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Politics and Nation . The retrospective of the biggest historical film festival in Europe will take place at the French Institute in Bucharest for the second year in a row

From May 21 to 24, 2018, the French institute in Bucharest will host the screenings of the most appreciate movies of the Festival International du Film d’Histoire de Pessac 2017. It is the second year in a row when this French festival is presented in Bucharest; the event is the result of the partnership between the festival in Pessac and the Film and Histories Festival in Rasnov.

The festival’s screening were presented to the French audience in November 2017, and they will be seen by the Bucharest picture-goers at the ‘Elvira Popescu’ cinema. The movies have been selected by the renowned filmmaker Pierre-Henri Deleau (who is actor, producer, selector and festival director), who will come to Bucharest for this event.

The program includes 12 documentaries (De Gaulle, le dernier roi de France; Jacques Doriot, le petit führer français; Mais qui a tué Maggie?; Anne Morgan, une Américaine sur le front; L’Île de Lumière; Hell on Earth; Le Manuscrit sauvé du KGB – “Vie et destin” de Vassili Grossman;  La Police de Vichy; Jeunesses hitlériennes, l’endoctrinement d’une nation; Klaus Barbie, la traque; Klaus Barbie, un procès pour mémoire; Dans la tête des SS) and 4 debates (Du communisme au fascisme: le cas Jacques Doriot; L’humanitaire: naissance d’une idéologie et du devoir d’ingérence; Les polices politiques, instruments de l’autoritarisme; Le procès de Klaus Barbie, une médiatisation au service du devoir de mémoire – du crime de guerre au crime contre l’humanité?).

Along with Pierre-Henri Deleau, the debates will be attended by: Joseph Beauregard (he worked for France Inter for several years, he lived in Tokyo, where he was a correspondent and teacher; he is a member of the Observatoire des radicalités politiques); Nicolas Jallot (author of TV documentaries about the history of the Soviet Union and of the Eastern Europe countries; he published several historical research books); Christophe Brulé (graduate of ESJ-Lille, he directed over 30 recent history and social documentaries; since 2009, he is a director and producer of the Tournez S’il Vous Plaît production company), and David Korn-Brzoza (the author of several documentaries on espionage , the World War II and the context of the Fifth French Republic).

All the details of the event are available at: www.facebook.com/filmistoricrasnov/

Festival International du Film d’Histoire de Pessac was founded in 1990 and became a landmark in the France’s cultural agenda of the last decades, addressing topical issues that generate a new perspective on the reception of history among the public. Cinematography is now an essential source in understanding the 20th century in various fields: social evolutions, political transformations, cultural changes and representation systems.

The festival’s idea was designed in 1990 by Alain Rousset, the Mayor of the city of Pessac, and by the writer Jean Lacouture. First time, the event was created as a tribute to the director Jean Eustache (born in Pessac), aiming to combine history and image. A team consisting of professionals (historians, filmmakers and journalists) is working for each edition: Jean-Noël Jeanneney, Jean-Pierre Rioux, Stéphane Khemis, Jean Labib, Pierre-Henri Deleau, Michel Eimer, Anne-Marie Cocula and Pierre Sadran. The 2017 edition has brought the screening of 110 movies, 40 debates and more than 40,000 spectators, during 8 days www.cinema-histoire-pessac.com

Known by the Romanian audience as the only festival of its kind, the Film and Histories Festival in Rasnov (www.ffir.ro) is an annual event since 2009, aiming to coagulate a community of film lovers and historical causality, emphasizing various aesthetical concepts that reveal historical events from different ages, as well as the debate on the topics revealed by them. Since 2016, filmmaker Pierre-Henri Deleau (the director of Festival International du Film d’Histoire de Pessac and a selector of the Cannes Festival from 1969 to 1998) is part of the selection team of the screenings presented at Rasnov to the Romanian audience.

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