France and Belgium’s entries for the 2016 Oscars, a marathon film of 338 minutes inspired by “One Thousand and One Nights” and the winner of the Camera d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival are just a few of the surprises at the sixth edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest. Dozens of films showing for the first time in Romania, over 100 screenings, some of them with the filmmakers in attendance, as well as master-classes, round tables, retrospectives and other special events are available to the public between 23 – 29 October at Studio Cinema, Elvire Popesco Cinema and CinemaPRO.
“Nothing, or everything, takes you by surprise” according to The Guardian review of Miguel Gomes’ film, a cinematic adventure spanning 338 minutes in which Scheherazade’s stories from “One Thousand and One Nights” are transported to present day Portugal. Split into three parts and screened at Cannes in the Director’s Fortnight section, Arabian Nights is funny, powerful and surreal. The second part, Arabian Nights: Vol. 2 – The Desolate One, will represent Portugal at the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film. The audience of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest will have the opportunity to watch the marathon film in its entirety and, afterwards, there will be a Q&A session with the director Miguel Gomes (Tabu) during a live Skype appearance.
Intense and masterfully shot, according to The Hollywood Reporter, La Tierra y la Sombra / Land and Shade by César Augusto Acevedo (Columbia) won no less than three awards at Cannes: Camera d’Or, the prize for the best first feature from the entire selection, and the SACD and Révélation France 4 prizes in the International Critics’ Week section. A man returns home and finds his son ill and his farm in ruin. 17 years after abandoning his family, he will try to save it and regain his place.
A surprise pick to represent France at the 2016 Oscars, the Turkey-France co-production Mustang proved to be one of the most praised films of the Cannes selection, an Oriental take on The Virgin Suicides. The director Deniz Gamze Ergüven helms her debut feature film, a moving and subtle drama, with political implications, about five teenage sisters whose instincts are suppressed by their strict family and by their traditions, while living in a profoundly patriarchal society. “I really wanted to uncover what it is like to be a girl, a woman in Turkey today, it is a burning and contentious issue in Turkish society, where the female voice is rarely heard”, the director said of her motivation for Euronews. The film won the Europa Cinemas Label prize at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs and the Grand Prize at Sarajevo.
The Brand New Testament, directed by Jaco Van Dormael (known for Mr. Nobody), is the “funniest, most delirious and inventive” film at Cannes 2015, according to the French press, and will represent Belgium at the 2016 Oscars. The film’s departure point is this: “God is real. He lives in Bruxelles. He is horrible to his wife and daughter. There’s been a lot of talk about his son, but very little about his daughter. His daughter is me. My name is Ea and I am 10 years old. To have my revenge, I’ve texted all of humanity, via SMS, the date of my death”. The reputed Belgian filmmaker’s comedy was cheered by the public at the Director’s Fortnight screening. Starring: Benoît Poelvoorde, Yolande Moreau și Catherine Deneuve.
The social comedy La vie en grand / Learn by Heart, by Mathieu Vadepied, was the closing film for the Semaine de la Critique section at Cannes and charmed the audience with its optimism and humour. The story concerns two kids in the outskirts of Paris that try to leave their neighbourhood’s world. Mathieu Vadepied allowed himself to be inspired by the style of Les Intouchables — the comedy that was a huge box-office hit in France – for which he handled the cinematography.
All the films will be shown for the very first time in Romania at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest.
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 Independența Film, ViTo FILM, InterCom Film and Transilvania Film.
The festival is presented by Orange Romania, a long standing partner of the event.
Endorsed by: BRD Groupe Société Générale, Catena
The official car of the festival is BMW.
With the support of: Groupama Asigurări
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