French director Alain Guiraudie, famous for his erotic thriller L’Inconnu du lac (Stranger by the Lake), is a special guest to this year’s Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest (October 14th– 23rd). The filmmaker will be presenting his new film, Rester Vertical (Staying Vertical), which the international media holds to have been the most shocking movie at Cannes this year. He will be joining the other guests already announced: Israeli director Eran Kolirin, who will be showing Beyond the Mountains and Hills and Turkish filmmaker Mehmet Can Mertoğlu, who will talk about his debut feature Album, awarded Prix Révélation France 4 in Semaine de la Critique.
This year’s Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest will take place at CinemaPRO, Cinema Elvire Popesco, Cinema Muzeul Țăranului and the Auditorium Hall at the National Art Museum. The first tickets will be released this week on http://www.eventbook.ro.
Rester Vertical was the first shock in the festival, as stated by a headline in Le Nouvel Observateur, the magazine describing the film as an ‘’unsummarizable fable, equally odd and queer, crazier and more fantastic than the fabulous film that propelled the filmmaker three years ago’’. One of the revelations in French cinema this year, actor Damien Bonnard plays a scriptwriter struggling to find inspiration who goes in search of the wolf in the mountains in the South of France. There he meets Maria, who gives him a child, and then abandons them. Left with a child on his hands and going through a series of uncommon events, he tries to remain standing. Graphic sex scenes and a natural childbirth on camera have led to it being labeled a ‘’shocking film’’, French critics comparing it to Pier Paolo Pasolini’s movies.
Scriptwriter and director Alain Guiraudie (aged 52) has authored five feature films so far and has been selected four times at Cannes. In 2001, Jean-Luc Godard called his medium length film Ce vieux rêve qui bouge (That Old Dream That Moves), screened in Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, ‘’the best film in Cannes’’. In 2009, he showed in the same section Le Roi de l’évasion (The King of Escape) and in 2003 won the Un Certain Regard Prize for Best Director for L’Inconnu du lac (Stranger by the Lake), presented at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest by actor Christophe Paou. In Bucharest, Alain Guiraudie will talk to the audience and the press about his latest film.
Bewildering scenes are also displayed in black comedy Ma Loute (Slack Bay), Bruno Dumont’s (P’tit Quinquin, L’Humanité) new film shown in Cannes competition. Bruno Dumont is a distinctive voice that Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest has celebrated in its previous editions. In reference to his latest film a headline in Le Monde reads ‘’Romeo and Juliet set in the world of cannibals and cognates’’, the magazine praising Dumont’s humor and singular style. The period film centers on a devouring love story between Ma Loute, the son of a fishermen family, and Billie, the daughter of a rich and decadent bourgeois family. The cast is one of its strengths: Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Jean-Luc Vincent and Raph.
Forbidden passions are also touched on by another period film in Cannes competition Mal de pierres / From the Land of the Moon (r. Nicole Garcia), starring Marion Cotillard and Louis Garrel. Cotillard plays a young woman, married by her parents to a man of their choosing, who insists on living her dream of finding true love in an age when this is considered scandalous. Or even a sign of insanity.
For the first time in Romania, film lovers will also have the chance of seeing another period film having competed for this year’sPalme d’Or: the erotic psychological thriller The Handmaiden directed by Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Thirst), awarded the Prix Vulcain de l’Artiste-Technicien. The well-known South-Korean director has adapted the novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, with the setting changed from the Victorian era to 1930’s Korea under Japanese rule. A maiden arrives on a vast estate owned by a woman and her domineering uncle with a secret plan. Everything goes as planned until the two women discover some unexpected emotions. Sex scenes have caused the film to be banned from viewing by people under 18 in some countries.
Another famous Asian author, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, is making a come-back with After the Storm, ‘’an achingly beautiful ode to the quiet complexities of family life’’ as The Telegraph calls it. Screened in Un Certain Regard, the film follows a divorced man struggling to pay child support and to find a place in his family’s and son’s life. Rescue comes with a typhoon that forces the whole family to spend a night together. Hirokazu Kore-eda’s previous film, Like Father, Like Son, won the Jury Prize in Cannes in 2013.
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.
The films Ma Loute and The Handmaiden are distributed in Romania by the Cultural Association Macondo.
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
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