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Fanny Ardant attends the French Film Festival opening

The French actress Fanny Ardant will be present tomorrow at Studio Cinema in Bucharest, for the opening of the 13th edition of the French Film Festival (November 26-December 3), when the France-Romania-Portugal co-production “Cendres et sang” [Ash and blood], the debut of the famous actress as director, will be projected. “The present year edition of the festival is exceptional because it opens with the film “Cendres et sang,” in the presence of Fanny Ardant, and closes with the film “Le Concert” by Radu Mihaileanu,” Denis Soriot, director of the French Cultural Institute from Bucharest, declared on Tuesday in a press conference.


The cast of the film “Ash and blood” includes important Romanian actors: Olga Tudorache, Ion Besoiu, Razvan Vasilescu, Tudor Aaron Istodor, Andrei Finti, Andrei Aradits, Madalina Constantin. Selected at the International Film Festival from Cannes 2009 and presented at the 8th edition of Transilvania International Film Festival, “Ash and blood” tells the story of Judits, a woman who refused for years to return to her native country. However, ten years after her husband was murdered, she decides to give up the fears and secrets and accepts the invitation of her family to a wedding. The return will open old wounds, all the present persons being pushed to a confrontation with their own past. The 13th edition of the French Film Festival is one of the most awaited meetings not only in Bucharest, but also in other cities, some of the selected films going to Iasi, Cluj and Timisoara. The spectators of the festival will have the opportunity to discover the diversity and quality of the most recent productions thanks to a selection of films presented as a first or preview. At this edition, the French Film Festival will also try to highlight the originality and the eclecticism of the French cinema, through special sections dedicated to internationally known actors – Charles Berling and Charlotte Gainsbourg – and through Bernard Tavernier retrospective. Other sections will be “The night of the fantastic film,” or “Previews and panorama of the recent French film,” when films like “Delice Paloma” by Nadir Mokneche, “Le Dernier des fous” by Laurent Achard, or “Le Premier Cri” by Gilles de Maistre can be seen. The French-Russian-Romanian co-production, “Le Concert” [The Concert], written and directed by Radu Mihaileanu, winner of the award Cesar 2006 for the Best script, will close the edition 2009 of the French Film festival. The cast includes actors of various nationalities, among whom Aleksei Guskov, Melanie Laurent, Francois Berleand, Vlad Ivanov, Valentin Teodosiu, Ion Sapdaru and Maria Dinulescu.

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