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Psychological Horror “The Neon Demon” and Three Oscar Movies, amongst the Premieres at Les films de Cannes à Bucarest

A psychological horror that polarized the international media at Cannes and the French, Spanish, and Philippine submission to the Oscar are some of the 30 premieres in the program of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest (October 14-23). The festival will take place at CinemaPRO, Cinema Elvire Popesco, Cinema Muzeul Țăranului and the Auditorium Hall at the National Art Museum. Tickets are available at Eventbook.ro.

The director for Drive and Only God Forgives, Nicolas Winding Refn, has made a comeback this year at Cannes with a modern “fairytale of beauty as beast” set in the callous fashion world of Los Angeles, a film that has polarized international critics: The Neon Demon. The hyper-stylized psychological horror, where women and men are ready to devour everything that’s pure, follows the spectacular rise of a model (Elle Fanning) and the jealousy and intrigue it yields. A dangerous world where “motel rooms are stalked by beasts both real and metaphorical (Keanu Reeves giving good creep) and photographers are indistinguishable from serial killers” as The Guardian writes.

France’s entry for the Academy Awards 2017, Elle, directed by Paul Verhoeven, was one the media’s favorites at Cannes and a strong contender for the Palme d’Or. It is a psychological thriller infused with black comedy, where Isabelle Huppert plays a woman who, after being raped in her own house, decides to pursue her assailant, and they are both being drawn in a curious and thrilling game. The Evening Standard describes it as “scandalous, funny and shocking, exhilarating and original”.

Ma’ Rosa, directed by Brillante Mendoza and Philippines’s submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, has won actress Jaclyn Jose the Award for Best Actress at Cannes. Mendoza tackles a growing issue in Philippines: small scale drug trafficking. Ma’ Rosa is a mother of four and in the small convenience store she owns with her husband she also sells small amounts of drugs. But they are arrested by the police and their whole life is upended: they must find money to bribe the police officers.

The latest film signed by Pedro Almodóvar, Julieta, is Spain’s submission to the Oscars next year. Inspired by the Runaway trilogy written in 2004 by Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro, the film tells the story of a mother abandoned by her daughter at the age of 18 with no explanation. Julieta goes to great lengths to find her. But the more she looks for her the more she finds how little she knew her own child. Actresses Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte are cast in the leading roles. Five of Almodovar’s films have so far represented Spain at the Academy Awards.

Aquarius, the new film by Kleber Mendonça Filho, acclaimed and hailed in theatres in Brazil, has stirred up controversy in its home country after the Oscars submissions selection committee chose another film, with poor critical reception, Little Secret. The issue of political interference in all areas of social life was raised in the public opinion, the decision being regarded as a “sanction” after the Cannes red carpet protest by the cast of the film against Brazil’s new president Michel Temer. Moreover, based on thin arguments, the film received an 18-plus rating, The New York Times writes, with several Brazilian critics and filmmakers opposing the rating. Aquarius follows the struggle of a 65 year old woman, the last dweller of a building, with a real estate development company that wants to buy her out of her apartment.

Julieta and The Neon Demon are distributed in Romania by Independenţa Film. Elle is distributed in Romania by Intercom Film.


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 and the Romanian Cultural Institute.

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

Partners: CINETIc UNATC „I. L. Caragiale”, Mercure Hotel, S.E.R.V.E, UPS

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