The American Independent Film Festival has started in Bucharest with the screening of “Moonlight,” winner of the Oscar for Best Picture in 2017. The event was the more important and expected as film director Barry Jenkins engaged in a conversation with moviegoers via Skype. The festival, set to take place on September 15-21 in Bucharest, will feature 30 screenings of some of the most recent independent films made in the U.S.
On the second day of the festival, actor Joaquin Phoenix, who watched the screening of “Her” on Saturday, will meet the public. Actor John C. Reilly arrived at the festival on Saturday too. He is in Romania to shoot “The Sisters Brothers,” an international production. “The Little Hours” and “Hard Eight” were screened in his honour.
“I was very lucky to play in my first film alongside Sean Penn and Brian de Palma. Sean was my mentor from the beginning and he told me: ‘now that you’ve done this you’ll have to try doing things at least the same way if not better, because the last role defines you forever,’” John C. Reilly stated in an interview that can be read on the American Independent Film Festival’s website.
Costume designer Milena Canonero, winner of 4 Oscars for her work in “Barry Lyndon” (1975), “Chariots of Fire” (1981), “Marie Antoinette” (2006) and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014), is in Romania for the “The Sisters Brothers” international production. On this occasion, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was screened on Saturday, September 16, at the Eforie Cinematheque, as part of the American Independent Film Festival.
Milena Canonero started her career working with film director Stanley Kubrick, her portfolio also including collaborations with famous film directors such as Alan Parker, Hugh Hudson, Francis F. Coppola, Roman Polanski and Sofia Coppola. She also made costumes for opera productions for the Scala di Milano, the Vienna Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.
The Focus Ethan Hawke Section will bring the American actor before the public at the screening of “Born to Be Blue” (September 19, 9 p.m., Cinema PRO) and “Boyhood” (September 20, 7.15 p.m., Cinema PRO), and at the closing of the festival, when he will take part in a Q&A session after the screening of “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” (September 21, 7 p.m., Cinema PRO).
The American Independent Film Festival is organised by the Cinemascop Association in partnership with the Bucharest City Hall via ARCUB, with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Romania and of the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania (AmCham Romania).