It takes only two little steps to uncover a couple of digital treasures of Romanian origin in the publicly available digital archive at the Toronto Public Library.

They are free children books published in … 1896.

Here is how to get them.

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1. Go to and follow the Digital Archive link.


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Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu was warmly received last night at the Toronto International Film Festival 2015, with his most recent movie The Treasure.

He was here in Toronto before, but the presenter had some great words about Corneliu.

This was the second of three projections for THE TREASURE at TIFF 2015, on the evening of Thursday 17 September 2015.

The room was packed.

Watch below:

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I learned a valuable lesson about movies during my formative years, while sinking deep into productions by the likes of Ingmar Bergman, Michelangelo Antonioni or Andrei Tarkovski. A good movie provides answers to complex situations, while a great movie is a riddle leaving you –  often frustratingly, but always spiritually rewarding – with questions that you carry outside of the theatre.

One Floor Below – which had its North American premiere at TIFF on Saturday 12 September 2015 (a second screening is on Monday 14 Sep at 8:45 AM at the AGO), also bringing Romanian director Radu Muntean for the first time in Toronto – is of the latter type.

Here is what happened last night.

Radu Muntean (right) at the North American premiere of ONE FLOOR BELOW in Toronto, 12 September 2015
Radu Muntean (right) at the North American premiere of ONE FLOOR BELOW in Toronto, 12 September 2015

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TIFF – the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival – lights up this beautiful city every September.

There is a healthy dose of cool Romanian cinema for us to sample this year, including new productions from established directors such as Corneliu Porumboiu (Police, Adjective) and Radu Muntean (The paper will be blue).

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