(12/11/07) – Fans of European cinema in London are well catered for this November.

To celebrate the spectacular renaissance of Romanian cinema the French Institute and the Romanian Cultural Institure will be hosting a programme of the country’s cinematic achievements, including this year’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner, Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days.

Seven features form the programme called Romanian Cinema: A Journey, which traces back today’s success to the mid ’60s, when iconic director Lucian Pintilie was making film well-beyond the constraints of a repressive Communist system. The film season takes place between 16 and 21 November.

German festival

Starting later in the month is the 10th German Film festival between 23and 29 November at Curzon Soho and Goethe-Institut, ICA and Irish Film Institute, Dublin.

The festival celebrates its 10th anniversary in London this year with a crop of feature, documentary, short and archive films, many of which will be attended by directors and cast. Like Romanian film, German cinema has found an appreciative audience amongst UK cinema-goers and critics alike over the last decade, with films like Run Lola Run (1998), Good Bye Lenin! (2003), Downfall (2004), and this year’s The Lives of Others.

To celebrate the anniversary, the festival will feature a 10-year retrospective of some of the most outstanding festival films from the past decade, including work from Andreas Dresen (Grill Point), Oskar Roehler (No Place To Go), Fatih Akin (Short, Sharp, Shock) and Leander Haussmann (Sun Alley), plus in the special focus on the Red Army Faction at the ICA, films from Christian Petzold (The State I Am In) and Volker Schloendorff (The Legends of Rita).

For further information on both festivals, please follow the links provided on the left.