Uptown (511 Queen Anne Ave N)
For a complete schedule, list of films, special guests and ticketing information, visit www.seattleromanianfilmfest.com.