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French Film Festival opens tomorrow in Bucharest

The French Film Festival, already on its 15th edition, takes place October 21 to 28 at Bucharest’s Studio Cinema and Cityplex. The event, organized by the French Institute, alongside the French Embassy in Bucharest, was presented on Tuesday evening in a press conference graced with the participation of the French Ambassador in Bucharest Henri Paul, the director of the French Institute, Stanislas Pierret, and the deputy director Didier Dutour. The special guests of the festival are actress Carole Bouquet and director Patrice Leconte.

This year’s edition includes 22 feature films, nine previews and six of the films presented in the latest Cannes Festival – “this year’s most important French productions”, according to a release by the organizers.

The festival will kick off tomorrow, starting 7.30pm, at the Studio Cinema, with a screening of “Impardonnables”, with actress Carole Bouquet’s participation. On Saturday, at 8pm, film-lovers are invited to a screening of Eve Ionesco’s production, “My Little Princess”, inspired from the real-life story of the director, the daughter of the French-Romanian photographer Irina Ionesco’s daughter. The special guest of the festival, Patrice Leconte, whose work will be celebrated in a retrospective, will attend the screening of his latest film, “Voir la mer”, on October 23, at 8pm, and will take questions from the public after the screening of “Ridicule”, on October 24, starting 4pm.

This year’s selection also includes the animation “Le chat du rabin”, nominated for the European Film Academy Awards, as well as a feature inspired from the life of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, “La Conquete”, directed by Xavier Durringer.

This year’s edition of the festival has seven sections: “Previews” (nine 2010 and 2011 productions presented for the first time in Romania), “Films and Power” (four recent productions which address topical political affairs), “Patrice Leconte Retrospective” (from “Les Bronzes” to the celebrated French director’s latest film), “Decouverte” (three new films signed by young talents), “Animation” (“Le chat du rabin”), ”Documentary” (“Nous, Princesse de Cleves”) and “Short-reel” (a selection of five original shorts).

The French Film Festival will also be held this year in Timisoara (Timis Cinema, October 29 to 30), Cluj-Napoca (Victoria Cinema, November 3 to 5) and Sibiu (Habitus, Atrium Cinema, November 4 to 6).

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