What’s to love about “sexo-Marxists”?
18 June
Ada Solomon

Ada Solomon is a Romanian producer and the founder and managing director of HiFilm Productions, created in 2004 and microFILM, created in 2012. She has been working in the film business for 25+ years.

She has been collaborating for both feature & documentaries with the main figures of the Romanian New Cinema such as Cristian Nemescu, Radu Jude, Razvan Radulescu, Adrian Sitaru, Constantin Popescu, Alexandru Solomon and has produced short films and debut features of emerging filmmakers such as Paul Negoescu, Cristian Iftime, Daniel Sandu, Ivana Mladenovic, Sebastian Mihailescu, Stefan Constantinescu, Valentin Hotea, Adriano Valerio, Federico Bondi, Martha Berman.

She has produced films presented and awarded in the most prestigious festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Venice, and Sundance. Recent projects include CHILD’S POSE (Călin Peter Netzer, 2013), which won the Golden Bear in Berlin, AFERIM! (Radu Jude, 2015), which won the Silver Bear, and BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN (Radu Jude, 2021), Golden Bear winner. Ada Solomon has co-produced with numerous European countries and has released her films in over 50 territories. She has served as a line producer for foreign international projects such as Franco Zeffirelli’s CALLAS FOREVER and Maren Ade’s Oscar-nominated TONI ERDMANN. 

Apart from her producing job, Ada Solomon is managing, together with Tudor Giurgiu, Cityplex, a network of miniplex cinemas in Romania, which is a member of Europa Cinemas. Also she is the founder of the Short & Medium Length International Film Festival NexT.

She is the Deputy Chairwoman of the board of the European Film Academy, the Executive President of the European Women’s Audiovisual Network, the Romanian National Coordinator of EAVE, member of the executive board of ACE. She was awarded with the European Co-production Award – Prix Eurimages at the 2013 European Film Awards and with the Central European Initiative Award at the Trieste Film Festival in 2018.

Katia Pascariu
Katia Pascariu is an actress and cultural activist – she has studied performing arts (2006) and anthropology (2016). She lives in Bucharest. Pascariu works mainly in theatre and she collaborates with pluridisciplinary teams for educational projects, locally and internationally. For 10 years now she has been activating in educational and political theatre, participating, together with her colleagues from the Replika, Macaz Coop., and Vârsta4 collectives, in the development or various artistic and social programs which support vulnerable or maginal communities. Katia promotes the committed art, accessible to everyone, preoccupied with the issues of our contemporary society: education, social justice, human rights, discrimination and racism, recent history. She is part of the artistic collective of the State Jewish Theater of Bucharest. Key words: empathy, solidarity, critical thinking.
Pitch Jury
Mona Nicoară
MONA NICOARĂ started working in film in 1997 as an Associate Producer for Children Undeground, which received the Special Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary. Her directorial debut, Our School, premiered in the US at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, went on to over 70 festivals worldwide, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best US Feature at AFI SilverDocs, was nominated for Best Eastern European Documentary at the Silver Eye Awards and for Best Romanian Documentary at the Gopo Awards. Her latest film, The Distance between Me and Me, won the audience award at Films de Cannes ŕ Bucarest and played in Romanian cinemas for over 18 weeks. Nicoară ahas taught film, writing, and literature at Columbia University, the Cooper Union, New York University, and Rutgers.
Measured solely by the number of public positions taken against “gender ideology,” “political correctness,” and “sexo-Marxism,” Romania may look like an egalitarian paradise that managed to erase any difference or discrimination. But the terrifying reality is that over the past year an explicitly fascist-populist party was elected to the Parliament under the leadership of violently misogynistic, homo- and trans-phobic, racist, and conspiracy-driven characters. If we are to ensure that the history that played itself first as tragedy stays at the level of farce the second time around, we must first understand it and then dismantle it with intelligence and humane humor. A meeting with some home-grown sexo-Marxists.

Guests: Ada Solomon, Katia Pascariu, Paul Dunca, Liliana Popescu, Antonella Leca Dur-da
Moderator: Mona Nicoară

SUPPORTED BY: Raiffeisen Bank
TICKETS: Eventbook
THE FESTIVAL WAS CREATED IN 2008 BY: Czech Centre Bucharest

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