The renowned French actress, writer and director Emmanuelle Bercot is coming to Romania for the first time, where she will be opening Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest (23 – 29 October) with a screening of her film La Tête haute / Standing Tall, which also kicked off the festival on the French Riviera.
Emmanuelle Bercot is the second woman film director in history to have opened the Cannes Film Festival, after Diane Kurys with A Man in Love in 1987. Her films have been selected in Cannes, Venice and Berlin, while her acting career has garnered sterling reviews, making Bercot one of the most important voices in French cinema. During the gala on the 23rd of October, the star will meet the audience and participate in a Q&A session after the screening. The movie-going audience will also have the opportunity to watch My King / Mon Roi, the drama that brought Bercot the Award for Best Actress in Cannes, ex aequo with Rooney Mara (Carol).
This year, the film written and directed by her, Standing Tall – her fourth feature film – was chosen to open the Cannes Film Festival, during a star-studded ceremony. Starring Catherine Deneuve and Benoît Magimel, Standing Tall follows the itinerary of Malony, from age six to eighteen, through the juvenile justice system, and the tireless efforts of a judge and a counselor to save him. The young actor Rod Paradot is widely seen in France as this year’s breakthrough.
Emmanuelle Bercot has also received praise for her remarkable performance in Mon Roi, directed by her former collaborator Maïwenn, along with the Award for Best Actress at Cannes 2015. Gala notes that “besides Maïwenn’s talent for shooting love, happiness and to give them a physical, organic shape, Mon Roi owes a great deal to its actors.” Sharing the screen with her, in this drama of a woman that is left bedridden by an accident and finds herself forced to remember the stormy passion for a man, is Vincent Cassel.
Possessing a fascinating personality, Emmanuelle Bercot is known for her films that deal with adolescence, but also for her roles in films authored by Claude Miller, Bertrand Tavernier or Olivier Assayas. She graduated from the famed film school La Fémis, being awarded at Cannes while still a student there – the short film Les Vacances won the Jury Prize in 1997, a film that also marked her first collaboration with future regular Isild le Besco. Bercot followed this with La Puce (1999), her graduation film, an original and courageous work about a teenager who begins her sex life with an older man. Her debut feature, Clément (2001), was screened in Un Certain Regard, while her second, Backstage (2005), was in the official selection of the Venice Film Festival. Both films focus on teenagers and adults that develop intense and bizarre obsessions. For her work as screenwriter, she won the César Award for Poliss, directed by Maïwenn. She became notorious as a film director with On My Way (2013) – in competition at the Berlin Film Festival and nominated for the Césars – in which Catherine Deneuve delivers one of her finest performances.
Along with Standing Tall, also screening out of competition at Cannes were the new film by Woody Allen, An Irrational Man starring Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone and Parker Posey; and Amy by Asif Kapadia, a revealing documentary about the rise and fall of singer Amy Winehouse. Both will be screened at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest, as will Don’t Tell Me The Boy Was Mad, the new film by Robert Guédiguian. The famed French director returns to the subject of the Armenian genocide in Turkey in an intense film that goes in unexpected directions, according to The Guardian. During the ‘80s, Aram, a French-Armenian youth from Marseille, blows up the Turkish ambassador’s car. A young cyclist happening by, Gilles Tessier, is gravely injured. One day, Aram decides to meet his victim and convince him to become a spokesperson for his cause.
Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest will take place between 23 – 29 October, at Studio Cinema, Elvire Popesco Cinema and CinemaPRO.
More about the full list of films announced so far at www.filmedefestival.ro.
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
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