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Visit Romania Through Film
Amza Pellea
Amza Pellea

Before World War Two, and old Victorian building in Belgrave Square was appropriated by the Romanian government. Since then, the building has functioned as an Embassy, Ambassadorial residence and cultural institute. The Romanian Cultural Institute not only works on diplomatic missions, but aims to expose Britain to the country's artistic pursuits as well.

This April they are providing us with a movie marathon, showcasing on of their most iconic actors, Amza Pellea, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his death. It is part of their Romanian Cinematheque season, which present films whose memorable characters, stories, and punch lines once offered a distraction from the gloomy realities of life in Communism.

Amza Pellea died 1983 at the age of 52, but he continues to be a popular figure in the world of Romainian theatre and cinema. From the 2nd - 25th April the Institute will hold free 7pm screenings of four of his most memorable films, starting with Then I Sentenced Them All to Death (1972); with the theme focussing on the human reaction to fear and oppression, I'm not quite sure how that qualifies as 'a distraction from the gloomy realities of life in Communism', but never mind.

The second film will be Gently Was Anastasia Passing (1979) on the 11th April, a World War Two drama that reinterprets the Greek myth about Oedipus's daughter, Antigone. The 18th April will feature Michael the Brave (1971), a historical epic depicting the reign Mihai Viteazulof, a 16th century prince who unified all three principalities.

Although all the screenings are free, it is recommended that you book a place by calling. 020 7752 0134
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Why? Fun for film lovers
When: 2nd-25th April
Phone: 44 (0) 207 752 0134
Where: Romanian Cultural Institute
Cost: Free Entry
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