German director Maren Ade to open Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest

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German female film director Maren Ade who cut a dash at Cannes this year with a comedy shot in Bucharest, Toni Erdmann, will meet the audience in the Romanian Capital, for the first time, at Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest (October 14-23).

The movie will be released for the first time in Romania on October 14, at the festival’s opening.

The most praised films of Cannes’ Un Certain Regards will be also screened in Bucharest: The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (the big winner of the section, directed by Finnish Juho Kuosmanen, also special guest in Bucharest), Harmonium (directed by Kôji Fukada), La Tortue Rouge (directed by Michael Dudok De Wit), Hell or High Water (directed by David Mackenzie).

Money Monster, directed by Jodie Foster and screened outside the competition at Cannes, starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts, will also be screened in Bucharest.

A record of over 1,000 tickets have been already sold for Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest in just one day, on September 30. More tickets are available at Eventbook.ro. Full programme to be available at www.filmedefestival.ro.

Next to Maren Ade, the opening night will be also attended by German producer Jonas Dornbach and Romanian co-producer Ada Solomon.

Toni Erdmann, almost entirely shot in Romania, was the only film launched in 2016 and recently included in the TOP 100 best movies of the 21st century by BBC Culture.

The film, representing Germany at the Oscars, tells the story of a retired eccentrical and jesting father who decides to make a surprise visit to his daughter, a career woman working at a major project as corporate strategist in Bucharest.

Another special guest of the festival is the big winner of Un Certain Regard, Finnish Juho Kuosmanen, who will present The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, Finland’s proposal for Oscar’s best foreign language film. The b&w movie is inspired from the real story of a boxer who is racing for the box world title in 1962. He only has to lose some weight and stay focused. Only that there is a minor problem: he fell in love.

Harmonium by Kôji Fukada (Sayonara), one of the most innovative Japanese filmmakers, will also have its premiere in Bucharest. A drama with thriller accents, the film follows a man, recently released from prison after 10 year, who gets in the family of a friend who is taking the former inmate to his heart.

Voir du pays/ The Stopover (directed by Delphine & Muriel Coulin) talks about the war’s traumas on two young female soldiers returned from Afghanistan.

Animation La Tortue Rouge, the first feature film by Dutch Michael Dudok De Wit, captures the big stages of a human being’s life through the story of a shipwreck on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds.

Hell or High Water by David Mackenzie comes from USA. A crime thriller starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster, tells the story of two brothers who rob the same bank to save their farm from being seized, saving that they pay the bank with its own money.

Jodie Foster’s Money Monster reveals George Clooney starring as the ankler of a financial TV show, who is taken hostage in the studio together with his producer (Julia Roberts) by a spectator angry that he has lost everyting after he followed their advice on investments.

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