By Ioan Lazar in Cannes
The second week of the International Movie Festival Cannes has begun (May 14-25). No statistics can be made after only a couple of weeks, but one can notice a all programs running at full throttle despite the rain that came upon the viewers.
Two movies entered the competition on Monday. The public and the film critics focused on Maps of the Stars. Canadian David Cronenberg presented a depiction in harsh colours of the cinema universe at Hollywood, with dramatic and picturesque characters, but also imbalanced and obsessed with glory; an emotional movie that calls for meditation.
The second part of the day was dominated by a movie produced by Radu Mihaileanu, Cartoonists – Foot Soldiers of Democracy. The entire team was present, presented by the first man of the festival, Thierry Fremaux. We remind that the Romanian-born French filmmaker was awarded on Saturday the Order of Officer of Arts and Letters by relevant minister Aurelie Fillipetti. The movie was watched with interest in the chamber called La Soixantieme.
This documentary is a promise made by the filmmaker last year, and the performance to bring it to the festival in such a short time was remarked by the General Delegate of the Festival. A unique topic, it presents the portrait of 12 newspaper designers from 12 states and the endeavour to reveal the truth with the utensils of their profession, with humour and wit playing the major role.
It is worth mentioning the screening and the press conference during the second day of the movie Two Days, One Night of the Belgians Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, a dramatic story of a young girl, Sandra (Marillon Cotillard) and her efforts to persuade her fellow workers to give up a EUR 1000 bonus so that her (mother of two) could hold her job, of course, during an acute economic crisis. Once again the filmmakers propose to us a remarkable exercise of humanity, a social realistic cinema, remarkably acute in its actuality. It would be no surprise that they might be the first winners of the Palme d’Or.
Human Voice by Edoardo Ponti was screened during the afternoon at Cannes Classics, with the mother of the director, Sophia Loren, in the unique feminine role. Today, Wednesday on May 21 at 4:45 pm, the great artist will provide a Masterclass.
We want to stress in today’s article the initiative of the National Cinematography Centre to support six new Romanian productions to be brought to Cannes Movie Fair, some of which premiered in Bucharest, others waiting for the moment. For instance, the public could watch Lindenfeld by Radu Gabrea on Monday, and Tuesday, the latest movie of Dan Pita, Kira Kiralina (Palais F, at 9:30).