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Inside the CM Vault: Foreign Film Festival Guides

My friend Brent has been working and living abroad for years now, and he’s attended film festivals in many of the foreign cities where he’s lived. He picks up free schedule guides for me while he’s there—most of them from the Transilvania International Film Festival in Romania—and sends them my way. Below are three that are part of the Monolith collection.

The oldest edition in my collection is this nightmare-fueled copy from the 2012 Santiago International Film Festival in Chile. The entire guide is printed in Spanish, but titles of entries from the US (Estados Unidos) and the UK (Inglaterra) are in English, which include Moonrise Kingdom, Tyrannosaur, Jack & Diane, and The Deep Blue Sea.

We travel to Cluj-Napoca in Romania for the 2014 Transilvania International Film Festival, where the guide is printed almost entirely in Romanian (except for the occasional warning Film nerecomandat minorilor / This film is not suitable for children). Whereas the previous guide had ads to go along with the daily screening schedule, this one contains only a schedule, but here the film titles are in Romanian and English. Entries from the United States include Blue Ruin, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, Europa Report, and a Bill Plympton animated film called Cheatin’.

The best guide of the bunch, again from the TIFF in Cluj-Napoca, but this time from the 2017 festival. Loaded with screening schedules, ads, and a synopsis for each film. The text is in both Romanian and English, and ads include a special presentation of the Buster Keaton silent The General, dates and times for an Alain Delon screening, and something called Luna Plina, a festival de film horror & fantastic. Films from the US being shown this year include Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces and a documentary called Beware the Slenderman, but there were no ‘big’ titles that I recognized.

8 comments on “Inside the CM Vault: Foreign Film Festival Guides

  1. Julie Dunning

    Sweet collection!

    • Todd B

      Thanks! More to come…and I just noticed your new avatar!

  2. Dracula

    Thanks for the entry on Romania and Chile. Simona will be happy and commenting later on the theaters in her home town of Cluj Napoca, the capital of Transilvania. Some go back to the Communist days. By the way do we owe you the 2017 TIFF program or did that go with the t-shirt? TIFF, not to be confused with the Toronto International Film Festival. Glad they brought interest to you and a spot in the CM blog!

    • Todd B

      And thanks for the contribution to the vault! And yes, I have the ’17 guide AND the shirt…did you recognize the photo at the top of the page? Was it somewhere you’d been before to see a film?

  3. Dracula

    Whoops my mistake, no. 16 is the 2017 Program. That numbering confuses me every year.

    • Todd B

      It messed me up for a while, too…kept wanting to put 2016, then wondered why the dates seemed to show 2017. I’ll never be able to figure out the Romanian numbering system.

  4. Dracula

    The photo is the main square and where they hosted a movie each night of the festival with one of the actors in attendance to talk about the film. TIFF started in 2002 and thus the one year off the festival number vs the year.

    • Todd B

      That would’ve been the cool place to go to see a movie, I think. Maybe someday, when I come down to visit! And thanks for the details on the FF numbering system…always wondered about the discrepancy.

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