The movies submitted by France and Belgium for the Oscars 2016, a 338-minute marathon inspired from „The 1001 nights” and the winner of Camera d’Or at Cannes Festival are some of the surprises of the sixth edition of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest. Tens of movies released for the first time in Romania, over 100 screenings, some of them taking place in the presence of the filmmakers, masterclasses, round tables, retrospectives are welcoming the cinema goers during October 23-29 at Studio Cinema, Elvire Popesco Cinema and Cinema PRO.
„Arabian Nights” movie directed by Miguel Gomes is a 388-minute cinema adventure where Scheherazade’s stories are relocated to Portugal nowadays. Divided in three parts, Arabian Nights is amusing and surrealist. The second episode, Arabian Nights: Vol. 2 – The Desolate One, will represent Portugal at the Oscar for the best foreign movie. The audience of Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest will have the opportunity to see the marathon film and to ask questions directly to director Miguel Gomes whos is going to have a Skype intervention.
Another film to be screened at the festival in Bucharest is La Tierra y la Sombra / Land and Shade, de César Augusto Acevedo (Columbia), which won three Cannes trophies : Camera d’Or for the best debut and SACD and Revelation France 4 in Semaine de la Critique section. A man comes back home and finds his son ill and his farm ruined. 17 years after abandoning his family, he’ll try to save it.
Suprisingly chosen to represent France at this year’s Oscars, the Turkish-French co-production Mustang ranks as one of the most cherished films at Cannes. Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven makes her first appearance with a moving, subtle drama with political hints, telling the story of five teen sisters whose instincts are choked by traditions and by their strict family in a profoundly patriarchal society. „I wanted to unveil, from the inside, what means to be woman in Turkey nowadays,” the female director told Euronews.
Le tout nouveau testament, directed by Jaco Van Dormael (Mr. Nobody) is the most „amusing and inventive” film presented at Cannes 2015. Staring Benoit Poelvoorde, Yolande Moreau and Catherine Deneuve, the film will represent Belgium at the Oscars next year.
La vie en grand/ Learn by Heart social comedy by Mathieu Vadepied closed the Semaine de la Critique section at Cannes, while charming the audience with its humour and optimism. It tells the story of two kids living at the Paris outskirts who are trying to escape their neighborhood.
Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest is organized by Cinemascop Association and Voodoo Films, in partnership with France’s Embassy to Romania and the French Institute in Bucharest. The cultural project is financed by Culture Ministry, the National Cinema Center, Arcub within „You are Bucharest” cultural program, and Romanian Cultural Institute.