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September 30, 2022

French Film Festival in six Romanian large cities

The French Film Festival, Oct 26 – Nov 28, offers you 16 films, a short film projection and two mini-retrospectives in Bucharest, Sibiu, Iasi, Cluj, Targu Mures and Timisoara.

According to a French Institute of Bucharest (Institut Francais de Roumanie) press release, the festival’s two mini-retrospectives will render homage to the sacred monsters of French cinema: Alain Resnais, « always concerned to play with perception on reality» and Agnes Varda, «a terrific explorer of feelings». This year, the festival reaches not only Cluj, Timisoara, Iasi and Sibiu, as it also did in past years, but Targu Mures as well. The festival will kick off in Bucharest  with “38 temoins”, a film noir about the inherent reality of human nature, which seduced critics (Le Monde, Les Inrocks), starring Yvan Attal (“Munich”, “Partir”)in the lead part. The projections will be shown at the Elvira Popescu Hall of the French Institute. The festival will wrap up in Bucharest on November 2, and on the same day will open in Sibiu, at Habitus, Atrium Cafe and Maison de l’Ille-et-Vilaine. Sibians can watch the festival films until November 5. The cinematic event will carry on in Iasi (Mihai Ursachi Cultural House – Diotima Hall), Nov 8-10, Cluj (Cinema Victoria), Nov 15-18, Targu Mures (Arta Cinema – Flora Hall), Nov 23-25, and will conclude in Timisoara, (West University- Aula Magna) Nov 27 – 28).Organizers say that this year’s selection brings: various talents, authors and styles, with an often comical tone under which lie hidden anxieties, mainly romantic”. The recent films – “Camille redouble”, “La vie d’une autre”, “Les infideles”, “L’amour dure 3 ans” answer questions about relationships, couples, faithfulness and true love, themes already present in the creations of film directors Agnes Varda (“Sans toit ni loi”, “Jacquot de Nantes”) and Alain Resnais (“Les herbes folles”, “L’annee derniere a Marienbad”, “Muriel ou le temps du retour”, “Cœurs”). The program also contains Alain Resnais’ most recent film – «Vous n’avez encore rien vu» – the documentary „Journal de France” and a musical animation film  – «Un monstre à Paris» – whose soundtrack features Vanessa Paradis and Sean Lennon. The Bucharest and Cluj festivals will host meetings and debates on “Cinema 1. L’image-mouvement”, a landmark book on cinematic critique by philosopher Gilles Deleuze.This year, the French Institute of Bucharest invites to the French Film Festival over 700 Bucharest high school and university students. The projects marks the beginning of a partnership between the French Institute and those education institutions, each of which will be offered one month of free special projections  at the Elvira Popescu Hall.Tickets cost RON 10 each and festival passes RON 70, and can be purchased from the cinema ticket booth or on Eventim.ro.

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