The latest film by Cristi Puiu and the resounding success of Radu Jude this year can be seen at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest

The Fall Premieres section brings Romanian films in premiere to Cinema Eforie every day of the festival. This year, the selection includes the latest films from established Romanian directors such as Cristi Puiu – MMXX, Radu Jude – Don’t Expect Too Much from the End of the World, Romania’s nomination for the 2023 Oscars, and Marian Crișan – Warboy. Two of the films are debuts: Horia marks the directorial debut of Ana-Maria Comănescu, and Captura is directed by Adi Voicu. Out of the 12 films, five are documentaries: Between Revolutions – Vlad Petri, Magnificent Sky – Alexandru Badea, Anhell69 – Theo Montoya, The Land We Belong – Elena Rebeca Carini, Waves on Dry Land – Raluca David. Încă două lozuri brings back Dorian Boguță, Dragoș Bucur, and Alexandru Papadopol in a sequel to the 2016 audience hit, directed by Paul Negoescu. 21 Rubies is the film featuring the controversial priest Ciprian Mega, starring American actor Mickey Rourke and French actor Anthony Delon.

The Fall Premieres section is the only competitive section at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest. The presented films compete for the Audience Award, worth €2,500, offered by Dacin Sara to support distribution in cinemas.

The Fall Premieres section is supported by Groupama Insurance and curated by Andrei Tănăsescu, who will also moderate the Q&A sessions after the feature films.

Outside the competition, three sets of Romanian short films will be presented at Cinema Union on Tuesday, October 24, Wednesday, October 25, and Thursday, October 26, starting at 6:00 PM. At the end of each set, the audience is invited to stay for Q&A sessions with the film teams, moderated by Anca Vancu (Films in Frame). For those who cannot attend the cinema, some of the short films will be available for free on October 28 and 29 on the Orange TV Go platform.

Tickets are on sale through the Eventbook network. The schedule for Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest can be found on filmedefestival.ro.

The feature films from the Fall Premieres section can be viewed at Cinema Eforie from Friday, October 20, to Sunday, October 29. The ticket price is 20 lei per screening, and pensioners receive a 50% discount at festival locations upon presentation of their pension slip.

Fall Premieres at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest

WARBOY – Marian Crișan

Fall of 1944. World War 2 is closing to an end. Nicu, a teenager, embarks on a journey through the wilderness of the Apuseni Mountains, trying to save the horses of his family.

MMXX – Cristi Puiu

Oana Pfifer, a distracted young therapist, Mihai Dumitru, her younger brother, busy with his birthday celebration, Septimiu Pfifer, Oana’s husband worried about a possible SARS COV 2 contamination, Narcis Pătrănescu, an organized crime inspector… the wanderings of a couple of souls stuck at the crossroads of history.

BETWEEN REVOLUTIONS – Vlad Petri (documentary)

In 1970s Bucharest, Zahra and Maria form a deep friendship while studying at university. As political turmoil brews in Iran, Zahra is forced to return home, leaving Maria behind. Over the next decade, they maintain their connection through a series of letters, chronicling their struggles as women fighting for a voice and their respective countries moving in divergent directions. Despite the distance and obstacles, their longing for each other remains strong.

Încă două lozuri – Paul Negoescu 

When Sile is released from prison, he aims to get rich by mining cryptocurrencies. Alongside Dinel and Pompiliu, they encounter Ionuț, the top student in the county, who helps them mine cryptocurrencies worth 6 million euros, storing them on a USB drive. Dinel is tasked with safely keeping the USB drive, but he manages the remarkable feat of losing it very quickly. Consequently, the three embark on a quest to find it.

DON’T EXPECT TOO MUCH FROM THE END OF THE WORLD – Radu Jude

Road movie, montage film, drama: in this film, Angela (Ilinca Manolache), a production assistant, crosses Bucharest for a casting for a labor protection commercial commissioned by a multinational corporation. This Alice in Wonderland encounters businessmen, bullies, a workplace accident victim, a sex partner, her own digital avatar, another Angela, taken from Lucian Bratu’s Angela Goes On (a film old and forgotten by the world), and Goethe’s great-granddaughter (Nina Hoss).

