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Olivier Assayas in Romania, at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest

October 5th 2016

One of the most renowned French filmmakers, Olivier Assayas, is celebrated at the seventh edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest (October 14th to 23rd). The director will be meeting the audience in Romania at the premiere of his new film, Personal Shopper, winner of the Award for Best Director (ex-aequo) in Cannes, on Thursday, October 20th, at the Auditorium Hall of the National Art Museum (MNAR) and will give a masterclass at the University of Theatre and Film ‘’I.L. Caragiale’’ on October 21st, at 10.00 a.m. Access to the masterclass is free. The Focus Olivier Assayas will be also showcasing three of his most acclaimed films: L’Eau froide (Cold Water) (1994), the high-tech thriller Demonlover (2002) and L’Heure d’été (Summer Hours) (2008), starring Juliette Binoche.

The festival will open on October 14th with the comedy Toni Erdmann, in the presence of director Maren Ade, and will take place this year at CinemaPRO, Cinema Elvire Popesco, Cinema Muzeul Țăranului and MNAR Auditorium Hall. The program is updated on the festival website and tickets are available on Eventbook.ro.

Olivier Assayas (aged 61) has authored over 15 ambitious and eclectic feature films, spanning over three decades. Following literary and art studies, he directs short films, writes scripts and reviews for the magazine Cahiers du Cinéma (1980-1985). Film lover, he writes about genre film and Hollywood and was one of the first European critics to call attention to the new Asian cinema. His debut, Désordre (Disorder), which received at award at Venice Festival in 1986, validates him as an important voice of his generation. Then, L’Eau froide (Cold Water) (1994) and Irma Vep (1996), shown in Cannes, grant him international notoriety. Cannes competition hosted also the premieres of Les Destinées sentimentales (Sentimental destinies) (2000), Demonlover (2002), Clean (2004), for which Maggie Cheung won the Award for Best Actress, and Sils Maria (Clouds of Sils Maria) (2014). The success of films such as L’Heure d’été (Summer Hours) (2008), Carlos (2010), Après Mai (Something in the Air) (2012), which received multiple international awards, make him one of the most acclaimed French directors.

Personal Shopper is a supernatural thriller, that The Guardian describes as ‘’unclassifiable’’, where  Kristen Stewart is a young woman working as personal shopper for a model all the while waiting for her recently deceased twin brother to give her a sign.

Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest has some more surprises in store for film lovers. Two films directed by Jim Jarmusch, both of them included in Cannes’s selection this year, will be shown for the first time in Bucharest: Paterson and the documentary Gimme Danger which will officially close the festival on October 23. Gimme Danger recounts the saga of The Stooges, one of the biggest rock bands of all times, where Iggy Pop made his debut, and who laid the basis of what we call today punk and alternative rock. The star joined Jim Jarmusch for the film’s premiere in Cannes.

Paterson, selected in Cannes’s competition, celebrates ordinary life, with its small triumphs and failures and its poetry. Adam Driver plays a driver in Paterson, New Jersey, leading a simple, routine life, but who’s observant of the poetry of small things and gestures around him. Charming and moving, Paterson got an enthusiastic reception from international critics, being viewed as one of the American’s filmmaker most ‘’radiant’’ works.

One of the roughly 30 premieres in the festival will be dedicated to a charity cause: the money from the tickets sold to the screening of the Palme d’Or winner, I, Daniel Blake, on Saturday, October 15, 21.15, at CinemaPRO, will be donated to the campaign Auzul e un dar, nu-l ignora! (Hearing is a gift! Don’t ignore it!). Tickets are already available on www.eventbook.ro. The campaign is an initiative of Televiziunea Română (Romanian Public Television) and Radio România (Romanian Public Radio), in partnership with Asociația Audiologilor din România (Romanian Audiologists Association) and Societatea Română de Otorinolaringologie Pedriatică (Romanian Society for Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology) and aims to furnish maternities in Romania with equipment for hearing screening. 2 Euro donations are welcome via SMS at 8834.


Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest unfolds this year from October 14th to 23rd 2016, with an extended edition and the most anticipated films in Cannes Festival selection. For the first time, selected films will be shown simultaneously in Cluj-Napoca, Iași and Timișoara. Special guests: French director Alain Guiraudie with Rester Vertical (Staying Vertical), held as the most shocking film in this year’s edition, Israeli director Eran Kolirin with Beyond the Mountains and Hills, and Turkish filmmaker Mehmet Can Mertoğlu, awarded the Prix Révélation France 4 in Semaine de la Critique for Album.

The Managing Talents conference will be another one-of-a-kind event in Bucharest. It will take place on October 22ndat Cinema Elvire Popesco. The guests to the conference are Ilene Feldman (talent manager, LBI Entertainment, USA), Avy Kaufman (casting director, USA), Richard Cook (Lisa Richard Agency, Ireland), Georg Georgi (Das Imperium, Germany). For details about tickets and registration please go to filmedefestival.ro/2016/managing-talents/. The event is presented by BRD Group Société Générale.

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

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