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January 23, 2022

Mungiu, decorated at Cannes

Festivities Monday afternoon were dedicated to French National Orders of Arts and Letters being awarded by Culture Minister  Aurelie  Filippetti to film personalities among whom Romanian director Cristian Mungiu, a member of the Cannes jury. The French official delivered a long and laudatory speech evoking the merits of the Romanian film. Mungiu thanked the honor bestowed on him, stressing Romania’s need to invest more in culture.  Cristian Mungiu won Palme d’Or 2007 with “4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days”, a drama about illegal abortions during the Romanian communist regime. Last year, his latest film, “Beyond the Hills” earned the dual honor of winning the award for best screenplay, awarded to Mungiu, who wrote the script, and the award for best actress  ex-aequo  to Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan.  The Romanian director is a member on this year’s Cannes jury chaired by Steven Spielberg.
Tuesday was Michael Douglas Day, here in Cannes. The film in which he plays – “Behind the Candelabra”(“Ma vie avec Liberace”) – is directed  by Steven Soderbergh, who got the Palme d’Or 1989 for “Sex, Lies and Videotapes”. Douglas plays the role of Liberace, a gay easy listening pianist who died from AIDS.  Though the film sparked a huge scandal before shooting, Douglas brilliantly portrays the charming and truculent personality of the extravagant musician. “Un chatreau en Italie” directed by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi is another film that stirred up controversy.
Today will be Romanian party day, and from tomorrow on, we can see the Romanian productions in the parallel sections.

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