Unraveling in the same period this year, Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest (October 19th-28th) and the National Theatre Festival (October 19th-29th) will pay homage to Lucian Pintilie, the Romanian director who has marked, with his personality and vision, the theatre as well as Romanian cinema for the past 50 years.

„I think that’s just how I was born, with a catastrophic vision and a huge thirst for love,” declared Lucian Pintilie in a 2003 interview with România Liberă.

Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest will be showing Lucian Pintilie’s body of films, while the National Theatre Festival will present novel recordings of two of the director’s plays: The Wild Duck, by Henrik Ibsen, performed at the Théâtre de la Ville, in 1981, and The Magic Flute, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

Lucian Pintilie’s cinematic tribute evening will take place on Saturday, October 20th, at Cinema Muzeul Țăranului. Members of the theatre and film industry are expected to attend the event, including close collaborators and friends of Lucian Pintilie: Victor Rebengiuc, the iconic actor of his films, actresses Mariana Mihuț and Maia Morgenstern, filmmakers Cristi Puiu and Corneliu Porumboiu, as well as producers Constantin Popescu and Silviu Stavilă. Also present for the tribute will be Marin Karmitz, filmmaker, producer, and distributor, who accompanied Lucian Pintilie during production of The Oak (1992) – the film which triumphantly brought the director back to film and to Cannes, after his forced exile. Also set to screen at the tribute is Horea Laptes’ documentary Fără titlu, about Lucian Pintilie, and Why are the Bells Ringing, Mitica?, produced in 1979, and banned by the Communist regime until its fall in 1990.

„It’s been banned once again by Ceausescu: no problem, if it’s good, it can also wait, I told myself, and I went to make The Wild Duck in Paris, at the Théâtre de la Ville,” mentioned the director in Positif magazine, in 1992.

Lucian Pintilie’s tribute as theatre and opera director will take place on Saturday, October 27th, at HUB FNT/ Arcub Gabroveni, starting at 11:00 am. Following the screenings of the The Wild Duck and The Magic Flute performances, as well as the presentation of the Bricabrac volume, a commemorational discussion will take place, with figures such as film critic Michel Ciment, Marie-France Ionesco, Victor Rebengiuc, Mariana Mihuț, Dorina Chiriac, Sanda Manu, George Banu, Serge Peyrat (the director’s assistant of 15 years at the Théâtre de Ville), and other actors and collaborators taking part.

Screenings of Lucian Pintilie’s at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest will begin Friday, October 19th, with The Oak, at Cinema Muzeul Țăranului (in the presence of Marin Karmitz), and will continue at Cinemateca Union with: Sunday at Six (1965) – Sunday, October 21st, Ward 6 (1978) – Monday, October 22nd, Terminus Paradis (1997) – Tuesday, October 23rd, Reconstruction (1968) – Wednesday, October 24th, Too Late (1996) – Thursday, October 25th, An Unforgettable Summer (1994) – Friday, October 26th, Niki and Flo (2003) – Saturday, October 27th, The Afternoon of a Torturer (2001) and Tertium non datur (2006) – on Sunday, October 28th. Members of the cast and crew will be present at each screening and will hold Q&A’s with the public.

Entrance to the retrospective is free of charge and seating is limited.

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.

A selection of films will also be screened in the Les Films de Cannes’ local editions.

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. Tickets will be available soon through Eventbook.ro.


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 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, the Romanian Cultural Institute, the Mexican Embassy in Romania, Hotel Mercure, Hotel Cișmigiu, UPS, Defi, SERVE.

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