October 3rd 2016
Maren Ade, the German director who caused quite a stir in Cannes with the comedy Toni Erdmann, shot in Bucharest, will meet for the first time her audience in Romania at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest (October 14th to 23rd). The film will be premiering in Romania on October 14th, at the festival’s opening. This year the festival will take place at CinemaPRO, Cinema Elvire Popesco, Cinema Muzeul Țăranului and the Auditorium Hall of the National Art Museum. A record number of tickets – over 1000 – were sold in a single day, September 30th, when they went on sale on Eventbook.ro. The full program of the festival will be available on www.filmedefestival.ro.
Maren Ade will be joined at the event by German producer Jonas Dornbach and co-producer Ada Solomon. A clear press and audience favorite in Cannes, the film was said to be the number one contender for the Palme d’Or and eventually won the FIPRESCI Awards. The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) latter on clearly designated it as the Best Film of the year at San Sebastian. Toni Erdmann, almost entirely shot in Romania, is the only movie launched in 2016 that BBC Culture recently included in its top The 21st Century’s 100 greatest films and will be representing Germany at the Academy Awards, with strong chances of winning the award.
Toni Erdmann tells the story of an eccentric, prank prone retired father, who decides to surprise his daughter with a visit. She is a career woman doing corporate strategic consulting for an important project in Bucharest. Maren Ade, director, screenwriter and producer, became known by means of her two feature films, which received multiple awards: her debut The Forest for the Trees (2003) won the Special Jury Award at Sundance, and Everyone Else (2009), to be screened in Bucharest also, that received the Jury Grand Prix and the Best Actress Silver Bear (Birgit Minichmayr) in Berlin.
Another special guest to the festival is the big winner of Cannes Un Certain Regard section, Finnish Juho Kuosmanen, who will be showcasing The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, Finland’s submission to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. ‘’A remarkable debut’’ about lost innocence, Variety writes, praising its stylized photography, minute details and the actors’ play. Endearing and funny, the black and white feature is inspired from the true story of a boxer who in 1962 competes for the boxing world title in the featherweight division. For this he only needs to lose a few kilograms and focus. There is nonetheless a problem: he has fallen in love. Previously recognized for his short films at Cinéfondation (Cannes) and Locarno, Juho Kuosmanen has worked with West Coast Kokkola Opera’s Avantgarde Opera Ensemble.
Another film that stood out in the same Un Certain Regard section and was in fact recipient of the Jury Prize is Harmonium, by Kôji Fukada (Sayonara), one of the most innovative Japanese filmmakers. It will be screened in Bucharest for the first time during the festival. A thrilling drama ‘’that starts offbeat and ends a shocker’’, as the Hollywood Reporter puts it, Harmonium follows the slow insinuation of a man, just released from prison after serving 10 years, in the family of a friend who welcomes him with open arms. The winner of the Prize for Best Screenplay in the Un Certain Regard section is Voir du pays/ The Stopover (r. Delphine & Muriel Coulin), a poignant film that talks about the consequences of war trauma on two young women soldier in Afghanistan.
Un Certain Regard reserved a special price to the animated film La Tortue Rouge, first feature of Dutch animator Michael Dudok De Wit, who was awarded the Oscar in 2000 for his short film Père et fille. It was co-produced with Hayao Miyazaki’s renowned Japanese studio Ghibli. Via the story of a man castaway on a tropical island populated by turtles, the film takes us through the major milestones of human life.
America is the homeland of Hell or High Water, directed by David Mackenzie, a crime thriller starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. Screened in the Un Certain Regard competition in Cannes, it prompted American critics’ combined nostalgia and excitement for robust and complex genre films the studios used to bet on in the 70’s. ‘’They don’t make them like this anymore — but they still can, and here’s the proof’’, writes the Boston Globe. The protagonists are two bank-robbing brothers who wish to save their farm from foreclosure by paying the bank with its own money.
Another thriller coming from the US is Money Monster, directed by Jodie Foster and screened this year out-of-competition in Cannes. George Clooney, host of a financial TV show, and his producer (Julia Roberts) are taken hostage in their studio by a viewer angry to have lost all his fortune by listening to their investment advice.
Toni Erdmann is distributed in Romanian by microFILM, starting October 21st.
La Tortue rouge is distributed in Romania by Independența Film, Money Monster by Intercom Film, and Hell or High Water by Ro Image 2000.
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.
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