2 april 2009
The DVD is finally available following this link: www.ptd.lu/dvd_coldwaves.htm
It contains the 3 episodes of 52 minutes,
subtitled in 8 languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Hungarian, Czech, Polish, Romanian) and a lot of bonus material (another 45 minutes of deleted scenes, additional people, etc.) plus a photo gallery.
2008 5-9 november
Cold Waves” was included in the official selection at Sheffield Doc/Fest, the most important festival for the genre in the UK. http://www.sheffdocfest.com/
2008 August 1st
The Romanian-language section of RFE ceased broadcasting to Romania, after 58 years of service. http://www.rferl.org/
2008 July 10
Alexandru Solomon held a masterclass, followed by the screening of „Cold Waves”, in Bardonecchia / Italy during the „Documentary in Europe” workshop organized by EDN and the Italian Association. http;//www.docineurope.org
2008 July 2
Tbilisi, Cinema Rustaveli: the film was presented to the Georgian public as part of the Romanian Days put together by the Georgian National Film Centre. http://www.filmcenter.ge/
2008 June 14
Torino, Cinema Massimo: Catalin Cristutiu, editor, presented „Cold Waves”, during the Romanian Film Week organized in the Museo Nazionale del Cinema.
2008 May 15
Chisinau, Moldova: „Cold Waves” was screened in front of a full cinema during the opening night of the Cronograf Film Festival. The Moldovan service of RFE is one of the last Eastern European departments to broadcast.
2008 May 8
Luxembourg: a special screening took place in Utopolis, the main venue for arthouse films in Luxembourg, as an avant-premiere for the theatrical release that is scheduled this autumn.
2008 April 30
Los Angeles: “Cold Waves” opened the South East European Film Festival. http://seefilmla.org/
2008, February 21
After eleven weeks of screening in Romanian theatres, Cold Waves brought together over 6000 viewers in the cinema halls.
Alexandru Solomon’ documentary will be soon broadcast by the national television channel. TVR will air the film on Radio Free Europe in a three-episode series, of 52 minutes each. Cold waves will be shown on 6, 13 and 20 of March this year.
2008, January 25
Together with some members of the team, Cold Waves reached the cinemas in Oradea, Cluj, Iaşi, Constanţa, Timişoara, Ploieşti, Braşov şi Târgovişte. The film will screen in Târgu Mureş starting the 1st of February and in Craiova starting the 8th of February.
The director Alexandru Solomon was accompanied to the gala shows in Bucharest and the other cities by the former Radio Free Europe editors: Emil Hurezeanu, Neculai Constantin Munteanu, Nestor Ratesh, Andrei Voiculescu and by Vasile Paraschiv, dissident, worker in Ploieşti, who, although he was able to get to Paris during the communist regime, only stayed in the French capital long enough to tell the journalists about the terrifying deeds of the communists in Romania and then got back to Ploieşti, where he was beaten by the Securitate officers.
The French journalist Bernard Poulet, editor in chief of L’Expansion magazine and collaborator for Cold Waves, was present at the last gala shows for the discussions with the audience. Poulet had come to Romania in 1982 in order to interview Vasile Paraschiv, but, instead of meeting him, he was “welcomed” and beaten by the Securitate officers. Poulet says about Paraschiv that he is “Romania’s Lech Walesa, who lacked the support of «Solidarity» movement”.
2008, January 15
Recently, Alexandru Solomon’s documentary has been selected to the greatest Scandinavian film event – Göteborg International Film Festival – that will take place from the 25th of January to the 4th of February. Cold Waves have also been invited to London International Documentary Film Festival and to Visions du Réel, which will take place in Nyon, Switzerland. After the world premiere in Sibiu, last year, the film was selected for the prestigious international documentary film festivals DOK Leipzig, IDFA Amsterdam, Alpe Adria Trieste.
2008, January 10th
Up to this moment, the film has gathered over 5000 viewers, which makes it the Romanian documentary with the greatest number of spectators so far. This is a very impressive number, considering that Cold Waves is not a fiction feature, but one of the few documentaries screened in the Romanian cinemas.
The last screenings of Cold Waves in Bucharest, between the 25th and the 31st of January, will be hosted by Studio Cinema.
2007, December 8th
Alexandru Solomon, the director of the documentary « Cold Waves / Război pe calea undelor », together with part of the crew and some of the protagonists of the film, travels the country to meet the viewers from several cities where his film runs, within special screenings.The film was screened in the cinemas in Oradea (30th of November), Cluj (the 1st of December), and Iaşi (the 7th of December) and will continue its journey in Constanţa (the 13th of December) and Timişoara (the 14th of December).Starting next year, the film will be screened in Ploieşti (January, 18) and Braşov (January, 19), as special screenings in the presence of the crew members, also inTârgu Mureş (the 1st of February), Craiova (the 8th of February), and in some cities where there are no cinemas anymore, in locations that allow optimum screening, such as cultural centres.
The premieres are followed by Q&A sessions with the audience.
2007, December 1st
On the 1st of December, Cinema Victoria in Cluj was almost too small for the 280 viewers who took part in the premiere of the film Cold Waves/Război pe calea undelor and the locals considered Alexandru Solomon’s film one of the most relevant events their city has witnessed on the Romanian National Day in a long time. Doina Cornea and Ana Hompot, who appear in the film, were present at the screening, and so were listeners of the radio and Michael Shafir, the former director of the Research Institute of Free Europe.
The film is distributed by Hi Film Production and it was presented in film festivals in Amsterdam, Leipzig and Sibiu. This week, Cold Waves is running Hollywood Multiplex and Cityplex in Bucharest, at Lotus Hollywood Multiplex (Oradea), Republica Cinema (Iaşi). Starting the 14th of December, the film can also be seen in Timişoara, at Studio Cinema and in Constanţa, at Cityplex.
2007, November 30
Former journalists of Radio Free Europe, such as Emil Hurezeanu, Neculai Constantin Munteanu, Nestor Ratesh, Andrei Voiculescu, Dan Comşa, and Liviu Tofan attended the premiere in Bucharest, on the 29th of November, at Scala Cinema.
On the stage of the cinema that hosted the Bucharest release, the well-known documentary director Alexandru Solomon, accompanied by protagonists and the crew of the film, said that he hoped his film about the assassinations and damages of the Romanian communist regime during the war against Radio Free Europe would help the story find “a fair ending”.
Emil Hurezeanu, one of the “heroes” in the film, thinks “we owe Alexandru Solomon our awakening. We, who were here, reminisced about our life. I like to believe this story means something, especially for the young.”
”I was part of the generation who listened to music on Radio Free Europe and little by little I started to listen to other radio shows too”, declared, for example, young filmmaker Adrian Sitaru when exiting the theatre. „It was an extremely emotional film for me because the voices had stayed in mind and now I saw the faces and the place where the show was broadcast, too. I think it’s a big and necessary film. I, for one, am very grateful for the way this film touched me and the way it made plunge into memories and feelings I had forgotten.”