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Retrospective Abbas Kiarostami at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest

Abbas Kiarostami, one of the most influential filmmakers of the last decades who died in July this year in Paris, at the age of 76, shall be celebrated with a retrospective at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest (October 14th – 23rd). The special guest for the occasion is actress Mania Akbari, who shall be present at the screenings and will discuss with the audience. The festival starts on Friday, October 14th, and will take place this year at CinemaPRO, Cinema Elvire Popesco, Cinema Muzeul Țăranului and MNAR Auditorium Hall. The program is updated on the website and tickets are available on Eventbook.ro. Some 4,000 tickets have already been sold in advance.

Internationally acclaimed painter, photographer, artist and director, Mania Akbari continuously explores the forms of female identity and the condition of women in Iran. Her films and video projects brought her awards in big international festivals and censorship in her own country. Akbari was exiled from Iran and she’s currently living in London, a theme discussed in the movie Life May Be (2014), co-directed with Mark Cousins and screened in Karlovy Vary. Her radical and provocative movies were shown in retrospectives organized by the British Film Institute (2013), Denmark Film Institute (2014) or the Oldenburg IFF (2014). She also had numerous exhibitions in prestigious galleries, such as Tate Modern. Her most recent project is A Moon For My Father, co-directed with the British artist Douglas White.

Four of the movies that brought the Iranian director international recognition will be screened in the section Abbas Kiarostami Tribute. Close-Up (1990), which was shown in numerous international festivals, focuses on a fanatical unemployed film lover who cannot resist the temptation of pretending to be a famous filmmaker, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, whom he resembles and who is a real-life character. The boundaries between fiction and documentary are blurred, Kiarostami himself acting his own role. Through the Olive Trees (1994), selected in the Cannes competition, follows a film crew that gets to a village devastated by an earthquake, in Northern Iran, in order to make the movie And Life Goes On

Taste of Cherry brings him in 1997 the highest accolade, the Palme d’Or in Cannes. An evening before the award was given, the film dealing with suicide, banned until then in Iran was granted screening permission in a version more respectful of Islam.

With Ten (2002), also selected in Cannes competition, the director showed that one can make cinema with a little resources. Shot in a car, with Mania Akbari as leading actress, Ten

is a collection of ten scenes about the lives of 10 women. Akbari who gained international recognition with this role shall talk about this experience.

Abbas Kiarostami (June 22, 1940, Teheran – July 4, 2016, Paris) was a director, scriptwriter, photographer and film producer. Kiarostami signed over 40 films and became an iconic figure of Iranian culture, his movies being a nuanced portrayal of Iran. He stands out in festivals from the very beginning, starting with the short The Bread and Alley. After the Iranian revolution in 1979, the filmmaker decided to stay in the country because his work, he said, could not have survived the uprooting. International fame came with the “Koker Trilogy”: Where Is the Friend’s Home? (1987), And Life Goes On (1992) and Through the Olive Trees (1994), the latter being selected for the Cannes competition. Close-Up (1990), Taste of Cherry (1997), which was awarded the Palme d’Or in Cannes, and The Wind Will Carry Us (1999), which received an award at Venice International Film Festival, consolidate his reputation of an original filmmaker remarkable for his art of diffusing the frontiers between reality and fiction. Some of his last films, Certified Copy (2010), starring Juliette Binoche, and Like Someone in Love (2012) were both released in Cannes.


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.


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

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