During the rich history of the Cannes International Film Festival, Romania’s presence was remarked every time, and many times it was awarded and applauded. But, like never before, in this edition, namely the 69th edition (from May 11 to May 22, 2016), Romanian films or co-produced films in association with other film industries, have entered in so many sections, some of them being forefront sections.
Let’s see. Palme d’Or selection proposes the films of the two of our most appreciated young filmmakers from the 3rd illennium generation. I’ll start with Cristi Puiu, considering the order of their entrance in the Festival program. After the great success of the film called “Moartea domnului Lazarescu” (“Death of Mr. Lazarescu”), in 2005, the film director is now in the main competition for the first time. His film called “Sieranevada” (2 hours and 53 minutes) will be screened on Thursday, May 12. It is the story of a doctor named Larry, who convenes the family to commemorate his father, recently deceased. There are playing actors of several generations in the film: Mimi Braescu, Marian Ralea, Bogdan Dumitrache, Andi Vasluianu, as well as actresses that we haven’t seen since long time ago on the big screen: Silvia Nastase, Ana Ciontea, Dana Dogaru, Tatiana Iekel, Ioana Craciunescu .
Cristian Mungiu comes back in the same section of the official competition, after a series of awarded successes, the most important prize being, of course, Palme d’Or, for the film called “4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile” (“4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days”), produced in 2007. The film director is now competing for a new similar possible success. His film called “Bacalaureat” (2 hours and 7 minutes) describes the story of Romeo, a doctor in a Transylvanian town who is determined to send his daughter, Eliza, to study in an English university, provided that she has to pass the baccalaureate. Cast: Adrian Titieni (Romeo), Lia Bugnar (Magda), Vlad Ivanov (Chief Inspector), Maria Dragus (Eliza), Madalina Manovici (Sandra). The film will be screened on Thursday, May 19, when three screenings will be performed (in the morning, noon and evening), in different rooms, the first of them being performed at 8.30 am (for the press), inside the famous Grand Théâtre Lumière .
The film called “Caini” (“Dogs”) by Bogdan Mirica, was included in another important section, “Un certain regard”. The subject is built on the real story of Roman, who arrives in a rural place where he is going to receive an inheritance consisting in a land which belonged to his grandfather. You can meet three famous actors: Gheorghe Visu (Hogas), Vlad Ivanov (Samir) and Dragos Bucur (Roman). The film will be screened on Sunday, May 15. Catalin Rotaru and Gabi Virginia Sarga enter in the short-films official competition with the film called “Sfarsitul lumii” (“The End of the World”), which will be screened on Saturday, May 21. We are also good on the matter of the youngest authors. For instance, Alexandru Badea was included in Cinéfondation with the film called “Toate fluviile curg in mare” (“All Rivers Run to the Sea”). His short-film can be watched in the block No. 2, scheduled on May 19.
Other Romanian participations are also remarkable. We cannot avoid mentioning the fact that the film director Radu Muntean was invited to be a member of the jury for the short-films. Many events are already worthy to be commented regarding the great names of the worldwide film industry which were invited at the Cannes 69th edition. The Festival will open on Wednesday, May 11, with “Café Society” by Woody Allen.
Therefore, we’ll come back with new reports from the Côte d’Azur.