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The Golden Day and new films by Nae Caranfil, Radu Jude and Adrian Sitaru at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest

October 7th 2016

An unparalleled marathon of Palme d’Or, Golden Lyon and Golden Bear winners and the premieres of Romanian films directed by Nae Caranfil, Radu Jude, Adrian Sitaru and Igor Cobileanski, amongst others, await film lovers from October 14 to 23 at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest. The festival will take place at CinemaPRO, Cinema Elvire Popesco, Cinema Muzeul Țăranului and MNAR Auditorium Hall. The program is updated on this website and tickets are available on Eventbook.ro.

The Golden Day will be on October 15 at CinemaPRO, showcasing the winners of the most important international festival awards this year. The marathon will start at 13.30 with The Woman Who Left, the latest film by director Lav Diaz, winner of the Golden Lyon in Venice. A woman released after being imprisoned for a crime she did not commit learns that her husband has died and her son is missing. Through his eyes, the Philippine filmmaker examines lucidly a divided society dominated by corruption, privileges and collusion. The marathon continues at 18.00 with Fire at Sea (d. Gianfranco Rosi), a documentary that received the Golden Bear in Berlin, on the distress pushing millions of people to escape Africa and the Middle East. To them, the island of Lampedusa might be the end or a new beginning. Fire at Sea is distributed in Romania by Clorofilm.

Palme d’Or winner, I Daniel Blake, screened for the first time in Romania on October 15 at 21.15, at CinemaPRO, also deals with social issues. The drama of a British carpenter forced to overcome the absurd red-tape after being declared unfit for work has brought Ken Loach his second Palme d’Or after The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006). Receipts from the tickets will be donated to the campaign Auzul e un dar, nu-l ignora! (Hearing is a gift! Don’t ignore it!), an initiative of Televiziunea Română (Romanian Public Television) and Radio România (Romanian Public Radio), in partnership with Asociația Audiologilor din România (Romanian Audiologists Association) and Societatea Română de Otorinolaringologie Pedriatică (Romanian Society for Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology) aiming to furnish maternities in Romania with hearing screening equipment.

This year’s edition will showcase for the first time in Bucharest, at Cinema Muzeul Țăranului, in the presence of the crews, the new works of Nae Caranfil, Radu Jude, Adrian Sitaru, Igor Cobileanski. Nae Caranfil’s comedy, 6,9 pe scara Richter, will be screened on Friday, October 21, at 21.00, in the presence of the director. The story of a theatre actor struggling to jungle a tough part in a musical, a depressively jealous wife and the obsession of the big devastating earthquake, believed by experts to be impending, features it its cast Teodor Corban, Laurențiu Bănescu, Maria Obretin and Simona Arsu. The film will hit the theatres next year and is distributed by Voodoo Films.

One month before its official premiere, Inimi cicatrizate (Scarred Hearts), directed by Radu Jude, a free adaptation of the writings of Max Blecher, winner of the Special Jury Prize in Locarno, will be shown in the festival. The festival’s audience will also get the chance to be the first to see Fixeur, directed by Adrian Sitaru, screened recently in the biggest festival in North America, Toronto IFF, as well as at Tokyo IFF. The drama of a journalist (Tudor Aaron Istodor) questioning his ambitions and profession when documenting a piece about sexual exploitation of under-age girls will be in theatres in January 2017.

The festival will also feature a preview screening of Afacerea Est, directed by Igor Cobileanski, a tragicomedy about two men (Ion Sapdaru and Constantin Pușcașu) who, compelled by poverty and lack of prospects, partner up for business. Republica Moldova is the also the home country of Anișoara, directed by Ana Felicia Scutelnicu (Panihida), that has recently captivated the audience and the media at San Sebastian Festival New Directors competition and at Filmfest München. Shot with non-professional actors in a picturesque village, Anișoara is, according to Variety, a very gently liberating homage to a girl’s first love and coming of age.

Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan will have a preview screening – free access – of Doar o răsuflare (A Mere Breath), that was designated Best Documentary at Sarajevo Film Festival this summer, a film about the deeply contradictory nature of family love. From this fall’s premieres, viewers will have the chance to see Două lozuri (d. Paul Negoescu), a comedy starring Dorian Boguță, Dragoș Bucur and Alexandru Papadopol, but also the three Romanian productions selected in Cannes 2016: Sieranevada (d. Cristi Puiu), Câini (Dogs) (d. Bogdan Mirică), winner of the critics jury prize – FIPRESCI in Un Certain Regard, and Bacalaureat (Graduation) (d. Cristian Mungiu), winner of the award for best director (ex-aequo) 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

With the support of:Catena, Groupama Asigurări, Silva, Cez România, Apa Nova

Partners: Hotel Mercure, S.E.R.V.E, Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații, UPS, Europa Cinemas, Point, UNATC „I. L. Caragiale”, Cinema Muzeul Țăranului, Muzeul Țăranului Român, Muzeul Național de Artă al României

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