France / 2006 / 105 min / Directed, Produced and Screenplay by Tony Gatlif.
Starring: Asia Argento, Amira Casar, Birol Unel
Synopsis: After her lover is deported to his home country of Romania, Zingarina flees France with her friend Marie in order to find him. During a surrealistic pagan festival devoted to Herod in a small Romanian town, Zingarina is finally reunited with the man she loves.
However, nothing is as it seems amidst the confetti and revelry. In the madness, the noise, the music and the inebriation of the celebrations, she learns that she is alone in the world. With no bearings, no mooring, she cuts herself loose from all connections and propels herself headlong into the Transylvanian countryside, to the very edge of sanity and back, and meets a man on her journey who, also without borders or a house, decides to give Zingarina a home.
‘Transylvania’ is a haunting love-story, set in the hallucinatory landscapes of post-communist Romania. Directed by Tony Gatlif (Best Director Award-winner Cannes 2004), this is a mysterious and compelling piece of filmmaking.
More details on www.myspace.com/transylvaniamovie
Special Preview – Thursday 9 August 2007
18.30, ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, SW1 5AH; Box Office: 020 7930 3647
Tickets: Film and club night: £10/£9 concessions/£7 ICA Members. Club night only: £5/£4 concessions/free to ICA Members before 22.00
This event is part of the Roots & Shoots programme organised by the ICA.
August’s Roots & Shoots folksy club is a celluloid special with an eastern European twist.
The film and its Romanian folk soundtrack set the tone for a post-screening party in the ICA bar, with special guest DJ Penny Metal, London's queen of Balkan beats.
More details on www.ica.org.uk
Film Launch – Friday 10 August 2007
18.30, Renoir cinema, Brunswick Centre, London, WC1N 1AW; Box office 0870 850 6927
Tickets: £9/£6 concessions
After the screening, viewers are invited to toast the film's release with a complimentary glass of Romanian wine.
More details on www.curzoncinemas.com
Also opening on 17 August at the Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London SW2 1JG; Box office: 0871 704 2065
Releases in other cinemas nationwide TBC.
Released through Peccadillo Pictures
Supported by The Romanian Cultural Centre in London & Roexport Ltd.