Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest, the festival that has been bringing to Bucharest the most important art-house films of the year, along with the most renowned cineastes, since 2010, will be taking place again this year, between October 13th – 22nd. The festival will be opening in four locations in Bucharest – Cinema PRO, Cinema Elvire Popesco, Cinema Muzeul Țăranului Român and Cinemateca Eforie. Seven other cities will also be hosting the festival, with local editions to be held in: Timișoara, Iași, Cluj, Brașov, Sibiu, Arad and Suceava.
Ruben Östlund’s unusual comedy, The Square, the masterpiece that has taken by surprise the “croisette” at Cannes this year, ultimately receiving the Palme d’Or, will be opening the festival, premiering exclusively in Romania, in Bucharest, and in all other cities hosting local editions.
“For me it is a way of pushing through the double standard barriers. We are all affected by this – go with the flow – attitude, and we often get scared when things slip out of our control. We need a constant reminder: I am the only one who can and should make a stand! And it is so simple to do it.” – said Ruben Östlund, shortly after winning the Palme d’Or this year.
Claes Bang plays Christian, the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, who lets things spiral out of control after all the Buzz created by the PR team he had personally hired to promote a show. The new installation “The Square” turns out to be the setting for a cascade of unforeseeable events, that really transform the film into a full blown comedy, “some gobsmackingly weird and outrageous spectacle, with moments of pure show stopping freakiness” as depicted by The Guardian.
The motion picture has been purchased for distribution in 80 other territories, and is definitely the masterpiece of a creative, straight forward film maker, who had already taken by surprise film critics and members of the press with “Force majeure”, winner of Prix du Jury at Cannes in 2014.
Les films de Cannes will also open across the country, in Brașov (Cinema One) between 13 – 19 of October, in Cluj (Cinema Victoria) between 13 – 15 of October, in Timișoara (Filarmonica Banatul), Arad (Cinema Arta) and Iași (The Athenaeum) between 20 – 22 October and in Suceava (Cinema Modern) between 10 – 12 November.
A special edition of the Les films de Cannes will also take place in partnership with ASTRA Sibiu Festival. Between the 16th and the 22nd of October, the two festivals will be screening a selection of documentaries that premiered at Cannes this year. The projections will be happening at the same time in Sibiu and Bucharest, under the name Les Films de Cannes @ Astra Film Sibiu.
Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest has brought together over 25.000 spectators last year, for approximately 100 screenings. This year, the festival will also be presenting the most important films selected at Cannes, in the presence of their authors.
The festival will also continue to bring to the public the most important Romanian movies, that are getting ready for next year’s festival, under the title Les Films pour Cannes à Bucarest. The workshop, Managing Talents, dedicated to Romanian actors who plan to have an international carrier, is at its second edition this year.
Renault Group România is also joining us starting with this edition, as a partner of the festival, thus following the tradition of sustaining excellency in the cinema – Renault being an official partner of the Cannes Film Festival ever since 1983. “La voiture officielle du festival Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest”, Renault, will also be providing transportation for all our special guests of the local editions of the festival.
On previous editions, Les films de Cannes à Bucarest has been honored to welcome to Bucharest some of the most renowned film makers of the moment, Palme d’Or winners Abdellatif Kechiche and Jacques Audiard, directors Olivier Assayas, Gaspar Noé, Alain Guiraudie, Elia Suleiman, Amat Escalante, Bertrand Tavernier, Michel Hazanavicius, Sergei Loznitsa, Kornél Mundruczó ori actorii Sandrine Bonnaire, Emmanuelle Bercot, Bérénice Bejo ori Jacquline Bisset.
Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is a cultural project initiated by director Cristian Mungiu, with the support of the Cannes Film Festival General Delegate, Thierry Frémaux.
The Square is distributed in Romania by Independența Film and will be playing in cinemas across the country starting with October 20th.
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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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.
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