Merge și-așa (Close Enough) is a satire about cinema, music and life, the film follows the story of Giani. A Roma boy who travels – in a Europe torn apart by the Second World War – from Bucharest to Paris to meet his idol, Django Reinhardt, in hope of becoming a great guitar player, just like him. Parallel to Giani’s story, we see the drama of the film-maker himself in the face of real-life constraints, all spiced with hundreds of references of the seventh art.
The Shifting Pictures film festival showcases European cinema that addresses contemporary societal issues. Four directors and their films will visit Prague, Belgrade, Bucharest, and Amsterdam. The festival aims to reflect on the inner threats facing Europe, such as the rise of right-wing politics, populism, and the challenges surrounding identity.