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May 16, 2021

Cinematic delight at « Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest »

Among the films to be screened, “In the Fog” by Sergei Loznitsa, and Cristian Mungiu’s “Beyond the Hills”.

“In the Fog”, the film directed by Sergei Loznitsa and starring Vlad Ivanov, camera director – Oleg Mutu (the only camera director with two films at this year’s Cannes: “Beyond the Hills” and “In the Fog”) will be projected at the Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest Festival, at Cinemas Studio and Elvira Popescu, today through Oct 25, according to a press release. The film was awarded the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film a Critics) Prize and will be shown for the first time in Bucharest. The film also marks actor Vlad Ivanov’s second cooperation with the Ukrainian director, after “My Joy”. “How can you make a moral choice under circumstances where morals are nowhere?”, this is the question raised “In the Fog”, the drama of a man wrongly accused of collaboration with the enemy during World War II, and taken to a forest to get shot. The film draws inspiration from the novel written by Belorussian writer Vasili Bykov, who experienced the war when he was hardly 18 years of age. Voodoo Films is the Romanian distributor of the film. A tantalizing love story starring Marion Cotillard as leading actress is another highlight of the 3rd Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest. After “A Prophet”, a film awarded the Cannes Grand Prix 2010, Jacques Audiard returns with the romance drama “De rouille et d’os/ Rust and Bone”, an adaptation from a book of stories written by Craig Davidson, and one of the most touching films at Cannes official selection. (Matthias Schoenaerts), the  single father of a 5-year-old boy, falls in love with an orca tamer (Marion Cotillard) who loses her ability to walk in an accident and the will to live. His love for life will however give her the courage to carry on. The complex and subtle acting by the two protagonists along with  Audiard’s sensibility, who transforms a melodrama material into a reflection on the pains that made us and we carry within, made “De rouille et d’os” into one of the best films at  this year’s Cannes.Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, too, brings us a love story – “Like Someone in Love”, his fifth film, also projected in the Cannes competition. He already won  a Palme d’Or for “Le gout de la cerise”/”Taste of Cherry”  (1997), starring  Rin Takanashi, Ryo Kase and Tadashi Okuno. “Like Someone in Love” depicts the bizarre relationship between an aging university professor and a young student who sells her body in order to pay for her studies. Pablo Trapero, one of the most acclaimed film directors of the moment, author of “El Bonaerense”, “Leonera”, “Familia Rodante” or “Carancho” (Argentina’s nomination for the  Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010), continues his  cold dissections of  contemporary society with “Elefante Blanco/ White Elephant”. Shown in this year’s Un Certain Regard section, the film focuses on the destinies of two old priest friends struggling to help the residents of a marginal district of Buenos Aires. One of them uses his political connections to oversee the construction of a hospital, the other, back from the jungle, and still deeply in shock, having witnessed paramilitary forces killing the natives, begins to lose his faith. The film stars  Ricardo Darín, Jeremie Renier and Martina Gusman.Not to be missed, also, “Cosmopolis”, David Cronenberg, “Killing Them Softly”, Andrew Dominik, starring Brad Pitt, “Holy Motors directed by Leos Carax, as well as the comedy “Adieu Berthe ou l’enterrement de meme”/”Goodbye Berthe”, Bruno Podalydes. Cristian Mungiu’s “Beyond the Hills” will draw the curtain on Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest, October 25.

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