The comedy Of Snails and Men (by Tudor Giurgiu) will have its UK premiere in the official competition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (June 19-30).
Founded in 1947, EIFF is the world's oldest film festival and one of the most important scenes of the international film industry. Recently, the festival hosted the international premieres of films such as The Hurt Locker, Fish Tank, Man on Wire, Control, Tsotsi, Billy Elliot. In 2010, Romanian cinema was present in the EIFF program with If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (by Florin Șerban), Police, Adjective (by Corneliu Porumboiu) and The Cage (by Adrian Sitaru)
Of Snails and Men competes for the festival trophy alongside nine other films: Before Snowfall (Norway, by Hisham Zaman), Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari (Russia, by Alexey Fedorchenko), Fat Shaker (Iran, by Mohammad Shirvani), I.D. (India, by Kamal KM), Joy (Greece, by Elias Giannakakis), Juvenile Offender (South Korea, by Kang Yi-kwan), The Last Station (Chile-Germany, by Cristian Soto, Catalina Vergara), Noche (Argentina, by Leonardo Brzezicki), A World Not Ours (UK-Lebanon-Denmark, by Mahdi Fleifel).
The film is scheduled on the 28th and the 29th of June, in the presence of its director, Mr. Tudor Giurgiu.
Of Snails and Men is one of the most successful Romanian films of the past decade and, also, one of the most internationally accomplished: the Special Jury prize winner at the 28th edition of Warsaw Film Festival and ex-aequo winner (with the Belgian film Offline, by Peter Monsaert) of the Meeting Point section of the Valladolid International Film Festival. In addition, Of Snails and Men was the 2013 recipient of the Bridging the Borders award for Best Film at the Los Angeles' SEEFest (May 2-6).
Of Snails and Men is a French-Romanian joint venture co-produced by Libra Film (Romania) and Agat Films (France).