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Jacques Audiard to attend the Romanian premiere of his latest film The Sisters Brothers, at the opening night of the American Independent Film Festival

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The third edition of the American Independent Film Festival has officially announced its full program. Films that have premiered in and been selected to some of the world’s most important festivals, such as Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, Venice, and Telluride will be screening in Romanian premiere, between the 12th and the 18th of April, at Cinema PRO and Cinema Muzeul Țăranului in București, and in Iași, at the Cinema Ateneu.

Known in the film industry for a diverse, original, and attractive filmography, director Jacques Audiard will be attending the third edition of the American Independent Film Festival for the premiere of his most recent film, The Sisters Brothers, on Friday, April 12th, at 8:00 pm at CinemaPROThe full screening program is availableon the filmedefestival.roand tickets can be purchased through Eventbook.ro.

The Sisters Brothers, Audiard’s western starring John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed and Rutger Hauer, was shot partially in Romania, in the summer of 2017, after Audiard noted the country’s filming potential while on his first visit to present his Palme d’Or winning Dheepan at Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest in 2015.

The Sisters Brothers became one of the biggest budget foreign films to be shot in Romania; only set design, costumes, and horses were accorded a budget of over 5 million euro by producers. Audiard will also be present at the second screening of the festival, on Saturday, April 13th, at 4:30 pm, at Cinema Muzeul Țăranului.  There will be a Q&A session following the screenings.

For The Sisters Brothers, Audiard and his cowriter Thomas Bidegain rewrote Patrick de Witt’s novel of the same for the screen. A bestseller in North America (and later translated into Romanian at Polirom).  John C. Reilly bought the rights to its cinematic remake, optioning it to Jacques Audiard, of whom he had been a long-time admirer.

Costumes were created by Italian-American Milena Canonero, four-time winner at the Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, for Chariots of Fire (H. Hudson), Barry Lindon (S. Kubrick), Maria Antoaneta (S. Coppola) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (W Anderson). The Sisters Brothers premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year, where it won the Silver Lion for Best Director.

Jacques Audiard’s career began as Assistant Director to Roman Polanski in The Tenant, in 1976. 18 years later, he made Regarde les hommes tomber, a road-movie starring Mathieu Kassovitz and Jean-Louis Trintignant, his first feature length film which would unleash a body of work premiered and awarded in Cannes, at the César’s, BAFTAs and Lumière Awards. Since the 70s, he has written over 20 screenplays for film and TV, directed clips, and acted, all while continuing to direct, with seven feature films, among which De battre mon cœur s’est arrêté (2006, 8 César Awards, the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Film), Un Prophète (2009, Cannes Grand Prix, 9 César Awards, one BAFTA Award, and nominated at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes), De rouille et d’os(2012)starring Marion Cotillard. The Sisters Brothers is distributed by Voodoo Films in Romania, and will be released on 45 screens in 26 cities starting on April 19th.

Screenings will take place between April 12th – 18th at Cinema PRO and Cinema Muzeul Țăranului.

Information on tickets and purchasing is available on: filmedefestival.ro

The American Independent Film Festival is organized by Asociația Cinemascop, with the support of Catena, financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Identity, and the National Center of Cinematography. Official Car: BMW. Partners: American Chamber of Commerce in Romania – AmCham Romania, Boarder’s Shop, Crăci, UPS Romania, CinemaPRO, Muzeul Țăranului Român, Cinema Muzeul Țăranului, Voodoo Films, Eventbook. Main Media Partners: Pro Cinema, Radio Guerrilla. Media Parteners: Radio România Cultural, Agerpres, Zile și Nopți, Decât o Revistă, AList Magazine, Cinemagia, Newsweek, Business24, Nine O’Clock, Senso TV, Glamour, The Institute, Ziarul Metropolis, Liternet.ro, Ziare.com, IQads, Smark, Film Menu, Films in Frame, ADFR – The Association for the Development of Romanian Films, AaRC – All about Romanian Cinema, CineFan, Cineghid, Movienews.ro, News.ro, Scena 9, Verbs Describe us. Communications Partner: PiArt Vision.

Watch The American Independent Film Festival official trailer:  https://bit.ly/2FTw0ks

Photo: Jacques Audiard – copyright Eponine Momenceau

 

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