The latest cinematic productions from all the French-speaking cultural areas come together every autumn in Belgium. These are films which travelled the wide world, having competed in American, French and Spanish film festivals and many others. Within the various sections we find films awarded distinctions in Cannes, while the festival offers the chance of an encounter with first-rank names of world cinema. The 26th edition of the International French-Language Film Festival takes place this year between September 30 and October 7. Productions and filmmakers from French-speaking spaces across the world will be present, as every year, in Namur. Romania is, once again, well-represented in the festival. No less than nine Romanian productions are featured on the festival programme, let alone the presence of Romanian actors and filmmakers in various juries or special manifestations.
Thus, two Romanian films are included in the official selection, competing for the Bayards: the animation feature “Crulic – drumul spre dincolo” (Crulic – The Road Beyond), by Anca Damian, and “Din dragoste cu cele mai bune intentii” (Out of Love, for the Best Reasons), by Adrian Sitaru. We find another seven short-reel films featured on the programme of other sections: “Categorie grea” (Heavyweight -directed by Olivia Caciuleanu), “Crawling to Your Door” (dir. Mihnea Popescu), “Fotografia” (The Photograph- dir. Victor Dragomir), “Skin” (dir. Ivona Mladenovici), “The Ship” (dir. Anton Octavian), “Late Lights” (dir. Mihnea Popescu) and “Apele tac” (Silent River- dir. Miruna Lazarescu). These are films signed by young directors, students or fresh graduates.
Also featured on the festival’s programme is “La source des femmes”, signed by Romanian-born filmmaker Radu Mihaileanu, which premiered in May in Cannes. The actress Ozana Oancea is a member on the short-reel productions’ jury. We also have a representative on this year’s “junior” jury – film student Andreea Mihalcea.
Other Romanian guests in Namur include Ada Solomon (the producer of “Din dragoste cu cele mai bune intentii”) and actress Ada Ularu, invited to participate in a forum of young European talents. In other words, we can boast an impressive presence, which does, once again, justice to Romanian cinema.