It was the night before the Final…

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iRecommend: Luc Ban’s “Tarkovsky Redux”, May 12

This is more of a recommendation, it’s a personal, sincere, from the heart recommendation. Not only because I have met Lucian Ban and was completely absorbed by his warmth, beautiful energy, coolness but also because I attended his last concert in Bucharest.

He’s a true musician, totally dedicated to his art, extremely talented.

I felt privileged, that’s why I was among the first to buy tickets for me and my friends to his concert, Tarkovsky Redux, part of  the European Film Festival I was telling you about. 🙂

May 12, 2012

ARCUB Theatre, near Universitate

Entrance fee: 26 or 35 lei, 16 lei for students. (but you must hurry)

And, if you’re curious to find out more about Luc, please, visit his website.

 

 

iRecommend: European Film Festival, May 4-13

The month of May is more European than the others. It’s the month of the European Film Festival

For sixteen years in a row now, the European Film Festival is the right place for “other” movies. European films are different from the regular choice at your local cinema theatre, they are enticing and intense, constantly breaking the moulds, always exploring and offering the viewers amazingly new experiences.
The Festival takes place in Bucharest (4-13 May), Brasov (10-13 May), Timisoara (17-20 May), Tirgu-Mures (17-20 May) and Iasi (24-27 May).

Here’s one of the films I recommend: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

In Bucharest the films are to be seen at Studio Cinema (in Romana Square), Eforie Cinema and Pro Cinema (both around the Old City Centre); all 3 of them within 10 minutes of walking.

For more details, please visit the official website of the festival.

Be back soon with more details.

SIAMB 2012. Been there, done that, left in a hurry…

…but here are some photos.  For more, visit It’s Bucharest, baby fcbk page.

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iRecommend:International Motor Show, Bucharest, 4-8 April 2012

It will start tomorrow, the 4th of April, and will last until Sunday, the 8th.  The organizers promise over 4200 square m right in the heart of Bucharest(at Piata Constitutiei, in front of the Palace of the Parliament) for more than 20 brands of cars and motorcycles including Volvo, Merc-Benz, Lotus, Triumph, Bombardier, Suzuki, Kawasaki,  Yamaha, Ducati …

All spiced up with concerts, events, shows, prizes, beautiful and partially naked girls, fashion, food, it’s supposed to be one hell of a event.

4-8 April @ Piata Constitutiei, Bucharest

Entrance fee: 15 lei. 

See you there!

i (‘m not sure i) Recommend: V for Vintage, Preview of the Fair

If you happen to be a precious missy traveling to Bucharest at the end of March and you lust for vintage shopping while thinking about Eastern European culture, you might want to visit  ‘V for Vintage – la DOLCE VITA” fair – Preview of the 8th Edition.

What to expect: authentic vintage, fancy, colorful   prints, eccentric pendants, extravagant outfits, surrealist flowers painted on skirts and dresses, hats, brooches, earrings  and more.

They say that an orange piece of clothing and an Aperol Spritz might increase your chances to feel the Dolce Vita they’re talking about. I guess all you have to do is believe them, get your act together, put on some high heels and hopes and just go.

31st of March @ Antipa Cafe, 1  Kiseleff Blvd.

Entrance fee: 10 lei

 

iRecommend: Bucharest International Film Festival, March 19-25 2012

Here’s something you don’t want to miss, starting today in Bucharest.

And just to get the taste of it, I quote the official website of the festival:

„THIS MUST BE THE PLACE” – UNIQUE SCREENING EXCLUSIVELY WITHIN BUCHAREST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

   THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, director Paolo Sorrentino’s first English language film (awarded the Jury Prize at Cannes 2008, for Il Divo), will be presented, in absolute premiere and exclusively in Romania, within the Bucharest International Film Festival Closing Gala, March 25, 2012. “Anchored” by Sean Penn’s unbelievable performance (“flawless…transcending the masklike qualities of eyeliner and lipstick with deadpan, childlike candor.” – Variety), THIS MUST BE THE PLACE is the story of an ex-rock star engaged in a Nazi-hunt across America. A possible future cult film – the title is inspired by a classic Talking Heads track, music written by David Byrne, featuring Frances McDormand, Harry Dean Stanton, Judd Hirsch in supporting roles and, obviously, David Byrne – the ultra-stylized THIS MUST BE THE PLACE was launched within the Cannes 2011 Official Competition and is one of those films which cannot be categorized, that divides the public into two teams, but leaves no one indifferent.

And here‘s the full screening schedule.

Enjoy!

iRecommend: ‘1974 Niste domni si fiii’, bar, punk attitude and more

Niste domni (A Bunch of Gentlemen) – punk’s not dead!

Indeed, sirs, punk’s not dead just yet. A bastion of a laid-back mood, at the heart of a much too cluttered historical center which suffers from the corporatization of entertainment. These are apocalyptic times we’re living now, when punk is the gentlemen’s music and this only means one thing. The first and the foremost, from which all the others follow:  Cheap beer! Stemming from it, a crowd by the bar, zany, colorful bartenders, punk music at 11 in the evening, frequent toilet breaks, cheap beer, heated conversations, some eye-catching rigouts, every now and again, after The Clash, a Guns comes on at about a quarter past midnight, several tattooed chicks, cheap beer, we’re already becoming fast friends with our neighbors across the table, there’s laughing out loud and you feel you know most of the people here, it’s half past 1, a lot of smoke and Deftones or Rage Against the Machine might blast out of the speakers, cheap beer, the smoke is beside the point now, you can’t hear what that person’s saying to your face, you need to yell to get your point across to someone just as drunk, and still, there’s no lull in the dialogue, it’s 3 a.m. and Mihaela Runceanu’s singing, cheap beer, you’re dancing to any kind of rhythm, seized by the feeling that you’re listening to the coolest band on Earth, or chatting with the funniest people on Earth, life’s a hoot and everyone’s engrossing in it. It’s 5 and you call a cab. No airs, casual, no responsibility, no strings attached. A bunch of gentlemen, but punk!

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