„Other times, other customs”

This fall, Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest will continue to bring cinephiles many of the most awaited titles and events, in a new fashion. Keeping its original dates – October 23rd – November 1st –  the festival will organize events taking place online, in open air spaces and at the drive-in, respecting all safety and sanitary measures in place at that time.

Starting on October 23rd and running for six days, audiences will be able to enjoy a selection of comedies and dramas coming from the most important international film festivals in the comfort of their own car at Event Park Snagov Drive-In Cinema. On the 112sqm screen, The Speech by Laurent Tirard, The Truth by Hirokazu Koreeda, Another Round by Thomas Vinterberg, Mandibules by Quentin Dupieux, the much awaited True Mothers by Japanese auteur Naomi Kawase and Sweat by Magnus von Horn will be presented.

The Speech | Le discours is the eighth feature and newest comedy from Laurent Tirard, a director who has managed the impossible balance between artistic quality and box-office success. The Story of My Life ( 743 000 admissions in France and winner of the 2004 César Award for Best Supporting Actor), Molière (1.2 million admissions in France and 4 nominations at the 2007 César Awards), Little Nicholas (5.5 million admissions in France in 2009, Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia, (3.8 million admissions in 2012 and Nicholas on Holiday (2.4 million admissions in 2014) are testament to his talent.

The film introduces us to Adrien, who, at 35, is in the throes of a midlife crisis. He’s neurotic and a hypochondriac and the prisoner of a never-ending family dinner. He’s annoyed that his girlfriend isn’t replying to his texts and to make things worse, his nagging future brother-in-law asks him to prepare a speech to deliver at their wedding. What could be worse?

The Truth | La Vérité, Palme d’Or winner Hirokazu Koreeda’s first film outside Japan and starring two legends of the French cinema, Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche, opened the Official Competition of the Venice Film Festival. The Truth describes a stormy reunion between an actress and her daughter, after the publication of her scandalous memoirs. Three generations of extraordinary French actors come together in the Japanese master’s film. „Using compassion and the slightest touch of syrup, Koreeda brings his characters to a place where they realize with shock that they’re finally on the same page.” – Boston Globe.

„The new film returns to some of Koreeda’s favorite themes of responsibility, legacy, and the fluidity of roles between parents and children,” states The New Republic. Hirokazu Koreeda is a regular at major film festivals, especially on the Croisette. In 1995, his directorial debut Maborosi, based on the book by Miyamoto Teru, won the Venice Trophy. After Life (2008) was distributed in over 30 countries, brought him international fame. In 2001, Distance was selected to the Official Competition of the Cannes Film Festival, followed by Nobody Knows (2004), which led to Yagira Yuya to become the youngest winner of the award for Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival.

In 2009, Air Doll world premiered in Un Certain Regard, and was praised for raising the bar through his depiction of sensual fantasies. In 2015, Our Little Sister was in the Official Competition of the Cannes Film Festival, going on to win multiple international awards. After the Storm brought Koreeda back to Un Certain Regard and in 2017, The Third Murder premiered in Competition at the Venice Film Festival. 2018 brought us Shoplifters, unanimously declared a masterpiece, and won the Palme d’Or and a nomination for Best International Film at the Academy Awards.

In what some have called the French version of Dumb & Dumber, Mandibules tells the story of two less-than intelligent friends who discover an enormous fly in the trunk of a car they’ve stolen. In the hopes of winning some money off of their find, they start training and taming the fly in this hilarious comedy written, directed, filmed and edited by Quentin Dupieux. Audience friendly Mandibules exemplifies the director’s preoccupation with the comical absurd generated by bizarre and unexpected situations.

What makes Mandibules so refreshing is that, just as its anti-heroes don’t care about how they are supposed to behave, Dupieux has an airy disregard for how a chase thriller or a horror movie is supposed to proceed. He buzzes around wherever he wants to go. The buddy comedies of the 1990s were rarely as refreshing as this,” according to Indiewire.

A true character, Quentin Dupieux is also known under his stage name Mr. Oizo. He’s known for his electronic music sets in the United States and as a director, has made unconventional comedies such as Rubber, Wrong, Wrong Cops and Reality. Using the pseudonym Mr. Oizo, he became known for Flat Beat, released in 1999.

Sweat, directed by Magnus Von Horn, follows three days in the life of fitness trainer and motivational influencer Sylwia Zając. Though she has hundreds of thousands of followers, is encircled by a loyal crew and is admired by her relatives, what she’s really searching for is honest and real intimacy. As she shouts “she’s got the look! She’s got the look!” in tune to Roxette in her car, an empathetic, composed character is revealed; revealing a person as impressive as the film itself. If the story is to teach us something, it’s that however hard we try to change our bodies, it will never be enough. This is a deep film about the consequences of celebrity – inasmuch as it is understood today.

Sweat, part of the 2020 Cannes Official Selection is the second feature from Swedish director and screenwriter Magnus Von Horn. He debuted with The Here After, where his cool, detached and objective style turns into a convincing and thrilling study of a young man who trying to reintegrate himself into his school after having committed a violent crime. The Here After world premiered in Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, was nominated for the Camera d’Or and ran a very successful festival circuit.

True Mothers, Naomi Kawase’s most recent film centres around two strong main characters “who make a persuasive case that they are worth knowing” (Screen Daily): Satoko, the adopted mother and Hikari, the young and desperate biological mother who doesn’t want to disappear from her son’s life. Kawase, who, in turn, has an adopted son of her own, offers a new perspective around the notion of child adoption in her film, weaving different narrative threads and styles, from moral drama to adolescent romance – from social exposure to thriller – in an emotional, at times unsettling, cinematic experience. Following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and its screening in the selection at San Sebastian. Audiences in Bucharest will be among the first in the world to see the film at Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest.

As previously announced, one of the films which audiences can enjoy at Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest is Another Round | Druk starring Mads Mikkelsen. Sold to over 30 territories since its announcement in the Cannes selection from the United States to Japan to Romania through Bad Unicorn, the film, directed by the famed Thomas Vinterberg focuses on four high-school teachers who test the theory that you can live and work better if you maintain a steady amount of alcohol in your system. “From there,” according to Indiewire, “Thomas Vinterberg’s absorbing dark comedy turns into a lively and fascinating referendum on booze, with Mads Mikkelsen’s fierce and unsettling performance vibrating at its center.

More information concerning the complete program of the 11th edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest, special events and the online program as well as open-air locations will be announced in the coming days.

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Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is presented by Orange Romania, traditional partner of the event.

With the support of: Catena, Apa Nova, Groupama Insurance

Inspired by: UniCredit Bank
The 11th edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is organized by the Cinemascop Association and
Voodoo Films in partnership with the French Embassy and the French Institute of Romania
Project co-financed by: Administration of the National Cultural Fund
Cultural project financed by: the Romanian National Center for Cinematography