„Without a doubt, staying healthy and carrying on is most important right now: from school, to family, to jobs – which are in danger, especially for those freelancing in the cultural domain and in event management. On the other hand, it’s important to hold on to pre-pandemic routines – including those which don’t necessarily constitute basic human needs, like culture in general and a film festival in particular. Because indeed, it wouldn’t have been the end of the world if we didn’t organise the 11th edition of Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest – but we were stubborn and carried on, to hold on to a bit of normalcy which this annual event brings into our lives” says Cristian Mungiu, festival founder.
The 11th edition of Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest starts today. Over the next 10 days, audiences will be able to enjoy the newest titles from Cannes and other prestigious international film festival outdoor at two locations: the Pergola at the Verona Garden behind the Carturesti bookstore, and Fabrica Grivita, drive-in at the Snagov Park drive-in and online on Orange TV Go. Entrance is free for all outdoor screenings as well as to films screening online.
Every autumn, the newest Romanian films can be seen, before their cinema releases, in special screening at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest in the Autumn Previews section. This year is no exception, only that for this edition, audiences can follow the Autumn Previews online, on Orange TV Go – through the mobile app or on tvgo.orange.ro. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite film by selecting the number of stars on “Rate this title.” Based on your votes, one of the features in Autumn Previews will receive distribution support in the amount of 2500€ offered by DACIN SARA, the society of Romanian audiovisual filmmakers.
Between October 23rd and November 1st, audiences logging on to Orange TV Go will be amongst the first to screen: Mia Misses Her Revenge by Bogdan Theodor Olteanu, Holy Father, Andrei Dascalescu’s newest film, Simple Women, by Chiara Malta, Otto the Barbarian by Ruxandra Ghitescu, Us Against Ourselves by Andra Tarara and Kids Lost on the Beach, by Alina Manolache, as well as a curated selection of short films.
Following a violent break up, Mia, a young actress, decides to enact revenge on her former boyfriend. As her plan takes shape, Mia, together with her girlfriends, redefine the notion of femininity. Mia Misses Her Revenge is Bogdan Theodor Olteanu’s second feature – known for his debut Several Conversations About a Very Tall Girl (2018).
Holy Father is the third documentary directed by Andrei Dascalescu, following Constantin and Elena (2008) and Planet Petrila (2016), which brought the director numerous international awards. Andrei (the director) and Paula, his partner, find out that they are to become parents. While the future mother confronts the lack of a functional family structure from her past, the future father must address his own father, who abandoned him when he and his sister were little to become a monk in the Athos Mountains. „Challenges and doubts raised walls that are hard to bring down, but I don’t want to break the promise I made to my daughter – to be a good father,” says Andrei Dascalescu.
Simple Women are Federica and Elina, an aspiring director who, during preparations for a film with her teenage idol, things go haywire. During shooting, Federica has an epileptic fit, and odd things start popping up. In the end, as if by magic, everything is seen through a new perspective. A Romanian-Italian co-production, this is Chiara Malta’s debut feature, which had its world premiere in Toronto last year.
Ruxandra Ghitescu’s feature debut, Otto the Barbarian, introduces us to a 17-year-old punk who is confronted with the loss of his girlfriend. He becomes the captive of a vicious circle created by his parents, his old grandfather, his girlfriend’s mother and the investigation led by social services. In order to survive, Otto must confront his feelings and guilt in this not-to-miss coming of age story.
A common passion and debilitating mental disorder bring together, in front of the camera, a father and daughter. As we become witnesses to their relationship, a more complex discussion with a particular social dynamic takes shape, touching on subjects like the inability to communicate, the passing down of trauma from generation to generation, education and personal development, and the stigmatisation of mental disorders. Us Against Ourselves by Andra Tarara weaves together a series of dialogues with sequences from their daily lives; alternating images filmed in the present as well as those from their VHS archives.
Following its premiere at the Taormina International Film Festival, audiences of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest will have the chance to watch Kids Lost on the Beach, which invites us into an emotional labyrinth presenting the subjective imagery of a generation. The director goes on a search for children who got lost on the beach in the 90s and, with this pretext, meets various people of her own age in different areas of the country. What it’s like for the first generation born in the “free years” following the Revolution? What are their fears? What are their beliefs about the future? The documentary by Alina Manolache proposes a collective portrait using diverse nuances as an answer; an empathetic view into the lives of courageous personalities, insecure or melancholic, for whom to be “lost” takes on new meaning every time.
