120 BPM, You Were Never Really Here and The Beguiled scheduled for the 8th edition

The Palme d’Or, the Grand Prix, the Best Director, the Best Screenplay, and the Best Actor or Camera d’Or are among the most important distinctions at the Cannes Film Festival, and the films that obtained these awards will be distributed for the first time in Romania at the 8th edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest, between October 13th and 22nd.

120 Battements par minute, also known as BPM (Beats per Minute), by the French director of Moroccan origins, Robin Campillo, is the winner of this year’s Grand Prix with Campillo being applauded at Cannes for full minutes after the announcement of the prize. The drama inspired by the fight of the activist group Act-Up Paris against the general indifference towards victims facing the AIDS virus in France during the ‘90s, is also France’s submission to the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film. The film was sold in nearly 40 countries, and in Romania it will be screened for the first time at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest, being distributed in cinemas by Voodoo Films.

Winner of an Oscar for the screenplay Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola added to her record the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival for the film The Beguiled. The action is set during the American Civil War, with Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning in the lead roles, whose isolated existence from the rest of the world in a girls’ boarding school in Viriginia is disrupted by the appearance of the Union Corporal McBurney (Colin Farrell), to whom they offer refuge, and care for his wounds. Sofia Coppola rewrites the story of the film with the same title made by Don Siegel in 1971, this time, from the perspective of the three female protagonists. The film is distributed in Romania by Ro Image.

Compared by The Times to Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver – “This is the Taxi Driver for a new century” – You Were Never Really Here, by Lynne Ramsay, was awarded both the Best Screenplay Award and the Best Male Actor Award, given to Joaquin Phoenix. In a role that recalls Robert De Niro’s interpretation of Travis Bickle in Martin Scorsese’s story, Phoenix is a former FBI agent, taciturn and brutal, trying to recover Nina (Ekaterina Samsonov), the apparently kidnapped, teenage daughter of a politician, by using his favorite weapon, a hammer. Produced by Why Not Productions, the film will have its premiere in France on 8th November and is distributed in Romania by Voodoo Films.

Also from the official competition, the winner of the Palme d’Or will be premiered in Romania, The Square, directed by Ruben Östlund, as well as the drama Loveless, directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, the auteur of such feature films as Leviathan (Best Screenplay, Cannes 2014/nominated for an Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film) or Elena (Un Certain Regards Special Jury Prize, Cannes 2011). These films are distributed in Romania by Independența Film.

The selection of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest also includes the premiere of the film Jeune Femme (Montparnasse Bienvenue), directed by Léonor Seraille, presented in the Un Certain Regard competition and awarded the Camera d’Or Award. A story that has at its forefront, Paula (Laetitia Dosch), having recently returned to Paris after a long absence, preparing for a new start, but without a life plan. The film discusses a generation that “seems to live only in the now … paradoxically, some people might find themselves overwhelmed by all the possibilities and choices available”, writes The Hollywood Reporter. From the Un Certain Regard competition, the thriller Wind River will be screened in the festival – Best Director, Un Certain Regard, 2017 – directed by Taylor Sheridan, the writer of such screenplays as Sicario or Hell or High Water, the latter being nominated for an Oscar.

Emmanul Gras’s documentary, Makala, a foray into the life of a young charcoal seller in the Congo who struggles to ensure a better future for himself and his family, was awarded the International Critics Week Grand Prize this year at Cannes. Also at International Critics Week, the SACD Prize (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques) was awarded to Ava, directed by Léa Mysius, a production about a young girl who is gradually losing her sight. Filmed on 35mm, Ava is “both a complex character portrait and a heartsore farewell to the ephemeral images that will be among the last she sees. But the movie is also, in a way, a tribute to shooting on film, which already feels like an act of radical nostalgia” (Variety).

Tickets for the 8th edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest will be on sale this week on Eventbook.ro and the Eventbook network.

More details about the films and guests of the 8th edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest are found on the festival site, filmedefestival.ro.


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

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.

Partners: Hotel Mercure, S.E.R.V.E, UPS, Media Image Factory, PiArt Vision, Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii.

Media partners: Europa FM, TVR, Zile și Nopți, Cinemap, Glamour, VIVA!, ELLE, News.ro, A List Magazine, Observator Cutural, Scena9, Agerpres, LiterNet, The Institute, Cinemagia, Movie News, AaRC, Cinefan, Umblat.ro, Urban.ro

Media monitoring partner: mediaTRUST

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.