ANHELL69 – Theo Montoya (documentary) 

A funeral car cruises the streets of Medellín, while a young director tells the story of his past in this violent and conservative city. He remembers the pre- production of his first film, a B-movie with ghosts. The young queer scene of Medellín is casted for the film, but the main protagonist dies of a heroin overdose at the age of 21, just like many friends of the director. ANHELL69 explores the dreams, doubts and fears of an annihilated generation, and the struggle to carry on making cinema.

Magnificent Sky – Alexandru Badea  (documentary)

Theory and practice meet the noise of reality in a portrait of Romanian avant-garde composers Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram, whose driving ambition was to provoke a revolution in sound. As a home is packed up and a life’s work is reflected on, film and subject offer a meditation on loneliness, time and death, the reverberations of lives, legacies and sounds. Their influential spectral music finds a mirror in a pointillistic film that builds itself as a journey into philosophies of composition and interpretation – an inquiry equally applied to the music, the characters and the film itself.

Waves on dry land – Raluca David (documentary)

Viața lui Lucian se împarte între Ecuador, Portugalia și vizitele în țara natală – Republica Moldova, între problemele sale și ale celor cu care interacționează, între telefoane, drumuri, familie, oraș și valuri. El visează să își reprezinte țara la Jocurile Olimpice, categoria surf și face tot ce-i stă în putere pentru asta.

Horia – Ana-Maria Comănescu

Restless teenager Horia takes off on his father’s old motorbike in a cross-country journey to reunite with his love. On the road, he is joined by Stela, a sassy 13-year-old, and an unlikely friendship blooms.

The Land You Belong – Elena Rebeca Carini (documentary)

Elena is an Italian born in Bucharest. She was adopted at six months and is now about to turn 30. When she discovers that she has a brother named Gérard, who lives in Belgium with his adoptive parents, Elena hits the road with a crazy idea: a trip to Bucharest with Gérard and her camera to meet him, but also herself, who she could have been if she had grown up where she was born.

Capture – Adi Voicu 

The televised images show that the protesters have invaded the center of Bucharest. The feeling of release from his own captivity, leads Sami to make direct contact with reality. Hiding behind the camera, he becomes the victim of the gendarmes who have just liberated University Square. The unexpected transition from the virtual to the real plane causes him to radically change his perception of his own universe.

21 de rubies – Ciprian Mega

The story of Nina, a young prosecutor portrayed by Corina Moise, unfolds as Nina and her boyfriend, Yuri (Anthony Delon), a film director, collaborate on the development of a screenplay inspired by a family portrait. The political tensions at the end of the year 2022 bring Nina into the public spotlight, with her name being circulated for the position of Attorney General of Romania. However, her appointment to this role depends on Mandovanis (Mickey Rourke), the Secretary of State of the U.S. government, and Nicoletta Delalachiessa (Elisabetta Pellini), the representative of the European Commission. Her meetings with them turn into a genuine examination, coupled with artistic pursuits and her romantic relationship with Yuri, revealing Nina’s perception of the society in which she lives.

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

Inspired by: UniCredit Bank

With the support of: Pepsi, Catena, Groupama, McDonald’s

A cultural project financed by: The Romanian Film Centre, SACD / Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques, the French Embassy in Romania and the French Institute in Romania, and the Italian Cultural Institute, Dacin Sara, Unifrance

Partners: Renault, Mercure Hotel, SERVE, Avanpost, Abator, Cinema Muzeul Țăranului, National Film Archive – Romanian Cinematheque, Europa Cinemas, Aparterre, Air France, Cărturești, Ototo, Unika, Biciclop, Ritter Sport

 

Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is a project co-financed by the Bucharest City Hall through ARCUB within the Bucharest – Affective City 2023 programme. For more detailed information about the financing program of the Bucharest mayorship through ARCUB, please visit www.arcub.ro. 

Media partners: PRO TV, RockFM, Agerpres, Libertatea, Elle Romania, Scena9, Revista Biz, Haute Culture Magazine, Zile și Nopți, IQads, Igloo, Cultura la Dubă, Films in Frame, Cinemagia, Cinefan, Cinefilia, Observator Cultural

Monitoring partner: MediaTrust

Cultural partner: RFI Romania

**The content of this material does not necessarily represent the official position of the Bucharest City Hall or that of ARCUB.