Sunday 25 September 2011, 11:00, Atelier Hall, National Theatre Bucharest
At the invitation of Ion Caramitru, Director of the National Theatre, Bucharest, Nicolae Ratiu, Chairman of the Ratiu Foundation, is happy to present a conference about his father, Ion Ratiu, the great Romanian businessman, statesman and philanthropist. Among other things, Nicolae will talk about his father's unwavering belief in Romania and the Romanians.
"Of course Ion Ratiu was disappointed when his bid for the presidency was unsuccessful. Of course he was disappointed when his house was ransacked and burnt by the miners in June 1990. Of course he was disappointed when his own party refused to back him for a second presidential bid. But his love for Romania came tops every time. He refused to leave the country, although many - too many - people wished him to. He refused to withdraw from politics, from financial ventures, from the press. If there was a lesson my father learnt during his exile, it was not to give up, not to let people down, and to go on with his work.
There were battles that Ion Ratiu lost, but history proves he won the war. People said that, because of the communist inheritance, civil society in Romania has no chance - yet now there is a plethora of young people involved in a great number of NGOs dealing with ecology, heritage and preservation of patrimony, human rights, and equality. Romania is a member of the European Union and of NATO, it has returned on its normal path."
The Ratiu Foundation is pleased to announce that this year’s edition of the Cambridge Film Festival includes a series of Romanian films, ranging from ‘New Wave’ shorts to road openers from luminaries such as Cristi Puiu and Cristian Mungiu, and the mature and still revolutionary Lucian Pintilie.
“The Ratiu Foundation is happy to support such an exquisite showcase of Romanian cinema in Cambridge. The Cambridge Film Festival’s decision to present this selection will help film lovers to better understand the origins and development of the ‘Romanian New Wave’. Later this year, in London, the British public will be able to get a new serving of Romanian film from 10-13 November, in the 8th edition of our Romanian Film Festival. Stay tuned for more details.”
Ramona Mitrica, Director of the Ratiu Foundation
All films are screened at the Arts Picturehouse Cambridge, 38-39 St Andrew’s Street Cambridge CB2 3AR. Box Office: 0871 902 5720. Tickets: between £5.50 and £8.50.