Stories about people and the environment they are connected with, at Pelicam

12.05.2014
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The third edition of the Pelicam Film Festival takes place in Tulcea between 13 and 15 June and brings as national premieres films  bearing the signature of film directors internationaly awarded, telling us stories about close ties between people and their lands from the Amazon rainforest up to Lapland.

Director Cristi Puiu, winner of awards such as Un Certain Regard at Cannes or the Golden Bear at the International Film Festival in Berlin, is one of the jury of the feature films competition of the Pelicam International Film Festival about Environment and People. Beside him, Ivan Patzaichin, multiple Olympic champion, president of the environmental protection Asociation Mila 23, will be the jury  for feature length documentaries.

Braddock, America (2013) is the story of an American city that was once one of the most important centers of steel production. In the 70s and 80s the industry  crashed, 90 % of the population has left, leaving behind entire neighborhoods of abandoned houses. Directors Jean-Loic Portron and Gabriella Kessler capture on film the lives of people who hardly see a future among the ruins of the steel industry. Braddock, America premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and will be screened at Tulcea, in the competition of feature films, in the presence of the director Gabriella Kessler.

In the same category you can see Costa da Morte (2013), a poetic documentary about the ” Coast of Death ”  a part of the northwest coast of Spain, legendary for the countless ruined ships and storms. During the Roman era the coast of Galicia was considered the end of the world. Director Lois Patiño tells the amazing story of the people who tamed places full of legends. He was awarded at the Locarno Film Festival for Best Emerging Director.

” The desire to observe nature, landscapes, other people, other customs, other countries and to relate to our environment has never been so pronounced in Romania. This is possible at Pelicam that offers experiences from which we can better understand our world and ideas of real involvement. Good lessons for everyone. We welcome you in the city from the Danube shore in mid-June for films, workshops, concerts and parties, “says Benjamin Ribout, the festival director.

Pelicam starts from Bucharest with an event at J’ai Bistrot,  on May 29th, when you are invited to watch last year’s winning film, North of the Sun (2012 ) conducted by the Norwegians Inge Wegge (25) and Jørn Ranum (22), two surfers who take a break from city life and friends, to surf with the board in the frozen waves of a secluded beach in Norway, located north of sunrise.

One of the guests of Pelicam International Film Festival  is the American director  Reuben Aaronson whose film, Amazon Gold, will be screened at Tulcea, out of competition. The director has as  track record the participation as operator in Terrence Malick ‘s  film, The Thin Red Line. Amazon Gold is the winning film  of the Award Green Film Network in 2013, the international network of environmental film festivals, of which Pelicam is also part. The documentary tells the story of apocalyptic destruction of tropical forests due to illegal gold mining.

Since the 2014 edition, we go further with our efforts to protect the environment. From now on, the festival maximizes its economic and social impact with the support of Societal.

Pelicam International Film Festival is organized by the Association Les Herbes Folles, with primary sponsorship from ApaNova Bucharestand and with the support of BRD, the National Film Center, the Municipality of Tulcea, the Administration of the National Cultural Fund  and the Romanian Cultural Institute. Institutional partners: Netherlands Embassy , U.S. Embassy, Swiss Embassy, Goethe Institute and the French Institute in Bucharest.

For more information contact: Roxana Bucata, PR manager
0728 132 974 / roxana.bucata @ gmail.com / pelicam.ro