The traditional cinematographic event of the Spring – the International Film Festival of Cannes – will be taking place from 13 to 24 May this year. With a jury headed by the Cohen brothers (Ethan and Joel), this new, 68th edition will grant the Palme d’honneur to a landmark female filmmaker who belongs to the generation that founded the French New Wave – Agnes Varda. In the official Selection films by well-known directors of the world will compete, including Jacques Audiard, Nanni Moretti, Hou Hsia-Hsien, Gus Van Sant, Kore-Eda Hirokazu, Paolo Sorrentino. Among the six titles in the Hors Competition section one can find the latest Woody Allen – ‘Irrational Man’ and Emmanuelle Bercot – ‘La tete haute’ productions.
Ingrid Bergman smiles on us from the billboard. Her daughter, Isabella Rossellini, participates in the festival as Chair of the Jury and will offer the prize in the Un Certain Regard section.
The Un Certain Regard section will include a total of 19 films, some of which are Romanian, signed by highly appreciated artists both at Cannes and elsewhere in the world. Corneliu Porumboiu (holder of the Camera d’Or prize) gives us ‘Comoara’. A film with few characters, with a plot occasioned by the assumed existence of a treasure in the courtyard of Costi’s grandparents – a character played by Cuzin Toma. The second Romanian film – ‘Un etaj mai jos’ – is by director Radu Muntean. This time, Muntean wanted to make a family movie, however in a bleaker style than ‘Marti, dupa Craciun’, also present at Cannes years ago. The part of Patrascu is played by Teodor Corban, one of the most appreciated Romanian actors of the last decades.
We also find at Cannes the name of the young filmmaker Andrei Cretulescu, whose short and medium-length films especially captured attention. With a cast of young and already very promising talents (Rodica Lazăr, Dorian Boguță, Andrei Vasluianu, Șerban Pavlu, Ana Ularu), ‘Ramona’ is a short film with no dialogues. Rodica Lazar has the lead female part.
These three productions are complemented by the school movies included in the section reserved for the youngest authors, graduates or students.
More on this coming up in future reports.