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The big award-winners of Cannes premiere in Romania. Stories featuring martial arts, ogres and lobsters

Twelve of the award winning films of Cannes may be enjoyed for the first time in Romania between 23 and 29 October, at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest. The Palme d’Or winner and the recipients of the prizes for Best Director, Best Script, Best Actor, Best Actress, Camera d’Or and Un Certain Regard will instill some of the excitement and enthusiasm that Cannes generates, this time at cinemas Studio, Elvire Popesco and CinemaPRO. These films are joined by several others that were in competition and have caught the critics’ eye, such as Tale of Tales or Louder than Bombs.

Widely considered the frontrunner in the Palme d’Or race, The Assassin ended up taking home the Award for Best Director at Cannes and was Taiwan’s entry to the 2016 Oscars. Audiences will have the opportunity to watch for the first time in Romania the film by Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien, a beautiful exploration of the history of martial arts, highly acclaimed by the international press. During the Tang dynasty, in the 9th century, a female assassin is ordered to kill a noble she once loved. “Shot for shot, it’s perhaps the most ravishingly beautiful film Hou has ever made, and certainly one of his most deeply transporting”, according to the American magazine Variety. Hou Hsiao-hsien is one of the most important contemporary directors, the author of A City of Sadness (1989), awarded the Golden Lion in Venice.

“I haven’t seen anything quite like it before […] This is the kind of film you have to go back to and check it really happened”, writes The Telegraph about the highly anticipated The Lobster, by Yorgos Lanthimos, winner of three prizes at Cannes: the Jury Prize, a Queer Palm Special Mention – an award for LGBT-relevant films; and the second place Palm Dog – for most charismatic dog. The critics spotted traces of Luis Buñuel and Eugène Ionesco in this bizarre and humorous satire, set in a future dystopia in which single humans are forced to fall in love in 45 days or else they transform into an animal of their choice. But why would anybody want to be a lobster? Colin Farrell is memorable, starring alongside Léa Seydoux, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw and Rachel Weisz, who is also narrating. It is the first English language film of the Greek director, nominated for the Oscar with Dogtooth (2009).

The Mexican writer-director Michel Franco (After Lucia) was certainly right to cast Tim Roth in the starring role in Chronic, winner of the Best Script Award. He is excellent as David, a homecare nurse for the terminally ill, a man of few words who lets his sadness and repressed pain completely engulf his personality. A tough and honest film about loneliness and suffering that has drawn comparisons to Michael Haneke’s Amour.

The Measure of a Man, directed by Stéphane Brizé, has brought the Cannes Award for Best Actor to the well-known French actor Vincent Lindon, the most recent highlight of his lengthy career spanning over three decades. Vincent plays Thierry, “the ultimate grouch”, a 51 year old man who has to answer a relatively simple question: what are you prepared to do in order to keep the job you got after 20 months of looking?

Matteo Garrone, who already has two Grand Jury Prizes to his name, for Gomorra (2008) and Reality (2012), returned to the Cannes competition with Tale of Tales, an adaptation of the world’s first printed fairy tale collection, Pentamerone by Giambattista Basile, published in 1600. An outlandish fantasy world, reigned over by kings, princesses, witches, spirits and ogres, in which Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones and John C. Reilly have the starring roles. Unpredictable and very funny, the film was likened to Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Matteo Garrone met the audience of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest in 2012.

Four years after the Cannes screening of Oslo, 31 August, the Norwegian director Joachim Trier brings together big names such as Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert, David Strathairn and Amy Ryan for Louder than Bombs. The intense and emotional drama of a father and his two sons that have to face their memories, but also their past’s secrets, when they reunite in the family home, three years after losing his wife, their mother, a famous war photographer.

We remind you that also making the journey from the Cannes’ official competition to Bucharest are films such as Dheepan, Palme d’Or winner, Mon roi, the film that brought the Award for Best Actress to Emmanuelle Bercot, special guest in Bucharest, Our Little Sister, Mountains May Depart and Sicario.

The Assassin, The Measure of a Man, Our Little Sister and Dheepan are distributed in Romania by Independența Film. Louder than Bombs is distributed by ViTo Film. The Lobster is brought to Romania by InterComFilm and Sicario, by Freeman Entertainment.

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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 Independenţa Film, ViTo FILM, InterCom Film, Transilvania Film, Freeman Entertainment.

The festival is presented by Orange România, 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

Partners: Mercure Hotel, S.E.R.V.E, Țuca Zbârcea & Associates, UPS, The Chamber of Commerce, French Industry and Agriculture (CCIFER), ELLE, Braiconf

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