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Second wave of Romanian films enters Cannes festival

Each of the films that compete for the Palme d’Or enjoys the full attention of both public and the press for the entire duration of the festival. The interest goes up and down, depending on the value of new movies that join the contest, and chances are recalculated over and over again. For now, as we wrote yesterday, the Romanian film ‘Beyond the Hills,’ directed by Cristian Mungiu is still in cards – as they say – although ‘Amour’ by Michael Haneke seems to have a slight advantage, given its remarkable cast and its vigorous universality. If Romania misses the Palme d’Or, it may still receive a most honourable Best Director Award, as some of the media expect here. But there is still a long road ahead, although the heavyweights of the festival joined the race early this year. The Romanian cinema is generously represented at Cannes. Besides Mungiu’s film that participates in the formal competition, there is also a bunch of new movies and names that “caught the eye” of press and jury alike.Yesterday evening, as part of the programme dedicated to the International Critic’s Week, the Miramar Espace hall hosted the projection of ‘Horizon’ – a short film by Paul Negoescu – and of the ‘Dinner Family’ by Stefan Constantinescu, who competes for Sweden. We will return to them at a later moment.Today, in the early hours of the afternoon (2.30 PM), the Bunuel Hall of the Palais de Festival will host the projection of ‘The Razoare Camp’ by Cristi Iftimie, within the Cinefondation contest whose jury is chaired by Jean-Pierre Dardenne. A long list – longer than we announced in Bucharest – features the short films signed by the youngest authors, which compete in the Short Film Corner, under the generic name ‘Romanian Short Waves.’ As there are more than 20 names on the list, we will present them at a later moment. A moment worth mentioning is the invitation extended to Adina Pintilie in the programme hosted by the Pavilion 210 of the Village International. The young director promotes her project named ‘Touche Me Not.’ Another episode that deserves attention, in terms of Romanian presence, comes from the press. The latest issue of the ‘Gala’ magazine, which hit the market yesterday, publishes a photo of Romanian model Madalina Ghenea – one of the beauties that could not be ignored at the dinner offered by the ‘Vanity Fair’ magazine – in an outstanding company: Robert De Niro, Sophie Marceau, Salma Hayek, Alec Baldwin, Michael Hazanavicius, Berenice Bejo.

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