"Romania Off the Shelf," a series of five Romanian films never before seen in America, will be presented by the Utah Media Arts Center over the next five Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Arcade Theater, 419 S. 900 West. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for students; series passes are $20.
The films were recently acquired by the American Film Institute, all of them produced under repressive conditions in Eastern Europe over the past 20 years and banned by the Ceausescu government.Here is the schedule:
Oct. 18 - "Alone Among the Wolves" is set in Bucharest during the 1940s, the story of a nationalistic professor killed by Romanian facists who call themselves "Iron Guard."
Oct. 25 - "The Secret of the Secret Weapon" is a fairy tale about an emperor who develops a secret weapon and threatens his subjects with it.
Nov. 1 - "Carnival Days" is a humorous modern-day story of a barber in Romania.
Nov. 8 - "The Inn Among the Hills" is a fantasy set in 1850, about a mysterious maiden casting a spell on a young man who is on his way to an arranged marriage.
Nov. 15 - "Sand Cliffs" is a contemporary mystery with political overtones about a young laborer accused of murder.
All films are in Romanian with English subtitles.
The Utah Media Arts Center has received support for the series from the Utah Arts Council, the Salt Lake City Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
For further information phone 534-1158.