Making Waves returns for its 10th edition featuring a cross section of narrative features, documentaries, and shorts. Titles fresh from Cannes and Berlin lead the slate of features: Corneliu Porumboiu’s fairy tale The Treasure; Romania’s unorthodox answer to 12 Years a Slave, Radu Jude’s Aferim!; Radu Muntean’s subtle morality play, One Floor Below; and Why Me?, the Sidney Lumet–esque political thriller by Tudor Giurgiu, based on tragic true events.

Another highlight will be a special tribute screening of Cristi Puiu’s The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005), commemorating the 10th anniversary of Making Waves. A seminal title of the Romanian New Wave, this dark comedy was presented at the first edition back in 2006 and took American critics by storm, helping to establish Romania as a major player in the contemporary landscape of international art cinema.

The series will also feature panels, special guests, and a continuation of the Creative Freedom Through Cinema program, examining the relationship between art and politics in Eastern Europe and spotlighting work from Georgia and the Republic of Moldova.

The raw survival documentary Toto and His Sisters (Alexander Nanau), a selection of short films (including the newest from Puiu and Ramona, the noir revenge tale that won a prize in Cannes), and a tribute to one of the greatest Romanian filmmakers, Mircea Daneliuc—whose work inspired the Romanian New Wave—complete this exciting lineup.

Making Waves is co-presented with the Romanian Film Initiative, with the support of the Trust of Mutual Understanding, LARK Play Development Center, the Romanian National Center of Cinema, the Filmmakers Union of Romania, and many individual supporters.