Preview screenings of Le Livre d’Image – Special Palme d’Or awarded to Jean-Luc Godard

The Caméra d’Or winner – the best debut in all Cannes sections – and the Un Certain Regard Prize winner will screen in premiere this year at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest. The 9th edition of the festival (October 19th – 28th), will take place at Cinema PRO, Cinema Elvire Popesco, Cinemateca Union, and Cinema Muzeul Țăranului.

Girl, by Belgian newcomer Lukas Dhont, winner of the Caméra d’Or – the same prize Corneliu Porumboiu also received for 12:08 East of Bucharest, in 2006 – also received the awards for Best Actor and the FIPRESCI prize in Un Certain Regard, along with the Queer Palme. The film tells the story of Lara, who dreams of becoming a ballerina. “Girl – looks terrific, is not afraid to tackle a number of difficult subjects and features a star-making performance from acting and dancing talent Victor Polster,“ stated The Hollywood Reporter following the film’s world premiere. Main actor Victor Polster was just 15 years old during filming and was chosen at the end of a six month long casting process that included over 500 candidates. Girl is Belgium’s submission for the Oscars.

Border, by Ali Abbasi, winner of the Un Certain Regard prize, features Tina, a customs officer with a delicate nose, appreciated by her colleagues for her talent at sniffing out the guilty and the ashamed. Variety reviewed the film as “an exciting, intelligent mix of romance, Nordic noir, social realism, and supernatural horror that defies and subverts genre conventions.“ Border is Ali Abbasi’s sophomore feature, following his 2016 debut Shelley, which premiered at the Berlinale and featured Cosmina Stratan (Beyond the Hills) in the main role. Border is Sweden’s proposal for the 2019 Oscars.

This year marks a half century since Jean-Luc Godard, supported by François Truffaut and other auteurs of the French New Wave, initiated the uprising which led to the cancelation of the Cannes Film Festival in 1968. Following this event, a new section of the festival was inaugurated in 1969: the independent Director’s Fortnight, where daring films were to be selected without any ideological constraints. “Great cinema makers are very close to anarchists,“ declared Godard at this year’s Cannes press conference, where he was awarded the Special Palme d’Or for his most recent film, Le Livre d’Image. The film „is a work that reprises many of Jean-Luc Godard’s familiar ideas, but with an unexpected urgency and visceral strangeness. It’s an essay film with the body-language of a horror movie,“ according to The Guardian.

Capharnaüm, by Lebanese actress and director Nadine Labaki, was awarded the Jury Prize in the Cannes Official Selection. Labaki had previously debuted in Directors Fortnight with Caramel (2007) and returned in 2011 with Where Do We Go Now? in Un Certain Regard.

The film tells of a little boy who decides to sue his parents for giving him life. During development, Labaki interviewed children living in disadvantaged conditions, and so the theme of the film was born. “Are you happy you were born?” was one of the questions the children were asked. “99% of them responded – you know what? I’m really not! I didn’t ask to be born,” disclosed The Hollywood Reporter in an interview with the director. Capharnaüm was filmed over a six-month time span in Beirut, with Labaki expressly using non-professional actors. Following the film’s premiere in Cannes, the audience gave a 15 minute standing ovation. Capharnaüm is Lebanon’s submission for the Academy Awards.

In Donbass, winner of Best Director in Un Certain Regard, director Sergey Loznitsa tells of the heavy conflict zone in the Ukrainian region of the same name between Ukrainian nationalists and supporters of the Donetsk People’s Republic, a proto-state supported by Russia. In 13 episodes, Loznitsa paints the portrait of a society affected by years of manipulation and propaganda. Donbass is the fourth film that brings the director to Cannes. His previous work, A Gentle Creature (2017), is now playing in Romanian cinemas.

Capharnaüm and Le livre dimage are distributed by Independenta Film in Romania.

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The festival is presented by Orange Romania, a traditional partner of the event.

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.

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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