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Thousands of people in Bucharest spent their week-end watching Cannes films

October 17th 2016

Sold out screenings, overflowing theatres and long talks with the special guests – the seventh edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest had a spectacular debut in the four theatres hosting it this year:  CinemaPRO, Cinema Elvire Popesco, Cinema Muzeul Țăranului and the Auditorium Hall of the Romanian National Art Museum. Over 10,000 tickets have been sold so far on Eventbook.ro, a large number of them in advance. The week goes on in full swing with Alain Guiraudie, the special guest of the first two days.

Hailed by the audience, director Maren Ade walked on the stage of CinemaPRO accompanied by producer Ada Solomon and members of the Toni Erdmann film crew, at the opening of the festival on October 14, a red carpet night with over 500 guests. Throughout the week-end, actress Mania Akbari had long talks with the audience on the work of the missed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, whom she worked with in the years 2000; theatres were full for the showing of Ten (2002) and Le Goût de la cerise (Taste of Cherry) (1997) showcased in the section Tribute to Abbas Kiarostami. Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen presented on Sunday evening the film that won him the prize of Cannes Certain Regard section, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, and was selected by Finland as its submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, and actor Lucas Prisor introduced the movie Elle. Theatres were brimming for the showing of films such as Juste la fin du monde (It’s Just the End of the World) (d. Xavier Dolan) or American Honey (d. Andrea Arnold) as their screenings were sold out.

After having presented this week-end his film at the first edition of the festival in Cluj-Napoca, Alain Guiraudie will be arriving today in Bucharest for a meeting with the audience here at the premiere of his controversial Rester Vertical, on Monday, October 17, at 21.00, Cinema Elvire Popesco. A second talk with the audience will take place on October 18, after the showing of L’Inconnu du lac, at 18.30, at the same theatre. The provocative French filmmaker will also give an access free masterclass on Tuesday, October 18, at 11.00, at UNATC Cinema Hall (75-77 Matei Voievod st.). The talk will be moderated by the influential film critic and writer Pascal Mérigeau (Le nouvel Observateur).

On Wednesday, October 19, at 18.30, at Cinema Elvire Popesco, one of the most promising Turkish filmmakers, Mehmet Can Mertoğlu, will present his debut film Album – Award Révélation France 4 in Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. Romanian filmmakers were involved in its making – Călin Peter Netzer as one of the producers and Marius Panduru as director of photography.

Until Wednesday, Cinema Muzeul Țăranului will host screenings and meetings with the crews of Romanian films Inimi cicatrizate (Scarred Hearts) (d. Radu Jude), Anișoara (d. Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu), Afacerea Est (d. Igor Cobileanski). In parallel, other theatres will show long anticipated films such as La fille inconnue (The Unknown Girl) d. Jean-Pierre și Luc Dardenne), The Handmaiden (d. Park Chan-wook), Aquarius (d. Kleber Mendonça Filho), Harmonium (d. Koji Fukada) or Ma Loute (d. Bruno Dumont).

The program is available on www.filmedefestival.ro.

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The seventh edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is organized by the Cinemascop Association and Voodoo Films, in partnership with the Embassy of France and the French Institute in Bucharest. It is a cultural project financed by the National Center of Cinematography, SACD / Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers), the Cultural Project Centre of the Bucharest City Hall – ARCUB, within the cultural Program “Bucharest – the In-Visible City” 2016, Romanian Cultural Institute, Goethe Institute and the Embassy of Finland.

Les Films de Cannes à Cluj-Napoca (October 14th – 16th) is a project carried out with the support of the Cluj-Napoca Local Council and City Hall.

The Timișoara edition (October 21st – 22nd) is carried out with the support of the Timișoara City Hall.

The Iași (October 28th – 29th) edition is carried out with the support of Iași City Hall and the Association of Student Journalists in Iași.

The event is supported by the distributors Independenţa Film, Asociația Culturală Macondo, InterCom Film, Parada Film, microFILM, RoImage, Clorofilm.

The festival is presented by Orange Romania, a traditional partner of the event.

Supported by: BRD Groupe Société Générale

The official car of the festival: BMW

With the support of:Catena, Groupama Asigurări, Silva, Cez România, Apa Nova, E.ON România

Partners: Hotel Mercure, S.E.R.V.E, Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații, UPS, Europa Cinemas, Point, UNATC „I. L. Caragiale”, Cinema Muzeul Țăranului, Muzeul Țăranului Român, Muzeul Național de Artă al României

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