The most anticipated Romanian films: Preview at Peasant’s Museum Cinema
This year, seven years since the first edition, Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest begins for the first time with an Opening Gala, given the occasion of the 10-year anniversary of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days winning the Palme d’Or. This will take place Friday, October 13that 19:00 o’clock, at the Peasant’s Museum Cinema (Str. Monetariei, nr. 3) and will be marked by several surprise events and special screenings, all stemming from this anniversary.
The actors Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, and Vlad Ivanov, as well as the director Cristian Mungiu with other members of the casting and film team, will participate at the gala, followed by the 20:30 screening of the film 4 Months, 3 weeks and 2 Days, especially remastered for the anniversary.
Throughout the festival, the most highly anticipated Romanian films of the fall will be presented at the Peasant’s Museum Cinema within the Preview section, and fragments from these films can already be seen online in the spot presenting the section.
This section will show a Romanian film every evening of the festival, previewing the most recent Romanian films awarded festival prizes: Soldiers and Pororoca (awarded at San Sebastian), Meda or the Not So Bright Side of Things (awarded at Sarajevo), António and Catarina (Locarno) and Short-Circuit (Shanghai). All screenings take place with their film teams present.
Constantin Popescu’s most recent film, Pororoca, a critics’ favorite at the San Sebastian Film Festival, received the Best Actor award in the north of Spain for Bogdan Dumitrache’s performance. Distributed in Romania by Bad Unicorn, the film tells the story of Tudor and Cristina whose daughter is missing.
Meda or the Not So Bright Side of Things is the directorial feature-length premiere for the actor Emanuel Pîrvu. The film was awarded the prizes for Best Director and Best Actor (Șerban Pavlu) at the Sarajevo Film Festival and brings to the screen a father searching for the best way to stay connected to his daughter. Another debut feature-length film is Marița, directed by Cristi Iftime, who was presented at Cannes in 2012 with the short film The Camp in Razoare. With Marița, Iftime won the FEDEORA critic’s award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2017. The film tells the story of a father re-meeting his son and former family around New Year’s Eve, and it stars Adrian Titieni, Alex Potocean and the Dacia 1300 car, being an authentic road movie.
Short-circuit, under the direction of Cătălin Saizescu, was presented in its world premiere in the Shanghai International Film Festival competition, the most famous festival in China for excellent artistic achievement, bringing to the screen a story inspired by the drama that unfolded in 2010 at the Giulești maternity ward.
The Romanian Cristina Haneș directs the Portuguese production António and Catarina, screened in premiere at the prestigious Locarno Film Festival, where it won the top prize, Pardino d’Oro. The film narrates simply, but also poetically and intensely, the relationship between an elderly, claustrophobic man and a young woman who brings a touch of youth and curiosity to his life.
In the program, you can also find one of the most highly anticipated films of autumn, Soldiers. Story from Ferentari, a production premiered at San Sebastian with the Jury’s Special Mention of the Sebastian, a section specially dedicated to LGBTI films and selected for the Toronto Film Festival. The film makes up the feature-length debut of the director and actress with Serbian origins Ivana Mladenovic (When the Light Goes Out, Scarred Hearts) – also debuting the protagonist Adrian Schiop in two ways, as an actor and writer of the novel behind the film adaptation.
The section will open with an unedited screening for the Romanian audience – of the work-in-progress film titled În pronunțare, the debut of Mihaela Popescu, which has in the roles of protagonist Cuzin Toma and Dorotheea Petre, awarded at Cannes in 2006 for the role of Eva in the film The Way I Spent the End of the World.
The director of Romanian origins Alexandra Bălteanu studied film in Germany and Prowl is her graduation screening, already being screened on the renowned festival circuit like San Sebastian (2016) and Saarbrücken, where she ran the Best Director Award.
Also at the Peasant’s Museum Cinema is the seventh film directed by Dan Chișu, The Anniversary, which will soon be presented in the official competition in Warsaw. The Anniversary is the last film the late Mircea Albulescu played in.
Another impressive debut scheduled in the festival is One Step Behind the Seraphim, directed by Daniel Sandu, a film based on the director’s experience in a theological seminary. Distributed in Romania by Microfilm, the feature film of Daniel Sandu also has a cast including Vlad Ivanov together with a series of young, promising actors, like Ștefan Iancu and Ilie Dumitrescu Jr.
The festival also proposes this year a short film session which, with Dear Friends, directed by Valeriu Andriuță (short film corner at Cannes), and Black Clothes, by Octav Chelaru (in competition at Locarno), will screen a series of short films financed by the Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest partner, BRD, in a competition launched at the previous edition of the festival.
Last but not least, the week of Romanian cinema in the festival closes with a special screening dedicated to the winner of the 2005 Un Certain Regard Award, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, with the attendance of the team, for the occasion of the re-release of the film on DVD.
Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest continues the work initiated in previous editions to support a series of projects of non-governmental associations in Romania, to whom the proceeds of special screenings will be donated.
The proceeds from the anniversary screening of the film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days will be donated to the OvidiuRo Association, which works towards the schooling of children from the earliest age, and those from the screening of the film Prowl will be directed towards the association for animal rights Dog Rescue, those from The Death of Mr. Lazarescu will go towards the Give Life Association for the project of the first integrated oncology and radiotherapy unit at the Marie Curie Children’s Hospital, and Sunday October 22nd a special screening will take place with Tales from the Golden Age, part 1, the proceeds from which will go to the ActivRandom association for the support of people with refugee status.
If you feel close to any of these causes, you are invited to support them through your presence at the screenings and through additional donations you will be able to give directly into the accounts of these associations, by way of specific forms made available at the screenings.
The festival is presented by Orange Romania, a traditional partner of the event.
Supported by: BRD Groupe Société Générale
Official car of the festival: Renault
With the support of: Catena, Apa Nova, Groupama Asigurări, Silva, TASTEmakers
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The eighth 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.
Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is a cultural project financed by the The Ministry of Culture and National Identity, 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 “Bucureşti Oraș Participativ” 2017 and the Romanian Cultural Institute.
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The local editions of the festival, taking place in the 7 other cities are carried out in Brașov with the support of the Local Council of Brașov, through the program “Project co-financed by the Brașov Local Council”, in Cluj-Napoca with the support of the Local Council of Cluj Napoca, the City Hall of Cluj Napoca and the “Suedia” Association, in Sibiu in partnership with ASTRA Film Festival, in Arad through the program “Co-financed by The Municipal Cultural Center Arad”, in Timișoara with the support of the City Hall of Timișoara, The Cultural House Of The City Of Timișoara and the Philharmonic of Banat, in Iași with the support of The City Hall of Iași and the Athenaeum, and in Suceava with the help of the City Hall of Suceava.