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December 7, 2021

Cannes 2011 Maia Morgenstern collects accolades

The Cannes festival picks up steam. In other words, along with the sun which, as of Sunday morning, finally came out in all its glory, the cinematic landscape of this edition becomes more exciting by the day. The first weekend brought the first Romanian presence in the 64th edition’s programme.

Saturday saw the screening of “La fin du silence”, at the Théatre Croisette Hall (11:30am). Right after the screening, in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs ambiance, a press conference was organized. The debate was chaired by Fréderic Boyer, the director of the section. Alongside the director Roland Edzard, the other participants included the (independent) producer and the actors in the leading roles. The actress who played Anne’s part, Maia Morgenstern, enjoyed a special, well-deserved, attention. In the film’s difficult plot, filled with violence and ambivalent situations, the presence of a special talent, like Maia Morgenstern’s, lent the dénoument the needed depth.

Without being necessarily typecast as a mother figure (let us remember she played “Mary” in Mel Gibson’s already legendary production, “The Passion of the Christ”), yet no longer aspiring, given her age, to Juliet figures, as she herself underlined with admirable self-irony, the actress made a special point of mentioning the harmonious collaboration with the entire team.

The film was shot in the mountains, in harsh conditions, in a relatively record time (less than two months). It includes scenes which presupposed a total physical involvement: direct confrontations, in the rain and mud. However, what Roland Edzard’s first feature film has managed is channelling significances towards what, in a Greek tragedy setting, has to do with clarifying final reactions, transcending immediate truth, to accede to the fundamentals of human nature.
The portrait that Maia Morgenstern brings to life is that of a mother with a heavy conscience, who is capable, however, to find atonement, saving her child’s life.

The first weekend here in Cannes also saw the first Romanian party, organized by Kodak, as well as the manifestation marking two decades since the inauguration of the MEDIA Program for European cinema.

The following days will bring other Romanian moments. The most important of these is, of course, the entrance into the competition of Catalin Mi­tulescu’s “Loverboy”, scheduled for Wednesday, in the Un Certain Regard section (with two projections, in the afternoon and evening), at the Debussy Hall.

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