The 9th edition of the festival will take place between October 19th – 28th

The 9th edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest, the festival that brings the most important films of the year to Romania, will take place between October 19th – 28th, in Bucharest, at Cinema PRO, Cinema Elvire Popescu, Cinema Muzeul Țăranului, Cinemateca Union.

The guest of honour at the 9th edition of the festival is Mexican director Carlos Reygadas, who world premiered his latest film Our Time/Nuestro Tiempo yesterday, September 5th, in competition at the Venice International Film Festival.

Discovered and awarded at Cannes, Carlos Reygadas is described, with five feature films under his belt, as the helmer and the “one-man third wave of Mexican Cinema,” according to Sight & Sound. Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is dedicating a retrospective of his work, which will encompass his entire body of feature length works.

Our Time will premiere in Romania on the 21st of October at Cinema PRO, in the presence of the director and Natalia López, screenwriter, editor, and the director’s partner in real life, who also plays the female lead in the film. The male protagonist is Reygadas himself, who plays Juan, a man living together with his wife on a fighting bull farm. The couple has an open relationship, but problems arise when Juan’s wife falls in love with another man, leading him to re-evaluate his own expectations with the reality he faces. Our Time marks the first title where Reygadas wears multiple hats: director, producer, screenwriter, editor, and star. The screening will be accompanied by a masterclass opened both to film professionals and the public.

At 31 years of age, Reygadas forwent a judiciary career in the Mexican diplomatic mission in favor of a cinematic path. He directed four short films and debuted with his first feature Japón, which premiered in Rotterdam and Cannes, winning a Camera d’Or Special Mention at the latter, in 2002. In 2005, Reygadas returned to Cannes with his sophomore effort Battle in Heaven, which was presented in the Official Competition. He went on to win the Jury Prize with Silent Light in 2007 and Best Director for Post Tenebras Lux in 2012, both at Cannes.

„The film is full of such surprises; it has a lyrical and poetic power that puts it in a different class from most debuts,“ writes The Guardian about Japón, which tells the story of a depressed painter who leaves Mexico City for a small village hidden in a canyon. This is where he plans on commiting suicide, but his host, the elderly and faithful Ascen, teaches him, with few words, to love life once again.

Battle in Heaven is a story at the crossroads between the grotesque and the sacred. Continuing his collaboration with cinematographer Diego Martinez Vignatti, Reygadas “doesn’t just seize our attention; he commands it — forcing us into a world of terror and beauty,“ according to The New York Times.

Winner of the Jury Prize in Cannes in 2007, Silent Light, an homage to Carl Theodor Dreyer, tells the story of a forbidden love in the middle of a Mennonite community in Mexico. „At its very best, Carlos Reygadas’s new film has the richness of Malick or the transcendental simplicity of Ozu,“ writes film critic Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian, about the film which makes „a giant leap into the first rank of world cinema.“

Post Tenebras Lux, Reygadas’ fourth film, is a semi-autobiographical story about a wealthy couple with two children, who leave the city and move to a villa in the middle of nature.

The Carlos Reygadas retrospective will be presented within the framework of the Mexican Focus section.

We invite you to stay up to date with the latest news of the 2018 edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest, by following filmedefestival.ro and the official Facebook page. All films will be subtitled in Romanian. The selection of titles also featuring English and French subtitles will be announced at a later date. Tickets will be available soon through Eventbook.ro

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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, Apa Nova, Silva

The ninth edition of the Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is organized by the Cinemascop Association and Voodoo Films, in partnership with 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.

The local editions of the festival will be carried out in Brașov with the support of the Local Council of Brașov and in Cluj-Napoca, with the support of the City Hall and Local Council of Cluj-Napoca.

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