The only Romanian director of a feature film in the 2018 edition of the Cannes Film Festival was Marta Bergman, born in Romania, who was selected in the ACID section with Seule à mon mariage, a Belgian feature filmed partly in Romania, with actress Alina Şerban in the lead role.
Born in Bucharest, Marta Bergman’s family moved to Belgium when she was a child. After completing her studies at the Brussels “Institut Supérieur des Arts”, she returned to Romania with a friend — Stephane Karo, who became the manager of the Clejani music band — whom she accompanied on a documentation field trip about Gypsy music. That trip led to her first documentary, Clejani (2005), which was to be followed by another two, also centered on Roma characters. The latter of these, Un jour mon the princess viendra, the story of three girls looking for western husbands, is the one that triggered the idea of the script for the Bergman’s first fiction film. Seule à mon mariage is “the story of the emancipation of a young Roma woman, a woman in search of freedom,” the director said in an interview for Cineuropa. The protagonist is Alina Şerban, the young Romanian actress of Roma ethnic origin, whom the director gave her the role on the spot after seeing hear act in a play. The Clejani band resurfaces in this film, with the music signed by Vlaicu Golcea and interpreted by violinist Caliu, one of the eminent members of the band.
Seule à mon mariage will be screened on Saturday, October 27 at 19:30 in the Peasant’s Museum Cinema, in the presence of Marta Bergman and Alina Şerban. Alone at My Wedding / Seule à mon mariage is the third collaborative work of Frakas Productions and Hi Film Productions (Ada Solomon), is distributed in Romania by microFILM and will be shown in cinemas starting November 2.
Born in Marseilles, Jean-Bernard Marlin studied cinematography at ENS Louis Lumière in Paris. Shéhérazade, his debut feature, is born out of a newspaper article: the love story of a pimp and a young prostitute in a poor area of Marseilles. The director wanted from the very beginning to shoot in actual locations and cast non-professionals resembling the characters that inspired the story. After a period of documenting the streets of Marseilles, the screenplay was written, followed by eight months of intense casting in schools and social centers. “We have seen almost all young people in Marseilles, from all neighborhoods,” the director said in an interview in Cannes. Dylan Robert, the lead actor, was discovered by the director among a group of youths recently freed from prison, while Kenza Fortas, the main actress, was discovered in a Roma camp.
The director rewrote the dialogues with the two actors before shooting, and the result is “an impeccable sample of cinema-verité,” according to Cineuropa — a dynamic and moving story. In Cannes, surrounded by the press and the public, the protagonists intensely lived the most surprising experience of their lives, as Dylan received permission from the social center where he was consigned to attend the festival, while Kenza brought her whole family and friends to see her stepping on the red carpet. For the two, filming and participating in the festival were undoubtedly an experience with the potential to change their destinies — a wish that the film seems to propose.
Shéhérazade will be screened at Cinema Elvire Popesco on Friday, October 19, at 17:30, in the presence of the director, followed by a Q&A session.
One year ago, the film festival world was taken by surprise by the emergence of a little-known Hungarian director, Ildikó Enyedi, who reaped the Berlin Golden Bear for On Body and Soul. Zsófia Szilágyi, Enyedi’s assistant to On Body and Soul, picked on that and aimed high, ending up by having her first feature — One Day — selected this year in Cannes in the Semaine de la Critique section.
One Day started from a friend’s letters, detailing her experience as a mother of young children. This “matrimonial thriller,” as the director calls her film, tells of a day in the life of a woman who juggles, in a counter-clock-like race, her roles of mother, woman, professional and wife. The film won the FIPRESCI Critics Award for the best film in its section.
One Day will be shown at 20:30 at Cinema Elvire Popesco on Saturday, October 20th. The director will be in attendance and will answer questions from the audience after the show.
The fourth film based on real events, whose director will be present at the festival, is Les Confins du Monde by Guillaume Nicloux, which will screen at Cinema Elvire Popesco on Wednesday 24 October at 8pm.
French director and writer Guillaume Nicloux joined film world at 22 years of age, with the short film La Piste aux étoiles, filmed in 16mm black and white by Raoul Coutard, Jean-Luc Godard’s director of photography. The collaboration between the two continued throughout the director’s following three films, with Nicloux going on to build a dense and unique œuvre which explores a large array of genres, from experimental film to a noir trilogy, comedy, political film, or drama. His 16th film, Les Confins du Monde premiered at Cannes in Quinzaine des Réalisateurs and was born from the collaboration and friendship of the director with cinematographer Raoul Coutard who, after spending 11 years as a war photographer in Vietnam, developed a true passion for the culture and the people of the place, and shared his experiences with the director. Filmed for seven weeks in the difficult climate of northern Vietnam, Les Confins du Monde tells the story of a young French soldier who seeks revenge for the loss of his brother.
All the films are shown in original version, with Romanian subtitles. Films also subtitled in other languages will be listed on the festival’s site and catalogue.
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Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest 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 Ministry of Culture and National Identity, the National Center of Cinematography, the Bucharest City Hall via ARCUB, kwith 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, DACIN SARA, CREDIDAM.
Partners: Air France, KLM, Romanian Cultural Institute, the Mexican Embassy in Romania, Hotel Mercure, UPS, Defi, SERVE, Universitatea Hyperion.
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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