A selection of ten Palme d’Or award-winning movies at Cannes will be screened on the occasion of the 10th edition of Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest, at Union Cinematheque. The movies will be preceded by short interviews with some of the greatest contemporary film directors answering the question: How has the film industry changed in the last 30 years and where is it going?
Also, the 10th edition of Les Films de Cannes brings to Romania the most awaited movies of the year in 10 Romanian cities: in addition to Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest, there will be editions of the festival in Iasi, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Botosani, Brasov, Arad, Suceava, Braila and Slobozia.
Between October 18 and 20, moviegoers will be able to enjoy the award-winning movies on the Croisette in Cluj-Napoca, at Cinema Victoria, at an edition funded by the Cluj-Napoca Municipality and Local Council, in Timisoara at Aula magna of the West University, with the support of the Timisoara Municipality and of the Timisoara Culture House, and in Iasi, at Cinema Ateneu, with the support of the Iasi Municipality and the National Athenaeum of Iasi.
Cinema Unirea from Botosani will host Les Films de Cannes between October 20 and 22, a first edition presented by Elsaco and the Botosani Municipality.
Next is Brasov, which is at the third edition to take place at the Reduta Cultural Center and Cinema One, between October 23 and 27, being funded by the Brasov County Council.
Then, the movies will travel to Arad, at Cinema Arta, between October 25 and 27, with the support of the Arad Cultural Municipal Center. In November, the festival goes to Suceava, at Cinema Modern, between November 1 and 3, where the 4th edition will be organized by Radio As Association, in association with the Suceava Municipality and Suceava Local Council. Also in November, Les Films de Cannes will go to Braila, at Cinema Cinefeel, between November 15 and 17, in collaboration with the Cinefeel Association, and to Slobozia – the Municipal Culture House.
In Bucharest, in addition to the traditional halls of the festival (Cinema Elvire Popesco, Cinema Pro, Peasant Museum Cinema and Union Cinematheque), the movies will be screened also at the Auditorium Hall of the National Museum of Art of Romania and at Instituto Cervantes.
Some of the productions to be screened in the editions held in the country are the favorite movies of the public and of the jury of this year’s edition from Cannes: Parasite (Palme d’Or), Dolor y Gloria (the Best Actor, Antonio Banderas), Matthias et Maxime (the official competition), Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (the Best Screenplay), or Little Joe (Best Actress, Emily Beecham).
Actor Vlad Ivanov and director Adi Voicu, two of Romania’s representatives at this year’s edition of Cannes, will be present at several editions of Les Films de Cannes in Romania.
“I want to play powerful roles that come from somewhere, from the depths of the human soul. Even if it is only a sequence”, stated Vlad Ivanov in an interview for the influent American magazine Variety. The actor, who is one of the most versatile and appreciated European actors of the moment, to whom Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest dedicates the Ivanov 50 anniversary section, will open the first edition of Les Films de Cannes in Botosani, too. The opening screening will be La Gomera, the movie with which the actor was present at Cannes this year, for the fifth time in the official competition – a record for a Romanian actor.
Director Adi Voicu will go to Cluj, Brasov and Suceava, with the short film called “Ultimul drum spre mare”, which was included this year in the selection of the section La Semaine de la Critique.
The “voice” of the movies of the ‘80s, film critic Irina Margareta Nistor, will present in Iasi, Brasov and Bucharest, at Instituto Cervantes, the documentary movie called “Cannes, la festival libre”, directed by Frederic Chaudier and Frederic Zamochnikoff (2018), about the attempt to organize the first edition of the Cannes Film Festival in 1939, a failed project because of the start of the World War II. The screening swill be accompanied by the presentation of the book “Cannes 1939, the Festival that never took place”, by Olivier Loubes (Libris & Mioritics Publishing House, 2019), a book that was published in Romania translated by Irina Margareta Nistor. Irina Margareta Nistor will meet the audience to speak about the boo and the movie in each of these cities. Also, Irina Margareta Nistor will present screenings from Les Films de Cannes at Iasi and Brasov, and she will be Vlad Ivanov’s dialogue partner on November 20, in Botosani.
The tickets for the Bucharest edition will be available starting with October 1, at Eventbook.ro.
Photo: Entre Les Murs-Palme d’Or 2008