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“Les films de Cannes a Bucarest”, from film to gypsy music

Parties to the rhythms of folk or gypsy music ensembles, as well as Nightlosers (photo), are scheduled on the first three evenings of the ‘Les Films de Cannes a Bu­carest’ festival, October 14, 15 and 16, at the Peasant’s Club, within the Romanian Peasant’s Museum, the organizers inform. The festival, organized by the Voodoo Films distribution company, is running until October 20 at the Studio Cinema and the Romanian Director’s New Cinema.

Tonight we are invited to dance to the music of the Marsa Taraf. The folk ensemble from the Giurgiu/ Teleorman area is conducted by Vasile Dinu, 75, well-known for his collaboration with Zdob si Zdub on the song “Dimineata pe racoare”, and includes a cymbal, a contrabass, two accordions, a violin and a clarinet. On Saturday, October 15, we are tempted with a concert featuring Nightlosers and Elvis Romano. Nightlosers’ trademark sound combines American rhythm & blues with Romanian and Hungarian folklore and gypsy influences. Finally, on Sunday, October 16, the shindig continues to the music of the gypsy brass band Mircea Dinescu discovered in Darvari, Mehedinti – Mambo Siria.

The second edition of ‘Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest’ presents, in premiere, some of the productions nominated or awarded distinctions in the latest edition of the festival on the Riviera: the faintly-horror thriller “La piel que habito”, directed by Pedro Almodovar, “Route Irish”, directed by Ken Loach, “Le Havre”, directed by Aki Kaurismaki, or Andrei Zvyagintsev’s “Elena”.

Other premieres include “Arirang”, directed by Kim Ki-duk, and “Play”, directed by Ruben Ostlund. You may also take the opportunity to watch this year’s Palme d’Or winner, “The Tree of Life”, directed by Terrence Malick, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, in a rare screening, as it will not be coming to Romanian cinemas. Also featured on the programme are Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia” and Woody Allen’s latest, “Midnight in Paris”.

‘Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest’ also celebrates the Romanian directors of the past decade. Under the heading “From student films to Cannes films”, spectators are invited to watch (once again) productions signed by Cristi Puiu, Cristian Mungiu, Corneliu Porumboiu, Cristian Nemescu, Catalin Mitulescu, Radu Muntean and Andrei Ujica.

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