One of the most important cultural events of autumn, Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest, comes back between October 14th and 23rd, for the seventh year in a row. This is an extended edition, with over 100 screenings of the most anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festival selection.
I, Daniel Blake, the film for which British filmmaker Ken Loach won his second Palme d’Or, will have its Romanian premiere. For the first time, this year the festival will last for 10 days and include Cluj-Napoca and Timișoara, with preview showings of Cannes films in the presence of special guests. The Cluj Edition will take place during the weekend October 14th – 16th at Victoria Cinema.
This year again, important names of the world cinema will meet their audience in Romania for the first time, for screenings of their films. The workshops, master-classes and special screenings will once again turn Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest into one of the most prominent cultural events of this autumn. Last year, the festival had over 15,000 spectators, many sold out screenings and half of the total number of tickets sold in advance.
Very energetic for his age, 80-year-old Ken Loach is one of the nine directors to twice win the Grand Prix of the Cannes Film Festival – the first time in 2006, with The Wind that Shakes the Barley. He is one of the favorite directors in Cannes, with more than 15 films screened on the Croisette, since 1970. Focusing on social injustice and inequality, filmmaker Ken Loach has always been preoccupied by the fate of the working class. According to Variety “I, Daniel Blake is one of Loach’s best films”.
Together with his longtime scriptwriter Paul Laverty, the director traveled across Scotland to get a closer glimpse of the problems of the social system. This was the inspiration for the character Daniel Blake, marvelously portrayed by actor Dave Johns. A heart attack forces Blake, a 59-year-old Newcastle carpenter to retire and to apply for social aid for the first time. He is trapped in a Kafkaesque system, with tiresome trips to the employment agency and endless questionings about his health and work qualifications.
“I think dealing with a cruel bureaucracy is something that crosses borders and people understand the frustration of being constantly trapped by call centres, by people who won’t give you the help you need.” Ken Loach said.
The film I, Daniel Blake is distributed in Romania by Independența Film.
Initiated in 2010 by director Cristian Mungiu, with the support of the Cannes Film Festival General Delegate, Thierry Frémaux, Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest created a trend: in 2014 a similar event was inaugurated in Buenos Aires under the title Semana de Cine del Festival de Cannes. During the first six editions, the audience enjoyed memorable meetings with great personalities such as Jacques Audiard, Gaspar Noé, Abdellatif Kechiche, Elia Suleiman, Amat Escalante, Bertrand Tavernier, Sandrine Bonnaire, Emmanuelle Bercot, Bérenice Bejo, Michel Hazanavicius, Sergei Loznitsa, Kornel Mundruczo or Thierry Frémaux.
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 Invisible City” 2016 and the Romanian Cultural Institute.
Les Films de Cannes à Cluj-Napoca is a project carried out with the support of the Cluj-Napoca Local Council and City Hall and promotes the candidacy of the city of Cluj-Napoca for the title of European Capital of Culture in 2021.
The Timișoara edition is carried out with the support of the Timișoara City Hall.
The event is supported by the distributors Independenţa Film, ViTo FILM, InterCom Film, microFILM.
The festival is presented by Orange Romania, a traditional partner of the event.
Supported by: BRD Groupe Société Générale
Official car of the festival: BMW
With the support of: Groupama Asigurări, Silva
Partners: Mercure Hotel, S.E.R.V.E, UPS