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Răzvan Rădulescu confirmed for Grimstad

When the 47th edition of the Norwegian Short Film Festival kicks off this June, we are honoured to welcome legendary Romanian screenwriter and consultant Răzvan Rădulescu as a guest! Rădulescu will take part in three different industry events during his stay in Grimstad.

Răzvan Rădulescu (born in Bucharest, 1969) studied linguistics, French Literature, and opera directing before starting to work in cinema. He was an integral figure in the emergence and development of the Romanian New Wave. As a screenwriter (The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu; Tuesday after Christmas; Child’s Pose), script consultant (4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days; The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu) and director (First of all, Felicia; Evropa) he followed a basic principle: that cinema on screen is about what we see and hear, while off screen it is about what we think and feel. His first novel, The Life and Deeds of Elijah Cazane, won the Romanian Writers’ Union prize for best debut novel. His second novel, Theodosius the Small, received the EU Prize for Literature.

Since 2005, he has taken occasional teaching jobs in Dramaturgy (ESAV Marrakech, York University Toronto, Scuola Holden Torino and Academy of Arts Karlsruhe). He has also lectured at Torino Film Lab, Less is More Lab, and co-founded The Script Savages Lab in Bretagne. As a script consultant, Răzvan has collaborated with a number of Norwegian filmmakers including Brwa Vahabpour, Gunhild Enger, Nataša Urban, Thea Hvistendal, and Emilie Blichfeldt.

Read on for a taste of what Răzvan Rădulescu will bring to the table at the 47th Norwegian Short Film Festival. Changes to the program may occur.


Răzvan Rădulescu has recently been a script consultant for the feature film debut of Norwegian director Brwa Vahabpour, titled Europa. At this film talk they will have a conversation about how they have collaborated on the project. The talk will be in English.

Brwa Vahabpour is a filmmaker from Trondheim who has studied at Filmkunstskolen in Kabelvåg and the Norwegian Film School at Lillehammer. He has directed several award-winning short films including Pomegranate (2017), The Shepherd (2018), and Silence (2020); the latter won the Screen Talent Europe Pitching Forum at the Norwegian Short Film Festival in 2019, and editor Brynjar Lien Aune won The Norwegian Film Workers Association’s Technical Award for his work on the film at the festival the following year. Vahabpour has also worked as an episode director on the series Countrymen, which was co-produced by Arte France and won the Special Interpretation Prize and the High School Prize for Best Series at Canneseries 2021 where it premiered. He is currently finishing his feature film debut, Europa.


On Saturday the 15th of June, 15 lucky filmmakers will get the chance to receive personal advice from Răzvan Rădulescu on their screenplays and film projects. The highly sought-after script consultant will host an exclusive roundtable talk in English with 15 filmmakers, based on short synopses they will have pre-submitted.

Please note that this event requires pre-registration, and only 15 seats are available. Registration is open now (see below), and closes on May 10. Once registration is closed, the festival will inform you whether or not you were successful in securing a seat for this event. If you are included amongst the 15 filmmakers you will be asked to submit a half-page synopsis of your film project in English, to help Răzvan better understand and contextualise your questions and the challenges on your specific project.

The roundtable talk will be in English, and takes place on Saturday June 15 at 10 AM.


What is a New Wave and how does it work?

Everyone who works with film knows about the French New Wave of the ’50s and ’60s. And while that remains the most famous example, it is far from the only film movement of its kind: Amongst others, there’s the Czech New Wave, the German, the Latin-American, the Greek, and not least the Romanian New Wave. But what comprises a New Wave, and what is it like to be at the centre of one?

In the early 2000s, Răzvan Rădulescu was an essential part of the Romanian New Wave. This cinematic movement took place during a time in which Romania was just growing into its new identity as a democratic and capitalist country after decades of dictatorship. Meet Răzvan Rădulescu in conversation about his experiences from his involvement with the Romanian New Wave. Being an idealist has its challenges, and this is the very first time that Răzvan has agreed to discuss his experiences from this era. There will also be some clips from films that Rădulescu has worked on. The conversation will be held in English.

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