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Thierry Frémaux brings the films of cinema’s inventors – special Lumière screening!

Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, one of the most powerful people in the film industry, returns to Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest (23-29 October) bringing with him a unique program: Lumière! Dozens of film by the brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière, two of the inventors of cinema, will be screened from restored prints, accompanied by the live commentary of Thierry Frémaux, on 29 October, at 20:45, at CinemaPRO.

The Director of the Lumière Institute in Lyon and the main supporter of Bucharest-based festival launched in 2010 by Cristian Mungiu, Thierry Frémaux is in charge of the most difficult film selection in the world, the one at the Cannes Film Festival. Frémaux has attended the first edition of Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest and has returned many times since to the city, as guest. In 1895, the Lumière Brothers did not invent just the cinematograph, but also special effects, the remakes and the art of filmmaking. The Lumière! special screening celebrates the cultural legacy of the two inventors, also presenting a portrait of France at the turn of the century. All the films were shot between 1895 and 1905, for example Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory, Fishing for Goldfish, Tables Turned on the Gardener, The Sea.

Thierry Frémaux will also be introducing The Treasure, showing on 28 October, 20:30, at Elvire Popesco Cinema. Corneliu Porumboiu’s film was awarded the Un Certain Talent award in Cannes, Un Certain Regard section. The screening will be preceded by a 38 minute edit of the documentary that the director shot on the same subject, with the same protagonists, before settling on the project as a fiction film. Free entry.

At Studio Cinema, the festival starts Friday, 17:45, with a screening of the film One Floor Below by Radu Muntean. Following its showing in Cannes, Un Certain Regard official selection, the film received many glowing reviews in the world’s most important publications – The Hollywood Reporter writes that it is a “powerful, harsh and revolutionary” film, while Variety states that it is an “absorbing anti-thriller”. The entrance is free and after the screening the director will chat with the audience.

The red carpet is rolled out at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest on 23 October, 20:15, at Cinema Studio, where hundreds of guests will attend the gala premiere of the opening film at Cannes, Standing Tall, in the presence of the director Emmanuelle Bercot. Amongst the guests expected to join her are Ionuț Vulpescu, the Minister of Culture; His Excellency François Saint- Paul, French Ambassador in Romania; and his Royal Highness Prince Radu of Romania. Emmanuelle Bercot will also meet the audience at the screening of Mon Roi (18:45, Elvire Popesco Cinema), the film that was given the Best Actress Award, a sold out screening.

In only one week since becoming available on Everbook.ro and at the ticket offices of Studio, CinemaPRO and Elvire Popesco, 4500 tickets were bought in advance, some of the screenings already being sold out: Love at Studio Cinema with the director Gaspar Noé present; The Lobster, the surreal film of Yorgos Lanthimos; Dheepan, Palme d’Or winner, with the director Jacques Audiard present. He will also give a master-class on Monday, 26 October, at 11:00, at the Screening Room of the National University of Theatre and Film.

Another special guest of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is the controversial French director of Argentinean descent, Gaspar Noé. He will present his latest film, the 3D sexual melodrama Love, screened out of competition at Cannes and rated R (Saturday, 24 October, 20:15, Studio Cinema). Gaspar Noé will talk to the audience after the film.

Two debates on the subjects of piracy and film criticism will light up the 24-25 October weekend. Piracy and cinema. How do we make it work? will take place Saturday, starting at 11:00, with special guests Jean Labadie, president of and distributor for Le Pacte (France), one of the most esteemed sales agencies in Europe and Davide Castorina, MUSO Regional Manager for France and Benelux, a company that created an anti-piracy solution.

Sunday, 25 October, beginning at 11:00, the talk will be focused on How, why and for whom do we still write about film? Special guests: Pascal Mérigeau, well known French journalist and film critic, whose work was featured in Le Point, Le Monde and Nouvel Observateur, and who is involved in the film selection process at Cannes; Ronald Chammah, producer, writer, director and French curator, husband of actress Isabelle Huppert; and Magali Montet, press agent at Cannes for selected films.

The film goers will be able to enjoy three additional days that, due to the high demand for tickets, will also feature screenings at Elvire Popesco Cinema, along with the previously announced ones at Studio Cinema. Films that have bagged the three biggest trophies of the year may be watched in the same day, 1 November, at both cinemas: Taxi, Golden Bear winner at the Berlinale; From Afar, winner of the Silver Lion at Venice; and Dheepan, awarded the Palme d’Or at Cannes.


Official spot: https://youtu.be/1y2k_fxhwGk

Schedule: http://filmedefestival.ro/2016/program/

List of films: http://filmedefestival.ro/2016/category/filme/

Tickets: http://filmedefestival.ro/2016/bilete/


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: Silva, Cez România, 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, Universitatea București

Loisir partner: M60

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