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Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest kicks off! Over 6000 tickets sold in advance

October 13th 2016

One of the most anticipated events this fall kicks off on Friday, October 14 and will enwrap Bucharest for ten days. Over 6000 tickets have already been sold in advance on Eventbook.ro for the premieres of films shown in Cannes. Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest will take place this year at CinemaPRO, Cinema Elvire Popesco, Cinema Muzeul Țăranului and MNAR Auditorium Hall. The program is available at www.filmedefestival.ro.

The official opening will be on Friday, starting 18.30, at CinemaPRO, showcasing Toni Erdmann, in the presence of director Maren Ade, that will be talking with the audience at the end of the screening. The comedy shot almost entirely in Bucharest has seduced international media in Cannes, winning the Critics’ Prize – FIPRESCI and will be representing Germany at the 2017 Academy Awards. Moreover, Maren Ade will be meeting film lovers at the screening of Everyone Else/ Alle Anderen (2009), another successful film by the German director, winner of the Jury Grand Prix and Silver Bear for Best Actress  (Birgit Minichmayr) in Berlin.

Artist Mania Akbari is another special guest of the first festival week-end. She will attend the screening of Abbas Kiarostami films. The section Tribute to Abbas Kiarostami will feature several of the Iranian’s director remarkable films: Close-Up (1990), Through the Olive Trees (1994), Le Goût de la cerise/ Taste of Cherry (Palme d’Or, Cannes 1997) and Ten (2002), starring Mania Akbari in the leading role. Kiarostami passed away in July this year in Paris, aged 76.

Saturday October 15, will be the Golden Day at CinemaPRO. The winners of the three most important awards this year will be screened for the first time in Romania throughout a single day. The marathon will start at 13.30 with The Woman Who Left, director Lav Diaz’s latest film, and winner of the Golden Lyon in Venice, followed at 18.00 by Fire at Sea (r. Gianfranco Rosi), the documentary having received the Golden Bear in Berlin. The winner of the Palme d’Or, I Daniel Blake (d. Ken Loach) will be screened starting 21.15.

Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen, the big winner of Cannes’s Un Certain Regard section with The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, will be attending the screening of his film at Cinema Elvire Popesco on Sunday, starting 18.30. His remarkable debut is inspired from a real story and will be Finland’s submission to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

The screenings featured in the Focus Olivier Assayas, the most prominent guest of this year’s edition, will also start this week-end: Demonlover, Summer Hours, Cold Water. The notorious French director will give an access free master class at UNATC on October 21, at 11.00, moderated by film critic Michał Oleszczyk (Rogerebert.com). French director Alain Guiraudie (Staying Vertical, L’Inconnu du lac) will also give a masterclass on October 18, at 11.00, at UNATC’s Cinema Hall. The masterclass will be moderated by film critic Pascal Mérigeau (Le nouvel Observateur).

Other titles screened this week-end include Xavier Dolan’s Juste la fin du monde (It’s Only the End of the World) (Grand Prix), American Honey (d. Andrea Arnold, Jury Prize), Ma’Rosa (Award for Best Actress – Jaclyn Jose), Elle (d. Paul Verhoeven), France’s submission to the Academy Awards, The Fixer, the latest film by Adrian Sitaru, and the film Și va fi…. The latter is co-production of Buftea and Delta Film (Moscow) studios, directed by Moldavian filmmaker Valeriu Jereghi and shot by director of photography Vivi Drăgan Vasile, screened in Cannes Un Certain Regard in 1993. Several members of the cast and crew will attend the showing.

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The festival will open on October 14 with the comedy Toni Erdmann, in the presence of director Maren Ade. Renowned French filmmaker Olivier Assayas will meet the audience at the premiere of his new film Personal Shopper, winner of the award for best director (ex-aequo) in Cannes, and will give a free-access master class at UNATC on October 21, at 11.00. In addition, film critics Pascal Mérigeau (Le Nouvel Observateur) and Michał Oleszczyk (Rogerebert.com), one of the best known Polish critics, will introduce and moderate talks with the festival’s guests. Bucharest will be receiving director Alain Guiraudie, with Staying Vertical, held to be the most shocking film in Cannes this year, Israeli director Eran Kolirin, with Beyond the Mountains and Hills, Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen, whose debut The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki won the Un Certain Regard Prize and will be representing Finland at the Academy Awards, Mehmet Can Mertoğlu, winner of the Prix Révélation France 4 in Semaine de la Critique for Album.

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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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