One of the most highly regarded filmmakers of today, Jacques Audiard, winner of the Palme d’Or in 2015 for Dheepan, will meet the Romanian audience for the first time at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest festival (23 – 29 October). The director will present his film, answer audience questions and hold a master-class at the National University of Theatre and Film (UNATC) on Monday, October 26, at 11:00. A focus dedicated to him is part of the festival’s program, where another two of his works will be screened: De battre mon cœur s’est arrêté / The Beat That My Heart Skipped and Un prophète / A Prophet.
Jacques Audiard (63 years old) is bringing to Bucharest a film that is tackling today’s difficult realities. Dheepan follows the paths of three immigrants from Sri Lanka – a former soldier, a young girl and small boy – that pretend they are a family and try to make ends meet in their new world, somewhere on the outskirts of Paris. For the starring role, the director picked an amateur actor that shared a similar backstory with that of the character: Jesuthasan Antonythasan fought for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam organization and was jailed in numerous countries, before seeking asylum in France in 1997, at just 25 years old. At Cannes, Audiard said that it was his hope that this film may contribute to the improvement of these people’s lives.
A master of celebrating the outsider and author of some very intense films, Audiard began his career as assistant director to Roman Polanski on The Tenant (1976), but directed his first film only 18 years later, in 1994. See How They Fall, a road movie starring Mathieu Kassovitz and Jean-Louis Trintignant, brought him his first selection at Cannes, in the Critics’ Week, and the first of his many trophies – the César Award for Best First Feature Film. The two starring actors also appeared in his next film, A Self Made Hero (1996), winner of the Award for Best Script at Cannes. Beginning with the 70’s, he has written over 20 scripts for films and TV shows, some of them together with his father, the writer Michel Audiard. He has directed music videos, such as for the well-known song Comme elle vient by Noir Désir, and occasionally appeared on screen, as well.
His seven features brought him dozens of awards. Sur mes lèvres / Read My Lips (2001) again confirmed his talent for writing screenplays, winning the César for Best Script; The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2006), the chronicle of a destructive father-son relationship, was a critical and box office success, winning eight César awards, including Best Film, but also the BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film. He gained international notoriety for his thriller The Prophet, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, nominated to the Oscars and Golden Globes, winner of a BAFTA and nine Césars. In it, talented actor Tahar Rahim plays the part of a young man forced to adapt to prison life. Next, there followed an emotional love story, De rouille et d’os / Rust And Bone (2012), starring Marion Cotillard who garnered numerous prizes for her performance.
His next project, following Dheepan, will also be his first in the English language – The Sisters Brothers, a western based on the book by Patrick deWitt, starring John C. Reilly.
Jacques Audiard is the second Palme d’Or winner to attend Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest in the same year that he won the most important film festival award in the world, after the visit made by Abdellatif Kechiche (La vie d’Adele / Blue Is The Warmest Color) to Bucharest, in 2013.
Over 30 of the films selected for Cannes, 12 of them award winners, will be screened for the first time in Romania between 23 – 29 October, at the cinemas Studio, Elvire Popesco and CinemaPRO. The full list of films may be found at www.filmedefestival.ro
Dheepan will be distributed in Romania by Independenţa Film, premiering on screens nationwide on October 30.
The sixth edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is organized by Cinemascop Association and Voodoo Films, in partnership with the French Embassy and the French Institute in Bucharest. It is a cultural project financed with the support of the Ministry of Culture, the National Cinema Centre, ArCuB, as part of the cultural program “Ești București” 2015 (the Centre for Cultural Projects of the City Hall of Bucharest) and the Romanian Cultural Institute.
The event is supported by the film distributors Independenţa Film, ViTo FILM, InterCom Film, Transilvania Film, Freeman Entertainment.
The festival is presented by Orange România, a long standing partner of the event.
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