30 Jul 2020

Special Program of Restored Films

The 19th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival will bring old restored jewels to the big screen in a series of special events. The program is available at, and tickets can be purchased from and soon on TIFF’s official app. 

Produced during the catastrophic floods of May 1970, the Black Buffalo Water / Apa ca un bivol negru documentary is the manifesto of an entire generation of Romanian directors: Andrei Cătălin Băleanu, Petre Bokor, Iosif Demian, Stere Gulea, Roxana Pană, Dan Piţa, Dinu Tănase, Nicolae Mărgineanu, and Mircea Veroiu. Fifty years later, the film will be shown in a restored version on August 7, at midnight, on the premises of the Babeș-Bolyai University. The Oak / Balanța, Lucian Pintilie’s remarkable 1992 film, restored by Fundația9 and BRD – Groupe Société Générale and successfully relaunched in a 4K digital format earlier this year will also screen at TIFF on Friday, August 7, at 9:30, at the Unitarian Bishopry.

Another spectacular comeback in a digitally restored version is David Cronenberg’s shocking thriller Crash, based on  J. G. Ballard’s controversial eponymous thriller about the connection between danger, sex, and death.

Then The Active Archive / Arhiva activă, a project of the I.L. Caragiale national film and theater school, which celebrates its 70th anniversary, unearths nine shorts from the school’s archive. These films, signed by Radu Gabrea, Felicia Cernăianu, Ada Pistiner, Dorin Moldovan, Ştefan Traian Roman, Andrei Vidraşcu, Nicolae Opriţescu, Tudor Eliad, and Timotei Ursu, and curated by Andrei Rus, will be screened on August 7 starting with 9:30 PM at Coșbuc.