Thursday, April 18, 2013

Women in Film: Elisabeta Bostan

By Olivia Maria Hărşan

Born in 1931, Romanian director and screenwriter Elisabeta Bostan has experienced a fruitful and lifelong career in filmmaking. Having developed a passion for playwriting and stage direction as a high schooler, Bostan furthered her interests by enrolling at the Institute of Theatre and Film in Bucharest where she graduated in Film Direction in 1954. Bostan commenced her ouvre with short films and documentaries before moving on to direct her first feature Kid/ Pustiul (1962). However, her most successful films to date are Veronica (1972) and it's sequel Veronica Returns/ Veronica se întoarce (1975) both of which she wrote in collaboration with writer and producer Vasilica Istrate. In 1966 Bostan went on to found the International Student Film Festival in Romania titled 'CineMAiubit'. She is now dean and professor at the same university where she mastered her craft and serves part of the board of directors at the National Centre of Cinematography (CNC).

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