Besides the feature films screening online, those who access Orange TV Go will be able to screen a selection of short films, grouped into three programs: Sorrow (2020, fiction, 28’) by Sarra Tsorakidis, Fairy Fever (2020, fiction, 25’) by Tudor Cristian Jurgiu, Letter of Forgiveness (2020, fiction, 15’) directed by Alina Serban, What the Heck Should I Write About? (2019, animation, 5’) by Matei Monoranu, Invisibles by 4INAROOM (2020, animation, 10’), Laila (2020, fiction, 26’), directed by Raya al Souliman, Death (2020, animation, 2’) by Laura Pop, The Trophy of Youth (2019, documentary, 16’) by Răzvan Oprescu, Along Came a Prince (2020, fiction, 22’) directed by Cristina Grosan and the short film selected in Cinéfondation at the Cannes Film Festival, Contraindications (2019, fiction, 18’), by Lucia Chicos.
Journey Around the Home in 60 Days (2020, 83’) is an omnibus comprised of 6 short films, produced during the COVID-19 lock-down period and commissioned for the 2020 European Film Festival, and will be available on Orange TV Go in premiere. Bringing together established and debut filmmakers , the collective text is a cathartic reaction to the global pandemic, offering a personal reflection of each directors’ creative imaginary during this period of uncertainty.
Between October 23rd and November 1st on Orange TV Go, 10 of the most awarded and appreciated films premiered in recent editions of the Cannes Film Festival and in past editions of Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest in the section “Best-of.”
Everyday, audiences will be able to screen a different film from the “Best-of” section, available between 12:00 – 00:00: Matthias and Maxime directed by Xavier Dolan, a regular at the Cannes Film Festival, the thriller Little Joe, winner of the Best Actress Award for Emily Beecham in Cannes in 2019, Dogman, by Matteo Garrone – Best Actor for Marcello Fonte in 2018, the much-discussed Burning by Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-Dong and winner of the FIPRESCI Award in 2018, Girl, winner of four awards in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2018: Best Actor for Victor Polster, Queer Palme, FIPRESCI Award and the Camera d’Or for best debut, as well as Border – “a convincing story, at time unsettling, of our times,” (The New York Times) by Ali Abbasi. Also screening as part of the “Best-of” section, Jupiter’s Moon by Kornél Mundruczó – Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017, Sicilian Ghost Story, presented in the same year in Semaine de la Critique, The Florida Project, presented in Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2017 and You Were Never Really Here by Lynne Ramsay – awarded with Best Screenplay and Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix in Cannes in 2017.
Also playing on Orange TV Go, the Film-minute selection will also be available, presented in partnership with the One-minute Film Festival.
A selection of the best films of the year, distinguished with the Cannes 2020 Label and premiered in other prestigious international festivals will be presented at the Fabrica Grivița terrace, where one film will be screened each evening between October 23rd – 25th, while at the Pergola of the Verona Garden behind the Carturesti bookstore will host one film per evening between October 23rd – November 1st; the majority of the films screening are Romanian premieres. Films screening outdoors will welcome spectators with a warm tea, as well as a blanket to take home following the screening.
„In these uncertain times, we need, more than ever, moments to help us carry on. I think that Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is such an occasion and we’re happy to have this familiar event with which to charge our souls with the ineffable charm and magic of cinema,” stated Ioana Flora – the ambassador of the 11th edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest.
The Orange TV Go app is available on mobile and tablet on Android or iOS, as well as via smart TV, compatible with Samsung televisions operating on Tizen, as well as Philips, Sony and TCL televisions operating on Android.
Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is presented by Orange Romania, traditional partner of the event.
Inspired by: UniCredit Bank
With the support of: Catena, Apa Nova, Groupama Insurance
The 11th edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is organised by the Cinemascop Association 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 Ministry of Culture and National Identity, and the Romanian National Center for Cinematography
Partners: Dacin Sara, Carturesti Bookstores, Fabrica Grivita, Sonoro Festival, Romanian National Museum of Art, Europa Cinemas, Multimedia Est, Cinelabs Romania, HBO Europe
Principal Media Partners: TVR, Magic FM, Rock FM
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