A love story with a ghost husband, forbidden affairs, destructive mentalities, treasure hunters and soul-searching dramas – five of the films awarded at the Cannes Film Festival, in the Un Certain Regard section, will be screened at the sixth edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest, which will take place 23 – 29 October at Studio Cinema, Elvire Popesco Cinema and CinemaPRO. Three of the films awarded the Un Certain Regard trophies will be screened for the first time in Romania: The High Sun (Jury Prize), Journey to the Shore (Award for Best Director) and Masaan (Special Prize for Promising Future).
Croatia’s submission to the 2016 Oscars, The High Sun / Zvizdan will screen in Bucharest in the presence of the director Dalibor Matanić, one of the most renowned and praised Croatian filmmakers. The first Croatian to be selected for Cannes after the country gained independence, in 1991, The High Sun won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize, presided over by Isabella Rossellini. The High Sun follows three interethnic love stories, in the context of the Croatia-Serbia conflict. They are set in the same idyllic place, but in three different periods, 1991, 2001 and 2011, to enhance the point that certain mentalities have devastating consequences. As noted by Variety at Cannes, the cinematography is utterly breathtaking. Dalibor Matanić is the screenwriter and director, author of nine award-winning features, such as The Cashier Wants to Go to the Seaside (2000), his feature debut, a hit with the audience and critics alike, and Fine Dead Girls (2002). He has also directed short films, theatre plays, commercials and is a member of the European Film Academy.
Destructive mentalities is also the topic of Masaan, directed by Neeraj Ghaywan, winner of the Un Certain Regard Special Prize for Promising Future, awarded ex aequo with Nahid by Ida Panahandeh. The passionate Masaan, a debut feature, signals the arrival of a promising new name, according to India Express, commending the young director’s ability of weaving the destinies of people dominated by the caste system in India and of calling attention to the ways in which the Facebook generation tries to break free of it. In the memorable Masaan – which translates to “crematorium” – the characters’ fates orbit around the Ganges and the holy place where Hindu bodies are taken and burned, in a city that is corrupt and fallen.
The Un Certain Regard Award for Best Director was bestowed upon the Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa, that unaffectedly overlaps the world of the dead with that of the living in Journey to the Shore / Kishibe no tabi. One day, the husband that has been dead for three years returns home and asks his wife to join him in a journey through the villages that he saw before he drowned. A delicate and touching film, helmed by one of the most powerful personalities of today’s Japanese cinema. Kiyoshi Kurosawa has directed over 15 films and won numerous awards at well-known festivals, including the Un Certain Regard Award with Tokyo Sonata (2008).
Also competing for the Best Film in a Foreign Language Oscar, this time on behalf of Iceland, is the recipient of numerous awards Rams / Hrútar, directed by Grímur Hákonarson, “an exceptional tale of exceptional stubbornness”, as the TwitchFilm headline reads. The emotional drama about two brothers that live side by side, but who are separated by 40 years of silence, has began its journey with the Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes. When a fatal illness threatens to strike what they hold dearest – their flocks of sheep – the two need to unite forces.
Our festival audience will also have the opportunity to (re)watch The Treasure, Corneliu Porumboiu’s film awarded the Un Certain Talent prize, shared by the entire cast, in the same section. The humorous adventure of a handful of treasure hunters is inspired by real events, the details of which will be revealed for the first time at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest, at an event that will be shortly announced.
Unmissable, also from the Un Certain Regard section, is the film One Floor Below by Radu Muntean, highly praised in the international press and drawing comparisons, in terms of story and methods of building tension, with Rear Window, by Alfred Hitchcock. The film tells the story of a man who, after having the misfortune of being the only witness to a domestic row that ends in a murder, has to face up to two very close “neighbors”: one is the murderer, the other is his own conscience.
Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest came into being in 2010 at the initiative of Cristian Mungiu, with the support of Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival. In five years, it has grown into one of the most wide-ranging cultural events in the capital. Between 23 – 29 October, it will bring dozens of films for the first time in Romania, spanning over 100 screenings, some of them with the filmmakers in attendance, as well as master-classes, round tables, retrospectives and other special events. Dheepan, directed by Jacques Audiard, a film awarded the Palm d’Or and highly praised in the international press, will be screened for the first time in Romania at the festival. The film is distributed by Independența Film.
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 Independența Film, ViTo FILM, InterCom Film and Transilvania Film.
The festival is presented by Orange Romania, a long standing partner of the event.
Endorsed by: BRD Groupe Société Générale, Catena
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