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.
Winners of the award for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress in Cannes will premiere at the festival. Audiences will have the chance of watching the much-awaited Cold War, by Pawel Pawlikowski, winner of the Best Director award, Ayka, by Sergey Dvortsevoy, awarded for Best Actress for Samal Yeslyamova, Dogman, by Matteo Garrone, winner of the Best Actor award for Marcello Fonte and 3 Faces, by Jafar Panahi, awarded (ex-aequo) for Best Screenplay.
Following his much applauded and awarded Ida, winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2015, Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love) went to Cannes this year with a film inspired by the life of his parents, taking home the award for Best Director. Cold War, set during the time of its turbulent namesake in Poland, is a passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatally mismatched and yet fatefully condemned to each other. A critics and audience darling, Cold War brings back the nostalgia of Polish cinematography and is considered a shoe-in for the Oscars even before Poland sets forth their official nomination, according to The Guardian. With a soundtrack featuring jazz and rock&roll rhythms that perfectly winds itself with the couple’s stormy relationship, the film is „one of the most colourful things you’ll ever see in black and white“ – Time Out.
After winning the Un Certain Regard Award in 2008 for his debut Tulpan, Kazakh director Sergey Dvortsevoy and actress Samal Yeslyamova return to Cannes with Ayka, the story of a young woman from Kyrgyzstan, an illegal refugee in Russia. In 2010, 248 newborns were abandoned at Russian hospitals by Kyrgyz women. This statistic was the inspiration for Ayka, „a raw, intimate drama [where] the limits of empathy are tested,“ according to Screen Daily. Following its Cannes premiere, Film New Europe noted that Samal Yeslyamova „turns an intense and moving performance in a visceral role that takes a no holds barred stance in showing just the depths of misery and suffering she confronts.”
Described as an urban western, Dogman is set in an Italian suburb, somewhere at the crossroads between metropolis and wilderness. Marcello, a likeable dog groomer, discreet and welcomed by everyone, finds himself caught in a power relationship with Simone, a former boxer who terrorizes the entire neighborhood. Inspired by a true story, Dogman is the most recent work of Matteo Garrone, winner of two awards in Cannes for Gomorrah (2008), and Reality (2012). Named a «modern-day Buster Keaton, almost a silent movie actor,“ by Garrone himself, Marcello Fonte was employed as a social worker when he met the director and was given the role that garnered him the Best Actor award in Cannes, along with international recognition.
In 3 Faces, the charismatic actress Behnaz Jafari is affected by the story of a girl who’s family forbids her to study at the Tehran conservatory. Behnaz turns to director Jafar Panahi to help her solve the girl’s predicament. Director, writer and documentarist Jafar Panahi was arrested on numerous occasions in Iran due to his non-confirmist style and the critical themes prevalent in his films. In 2010, Iranian authorities forbade him to make films in his native country for the following 20 years; a command he disregarded with determination and consistency. He is currently in his eighth year of prohibition, and 3 Faces is his fourth completed and awarded film in this period, following This is not a Film (2011) presented in Cannes, Closed Curtain (2013, Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Screenplay) and Taxi Teheran (2015, Berlinale Golden Bear). „This is Jafar Panahi, a filmmaker with more cause than most to feel victimized, turning a deeply respectful, artful and compassionate eye outward, to the struggles of others, and finding such empathy there that the film amounts to a heartfelt statement of solidarity,“ according to Variety in the lead-up to its world premiere in Cannes.
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.
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.
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