The reputed Hungarian director Béla Tarr, known for films such as The Turin Horse and Sátántangó, and the French filmmaker Laurent Cantet, winner of the 2008 Palme d’Or prize with the drama Entre les murs, are two of the honorary guests of the 8th edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest. The festival will organize a series of special screenings and discussions with the two invitees over the course of the Artists in Dialogue program, a unique occasion for cinephiles to see, on the big screen, films that made famous some of the most important auteurs of contemporary film.

On October 14th, at Cinemateca Eforie, Béla Tarr will have a dialogue with the public after the screening of The Turin Horse, which he announced as the last he will do, and the discussion will be moderated by the French critic Jean Michel Frodon. Laurent Cantet will be present on October 18th, at Cinema Elvira Popescu, for the Romanian premiere of the L’Atelier/The Workshop title, presented this year at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section.

Between October 13th and 15th, Cinemateca Eforie will host the Béla Tarr Retrospective during Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest, a program that will include four of his most important films. The Béla Tarr Retrospective is organized by Voodoo Films and financed by the National Center of Cinematography.

Öszi almanach/Almanac of Fall, presented at the Locarno Festival in 1984, will inaugurate the section on October13th, followed by the screenings of The Turin Horse (2011), awarded the Jury Grand Prix/The Silver Bear and the FIPRESCI Prize, and of Werckmeister Harmonies, having had its world premiere at the Festival de Cannes in 2000, in the parallel section, La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors’ Fortnight). On  October 15th, the Béla Tarr retrospective will close with the screening of the feature film, Sátántangó, lasting seven and half hours. Jean Michel Frodon wrote about the film, I don’t believe it can be seen anywhere besides a cinema, precisely for its double reason of “being there” – in a time when, for better or worse, many very beautiful films can be seen on a small screen, at home. In this case, it cannot because it requires these two spaces: that of the film, built by the frame, the soundtrack and editing, and that of the room. Based on the eponymous novel of László Krasznahorkai, the film had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1994 and is critically regarded as clearly one of the best films in the history of cinematography.

Béla Tarr will arrive in Romania on October 13th when the second edition of Les Films de Cannes à Cluj-Napoca will open. In Cluj, the filmmaker will have a dialogue with the public after the screening of The Turin Horse at Cinema Victoria, a discussion moderated by Prof. Doru Pop, PhD from Babeș-Bolyai University.

For the occasion of his participation in the festival, Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest also organizes a section dedicated to the French auteur Laurent Cantet, the winner of the 2008 Palme d’Or for the film Entre les murs / The Class. Considered by the New York Times as “an intelligent movie about modern French identity and the attempt to transform those bodies into citizens through talk”, the film is a landmark in international cinematography, and the section Focus Laurent Cantet will be inaugurated on  October 13th at Cinema Elvira Popescu. The director will come to Bucharest on October18th and will participate at the premiere of L’Atelier / The Workshop. The Guardian wrote about the film: What L’Atelier does best is the same as which made The Class sing: it’s a film which demonstrates that debate, the exchange of ideas, can be as thrilling as any ramped up action flick. The film will be preceded by the screening of his first short film, Tous à la manif, for which he received the Prix Jean Vigo in 1994. In Bucharest, it will be possible to see the films Retour à Ithaque / Return to Ithaca (Venice Film Festival, 2014) and L’Emploi du temps / Time Out (2001), a film written by Cantet together with his usual collaborator, Robin Campillo, and placed in ninth place in the “Best films of the Noughties” selection, created by The Guardian.

Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest arrives this year in seven cities in the country as well, regional editions taking place in Timișoara, Iași, Cluj, Brașov, Sibiu, Arad and Suceava. Under the title Les Films de Cannes@Astra Film Sibiu, Les Films de Cannes, in partnership with the documentary film festival Astra Film Sibiu, will schedule the premiere in Romania, both in Bucharest and in Sibiu, of three of the documentary films presented in this year’s edition of the Cannes Festival.

The documentary 12 jours (d. Raymond Depardon) is filmed in a psychiatric hospital where those admitted without their consent are placed before a judge that will decide their future. Le Venerable W. is a delicate observation on how Islamophobia and hate speech transforms into violence and destruction. The Direction of Venerable W. is signed by Barbet Schroeder, known for films like Général Idi Amin Dada: Autoportrait and L’avocat de la terreur (Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2007, the César Award for best documentary, 2008). Also in the program is Nothingwood, by Sonia Kronlund, presented in the Directors’ Fortnight, which tells the story of a life spent to fulfill a childhood dream.

More details about the films and guests of the 8th edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest can be found on the festival’s official site.

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Entre les murs and Retour à Ithaque are distributed in Romania by Independența Film

Tous à la Manif is screened in the festival with the support of the French Institute.

The Turin Horse is distributed in Romania by Asociația Macondo.

The Béla Tarr Retrospective is organized by Voodoo Films and financed by the National Center of Cinematography and Artists in Dialogue – Laurent Cantet is a project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund.*

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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, Groupama Asigurări, Apa Nova, Silva

Official Coffee of the festival: Nespresso

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.

*The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the way in which the results of the project can be used. This is entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.