TIFF Sibiu 2020: schedule & highlights

Friday, August 21, 2020 - 11:10

The Transilvania International Film Festival returns to Sibiu, between 27th and 30th of August, for its 14th edition. TIFF Sibiu will take place exclusively outdoors, in compliance with the necessary safety and social distance measures during the pandemic. Four evenings of open-air cinema, 20 films and special guests await the people of Sibiu in Piața Mare, Habermann Markt, Astra Open-Air Museum, Promenada Sibiu above-ground car park (top floor) and the Terrace of the Ion Besoiu Cultural Center. 

A romantic comedy will open the festival on August 27, in Piața Mare: La Belle Époque (r. Nicolas Bedos), featuring French stars Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet and Fanny Ardant . 

The Sibiu audience will fall in love with Babyteeth, the debut of Australian director Shannon Murphy, winner of the Transilvania Trophy and the Audience Award at TIFF 2020 (Cluj), “probably the happiest and liveliest film ever made about a terminal illness. A wonder", headlines The Guardian. A teenage girl with cancer - Eliza Scanlen, the star of the HBO series Sharp Objects - falls in love with a drug dealer, and her parents live their worst nightmare. 

Patrick (d. Tim Mielants), awarded best director at TIFF, also brings a lot of humor around the idea of ​​death. Patrick is the handyman on his father's naturist campsite. When Patrick loses his hammer, his quest to retrieve it takes him to the farthest corners of the camping grounds. Sure enough, when Patrick's father passes away, Patrick's quest turns existential.

Corpus Christi (r. Jan Komasa), the fascinating story inspired by real facts of a young man released from prison who accidentally takes over a parish, claiming to be the messenger of the Church. Poland's Oscar nomination also won two major awards in Venice, where Madre, the new film by Rodrigo Sorogoyen was also awarded. The intense drama of the mother who lost her 6-year-old child, which began in a short film nominated for an Oscar award in 2017, resumes ten years later, in the city where he disappeared, where she meets a 16-year-old teenager who physically resemblances her son. The two begin a relationship with unexpected consequences. 

From the director of the The Full Monty, Peter Cattaneo, comes Military Wives, a comedy based on a real story and starring Kristin Scott-Thomas. Full of suspense, The Translators (d. Régis Roinsard) brings together names like Lambert Wilson, Olga Kurylenko and Riccardo Scamarcio in a thriller about nine translators hired to translate the long-awaited final volume of a successful trilogy inside a luxury bunker. When the first ten pages of the manuscript appear on the Internet, the experience turns into a nightmare. 

Do not miss the Romanian films and the Q&A’s with actors and filmmakers: Legacy (d. Dorian Boguță), So… What’s Freedom? (d. Andrei Zincă), 5 Minutes too Late (d. Dan Chișu), Colectiv (d. Alexander Nanau), Teach (d. Alex Brendea).

Check the full schedule here

The tickets are on sale on tiff.eventbook.ro and our TIFF Official App (available in App Store and Google Play), their number being limited, thus respecting the restrictions imposed for outdoor events. The screenings in Piața Mare will be free, based on a zero value ticket.