Between October 25 through 28, Les Films de Cannes returns to Cluj for the third consecutive year, with special guests and ten screenings, which will take place at Cinema City Iulius Mall and Victoria Cinema.
The festival opens on Thursday, October 25, with Ioana Uricaru’s Lemonade, a film presented in the Autumn Preview section. The screening will take place at Cinema City Iulius Mall at 19:30, in the presence of director Ioana Uricaru, who will enter into a dialogue with the audience after the film.
Lemonade premiered this year at the Berlinale, after which it was selected in over 25 festivals and purchased for distribution in 12 countries. The film received six awards at international festivals, including the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Director.
The screenings at Victoria Cinema take place between October 26 and 28, and in opening and closing are scheduled films awarded with ‘gold’ at this year’s Cannes festival.
On Friday, October 26 at 16:00, Girl, the Camera d’Or winner, by Belgian film director Lukas Dhont will be screened. In addition to the Cannes 2018 best debut prize, the film also won the FIPRESCI award in the Un Certain Regard section, as well as the award for Best Performance.
Also on Friday, Cluj spectators have the opportunity to meet Carlos Reygadas, the guest of honor of this year’s edition of Les Films de Cannes.
The screening of his latest film, Our Time / Nuestro tiempo, will start at 18:30. The director will make a brief introduction and then will be present at the end for a discussion with the audience. Natalia López, the director’s wife, will also be present at the screening. In addition to the editing of his previous films, Natalia López is cast in the leading role, which she plays forcefully yet gracefully.
On Saturday at 15:00, Sicilian Ghost Story by Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia. The film marked the return of the two co-directors in Semaine de la Critique, where their debut film won the grand prize, and tells a dramatic story inspired by real facts occurred in their native region.
Starting at 5:30 pm, two films will be screened in sequence. The first, the short of Georgiana Moldoveanu, Blue and Red in equal proportions, which premiered this year at Cannes in the section Cinéfondation, will be followed without break by Border, Iranian-Danish director Ali Abassi’s second film, which won the best film award in Un Certain Regard at Cannes this year. Abassi’s first film, Shelley, which introduced the Iranian director to the cinematic world and premiered at the Berlinale, marked the director’s collaboration with Cosmina Stratan, the actress whom the Danish author had noted after she received the award for Best Actress in Cannes in 2013 for her role in Beyond the Hills.
Saturday evening will end with Korean author Lee Chang-Dong’s Burning, the film awarded by critics the FIPRESCI prize for the best film in the Cannes Official Competition. The screening starts at 20:00.
On Sunday, the Cluj spectators will have the opportunity to (re)see two films screened in the tribute that Les Films de Cannes is presenting this year to director Lucian Pintilie: După-amiaza unui torționar, a film inspired by Doina Jela’s book, and Pintilie’s last short of his career, Tertium non datur, inspired by after a novella by Vasile Voiculescu. The latter marked Pintilie’s sympathy for the authors of the Romanian new wave in a particular way, as the great director asked Corneliu Porumboiu to have Tertium non datur screened alongside Liviu’s Dream, the film of Cannes laureate, Porumboiu.
Dogman will be screened at 17:30, directed by the winner of two Grand Prix prizes in Cannes, Matteo Garrone, author of the iconic Gomorrah. Dogman tells the story of a kind dog groomer, caught between forces greater than him, in a struggle with the Sicilian mafia. Leading actor Marcello Fonte received the award for Best Actor at Cannes.
Les Films of Cannes à Cluj-Napoca will conclude with Shoplifters, a film that brought director Kore-eda Hirokazu the first Palme d’Or of his career, although this was his seventh selection in the Official Cannes Competition. After the Jury Prize received in 2013 for Like Father, Like Son, Kore-eda received this year’s ultimate recognition for a hot and moving film about a family of petty thieves who find an abandoned little girl and decide to raise her as if she were their own child.
Film critic, Doru Pop will provide short introductions to all the films.
The films are screened in original, with Romanian subtitles.
Shoplifters is distributed in Romania by Independenta Film.
The price of a ticket at Victoria Cinema is 13 lei. Tickets can be purchased from the box office between 12:30 and 24:00.
The price of a ticket at the Lemonade screening at Cinema City Iuliu Mall is 20 lei. Students, students and retirees benefit from a discount.
The complete program of screenings can be found at http://filmedefestival.ro/les-films-de-cannes-2018/program/cluj-napoca/
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The Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest festival is presented by Orange Romania, a traditional partner of the event.
The festival’s official car: Renault
Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is a cultural project funded by the Romanian Ministry of Culture and National Identity, the National Center for Cinematography, the City Hall and Council of Cluj-Napoca.
Supported by: BRD – Groupe Société Générale, Catena
With the support of: Catena, Groupama Asigurări, Silva, Apa Nova
Partners: Air France, Romanian Cultural Institute, the Embassy of France and the French Institute in Bucharest, Cinema Victoria, Hotel Opera Plaza, Daisler, Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai, Bookstory, Iulius Mall, Leonidas, Demmer, La Casa.
Media partners: TVR, Radio România Cultural, Adevărul, Dilema Veche, OK! Magazine, Zile și Nopți, Agerpres, Senso TV, Tonica, Ziare.com, Business24, Observator Cultural, Paprika Radio.
Communications partner: PiArt Vision.
Monitoring partner: MediaTRUST