Ash is Purest White by Jia Zhangke – premieres at the festival

In the eight years since its inception, Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest has brought over 100 films in national premiere from the most prestigious film festival in the world, Cannes, to Romanian audiences. The majority of the films were not distributed in Romanian cinemas  – most of them only coming to the big screen in the festival.

The 9th edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest (October 19th – 28th) will introduce the competitive section Aide à la Distribution. This section offers a film presented during the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and playing Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest the chance to be acquired and presented to the public in cinemas. The winning film will be chosen by the public, out of eight films, and will be awarded financial and promotional support in the value of 2500€ for the release. The award is presented by the Cinemascop Association and will be directed to a Romanian distribution company.

Aide à la Distribution includes three films from the Official Selection, two from Directors’ Fortnight, and three from Critic’s Week. Films will be screening in the festival’s four locations: Cinema PRO, Cinema Elvire Popesco, Cinema Muzeul Țăranului, and Cinemateca Union.

Ash is Purest White, directed by Jia Zhangke, and included in the Cannes Official Competition, is the story about a mafia boss and the woman who loves him and goes to jail for him. Ash is Purest White marks the Chinese director’s sixth premiere in Cannes. He previously won Best Screenplay with A Touch of Sin in 2003.

3 Faces, Jafar Panahi’s most recent film, which won Best Screenplay (ex aequo), and Ayka, by Sergey Dvortsevoy, winner of the award for Best Actress for Samal Yelsyamova.

Les Confins du Monde, directed by Guillaume Nicloux, was presented in world premiere in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. The film tells of a French soldier, the sole survivor of a 1945 massacre in Indochina during which his brother was killed. Following its premiere in Cannes, press praised the director’s courageous treatment of a moment in French history rarely depicted onscreen. The result is a „skillfully crafted and superbly shot war movie” (The Hollywood Reporter), where Gaspard Ulliel, named by critics as a „young Alain Delon” and Gérard Depardieu, star.

Shéhérazade, Jean-Bernard Marlin’s debut, presented in Cannes in Critic’s Week, tells the story of a young man recently released from prison, who is in head over heels in love with a prostitute from the streets of Marseille. Juvenile delinquence is a familiar topic for Marlin, with Shéhérazade proving almost a continuation of his medium length film La Fugue (Golden Bear, Berlin 2013). The main roles are played by non-professional actors Kenza Fortas and Dylan Robert, both raised in the poorest neighbourhood of Marseille, and both familiar with the world in which the film takes place. Before being discovered by Marlin, Kenza, who had dropped out of school at 16, lived with her mother in a Roma community, and Dylan had been in jail for three months. Shéhérazade is „a film which blazes above a little miracle : love which flourishes in a place without any heart,” wrote French publication L’Obs.

Between 1998 and 1999, during the Milosevic regime, thousands of Albanians were killed in a sadistic exercise of ethnic cleansing, after which the bodies were secretely taken out of Kosovo into Serbia and abandoned in mass graves. The transport of these cadavres is the theme of director Ognjen Glavonic’s 2016 documentary Depth Two. The Load, his debut feature prezented in Director’s Fortnight, is the story of a truck driver who agrees to take a secret package from Kosovo to Belgrade, during the NATO bombings of 1999. Variety writes that „it is in the very banality of this (day in the life of a Serbian trucker) that this impressive new filmmaker illuminates a painful truth that inculpates more of us than we’d like to believe: Ignorance of atrocity(…) does not make you innocent of it.“

One Day, the debut feature from Zsófia Szilágyi, is among the first to come out of the Hungarian Film Fund incubator, a project which encourages and discovers young talent. Presented this year in Critic’s Week, One Day presenta a day in the life of a perfectionist woman, and the mother of three children; a domestic drama reinvented as a thriller.

Fugue, Agnieszka Smoczyńska most recent film, who previously reinvented the story of the Little Mermaid in her debut, The Lure, tells the dark story of a woman who suffers from amnesia, rediscovering her family after two years apart. “Credit for this should be shared equally between Smoczyńska and the remarkable Muskała, who contributes both a compact, densely characterized debut feature screenplay and a tensely electrified lead performance,“ wrote Variety. The film had its world premiere in Cannes, in Critic’s Week.

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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, Silva, Apa Nova

The ninth edition of the 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 National Center of Cinematography, with the support of SACD / Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers) and the Representation of the European Commission in Romania and DACIN SARA.

Partners: Air France, KLM, Romanian Cultural Institute, the Mexican Embassy in Romania, Hotel Mercure, UPS, Defi, SERVE.

The Lucian Pintilie homage is organized in partnership between Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest and the National Theatre Festival, in collaboration with Filmex Romania and the National Center of Cinematography, with the support of Fundația 9.

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