Friday 2 January 2009, 6.00 - 9.30 pm, on a loop
One could only fear entering a festival competition featuring a Romanian short film lately. Four years after the winning double bill in Berlin and Cannes (with Coffee and Cigarettes and Traffic), history has been repeating itself in 2008, with A Good Day for a Swim and Megatron winning golden awards in both major festivals.
It's refreshing to witness a brand new generation of directors approaching issues that have nothing to do with the big History. Although the New Romanian Cinema has developed a positive obsession for the country's past, the present requires its own chroniclers. And that's where the short films enter.
This 6-title pack not only captures the spirit of our times, but also portrait a country in transition. Ranging from drama to comedy and faux thriller, the shorts are realistic slices of life, unfolding almost in real time and smartly hiding sweet, bitter or bitter-sweet social comments.
Contemporary Romanian films is part of Late at Tate Britain's Renewal programme, including visuals, sound and performance by Savage Messiah, a stunning live set from electro-pop deconstructionists Petit Mal, an original sound work from Peckham's dynamic artist-curator duo Pat and Trevor and a live networked performance with renegade independent publishers Publish and Be Damned.
When: Friday 2 January 2009, 6.00 - 9.30 pm;
1 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X8PH