May 28, 2022

may 28, 2022 A roundup of local and world news

FILM The Romanian filmmaker Alexandru Belc Friday night won the award for best director in the "Un Certain Regard" section of the Cannes film festival, for his film 'Metronome'. This is the first fiction feature of the Romanian director, previously known for his documentaries 'Cinema, mon amour' (2015) and '8 March' (2012). The "Un Certain Regard" section is devoted to films with unusual styles by emerging directors seeking international recognition. The awards in the official competition of the 75th Cannes Film Festival will be presented tonight. Eighteen films compete for the Palme d'Or trophy, including "R.M.N" by the Romanian director Cristian Mungiu.

DIPLOMACY The Romanian foreign minister Bogdan Aurescu was received on Friday by the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the sidelines of a trilateral security meeting that brought together the foreign ministers of Romania, Poland and Turkey in Istanbul. Erdogan commended Romania's and Poland's management of the humanitarian crisis entailed by Russia's aggression in Ukraine, while Bogdan Aurescu highlighted Turkey's role at the Black Sea. The Romanian foreign minister also voiced support for NATO's open door policy and for the accession of Sweden and Finland. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Bogdan Aurescu also emphasised the relevance of the bilateral strategic partnership signed in 2011, in the current geopolitical circumstances.

REFUGEES On Friday 8,730 Ukrainian nationals entered Romania, down 2.6% since the previous day. A total of nearly 1,050,000 refugees have crossed the border from Ukraine since the start of the conflict on February 24th. According to the Romanian border police, measures have been taken to strengthen border surveillance and to improve information and data exchanges with other relevant institutions, in order to handle possible problems.

CHURCH The Ukrainian Orthodox Church, previously subordinated to the Russian Patriarchy, announced it would separate from the latter as a result of the invasion in Ukraine, and declared its independence and autonomy. This historic move comes after Russia's Patriarch Kirill voiced full support for president Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine. Part of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church had already splintered from Moscow in 2019. Hundreds of priests have recently signed an open letter calling for Kirill to be tried before a religious tribunal over his stand regarding the conflict in Ukraine.

CONCERT London hosted on Friday night the first concert of the Swedish group ABBA after 40 years. The show, the first in a series of 7, was non-conventional in that it featured digital versions of the 4 artists. The group has been preparing the performances since 2016, using state-of-the-art technology. The musicians attended the show in London as members of the audience. The band separated in 1982, but their music continues to sell, and recently they put out a new album, called "Voyage".

TENNIS The Romanian Irina Begu is playing today against Leolia Jeanjean of France, in the 3rd round of the Roland Garros. On Thursday Begu defeated Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, to be the only Romanian player left in the singles competition of the tournament in Paris. (AMP)
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