The full screening program of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is now available on filmedefestival.ro, and tickets are available through Eventbook.ro. Screenings will take place between October 19th and 28th at Cinema PRO, Cinema Elvire Popesco, Cinema Muzeul Țăranului, Cinemateca Union and Grand Cinema & More in Băneasa Shopping City.
All the major awards winners from the 2018 edition of the Cannes Film Festival, along with the winners from Berlin and Venice come, every autumn, to Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest.
Shoplifters, the film which brought Kore-eda Hirokazu the first Palme d’Or of his career, will be screened in Romanian premiere. The film was also the inspiration for this year’s poster: a pictograph which incorporates part of the Japanese director’s name.
A not-to-miss special event, Roma, by Alfonso Cuarón, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival this year, will be screened for the first and only time on the silver screen in Romania. The screening will take place at Grand Cinema & More in Băneasa Shopping City.
Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno, the film for which director Abdellatif Kechiche sold the Palme d’Or he received for Blue is the Warmest Colour in 2013, will be screened exclusively at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest, given that Romanian distribution is not in place. Le Parisien described the film as a “wonderfully naturalistic fresco about youth and desire.”
No less than 17 titles from the Cannes Official Selection are coming to Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest 2018: Le Livre d’image, by Jean-Luc Godard, winner of the Special Palme d’Or; Burning, by Lee Chang-Dong, winner of the FIPRESCI Prize, for best film in competition; BlacKkKlansman, by Spike Lee, winner of the Grand Prix; Cold War, by Pawel Pawlikowski – Best Director; Dogman, by Matteo Garrone, awarded for Best Actor; Ayka, by Serghei Dvortsevoy, awarded for Best Actress; 3 Faces, by Jafar Panahi – Best Screenplay; Capharnaüm by Nadine Labaki, winner of the Grand Jury Prize; Girl, by Lukas Dhont, winner of the Caméra d’Or for best debut; Border, by Ali Abbasi, winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize for Best Film, as well as the newest films from emblematic directors such as Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Jia Zhang-ke, and Gaspar Noé.
In the Aide à la Distribution section, eight films from Cannes 2018 that do not have Romanian distribution in place will be competing for the Distribution Award, consisting of a promotional package valued at 2500€, to be offered to the Romanian distributor who acquires the title, and brings it to the big screen.
Following China last year, Mexico will be this year’s country in Focus. Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest will be showcasing a retrospective of Carlos Reygadas, the central figure of the Mexican New Wave. His five features will be presented, from his debut Japón, which brought him into the film critics’ limelight, to Our Time, his most recent film, where Reygadas plays the main role himself. Screenings will be in the presence of the director, in Bucharest as well as in the festival’s local editions.
Within the framework of Focus Mexico, spectators will be able to see the films of other well known contemporary Mexican directors, such as Cronos, the debut feature from Guillermo del Toro (who won the Oscar for Best Film for The Shape of Water last year), and The Untamed, the film which brought Amat Escalante the Silver Lion for Best Directing in Venice, in 2016.
This year’s Auteur Retropective will be Asghar Farhadi, the only director in the world to have won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film twice. His most recent title, Everybody Knows, starring Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz, will open Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest this year. As well, audiences will have the opportunity to (re)discover About Elly, awarded with the Berlin Silver Bear for Best Direction in 2009, and A Separation (2011), the feature which won Farhadi the first Oscar of his career.
One of the most awaited events this year is the Lucian Pintilie homage, organized in partnership with the National Theatre Festival. Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest will be showing Pintilie’s entire body of feature films, in the presence of the actors, collaborators, and friends of the director. As well, spectators will have the chance to discover Lucian Pintilie in two lesser known films: Fără Titlu, by Horea Lapteș and Filmare/Filmage, by Gabriel Kosuth. The National Festival Theatre will be presenting recordings of the director’s two novelty plays: The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen, and The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Cinephiles can also discover the Romanian pre-premieres of the fall and to choose, via voting, their favourite. The winner will be given the award for Distribution Support, valued at 5000€, and offered by DACIN SARA and the Cinemascop Association. The award will be presented to the Romanian distributor of the film. Golden Bear winner Touch Me Not, the much awaited film from Adina Pintilie, will also be presented in pre-premiere at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest.
All films are presented in their original language, with Romanian subtitles. Films which have subtitles in other languages as well will be indicated on the website and in the festival catalogue.
Tickets and reservations, including those for screenings with free entrance, are available online through Eventbook.ro, and at the ticket counters of the cinemas.
Shoplifters, Climax, Cold War, Capharnaüm and Le Livre d’image are distributed in Romania by Independența Film, and BlacKkKlansman is distributed by Ro Image.
Follow all information and the festival program on filmedefestival.ro, on the official Facebook page and on Instagram.
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 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 and DACIN SARA.
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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