Festival Les Films de Cannes returns this year to Timisoara with a new selection of films from Cannes and the most important festivals in the world. The 7th edition of Les Films de Cannes à Timișoara will take place between October 28 and 30, at Cinema Victoria.
Year after year the festival Les Films de Cannes continues to gather the best of international cinema and stimulate the national one. The tone is set at Cannes where there are no weak years, but fabulous and “just” extraordinary ones. The biggest film festival in the world has managed, over the years, to gather an incredible selection from all genres and from all corners of the world to surprise and stir up the public. “Cannes is the Mecca of moviegoers where you go to recharge your batteries and regain your faith in the cinema, even when (or especially when) the usual offer on the big screens disappoints you. When there are no more good films at Cannes, a new folk art will probably have to be invented. So don’t worry, and this year’s selection from LFDC is a really exciting one.” the organizers say.
One of the films that will be screened at Les Films de Cannes à Timișoara is Triangle of Sadness, directed by the Swede Ruben Östlund, a film awarded with the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2022
in Cannes, Triangle of Sadness was one of the most talked about films of the festival. Östlund navigates new waters here, delivering a provocative, grotesque and biting satire on the eternal class struggle. In the film, the social hierarchy is turned upside down, revealing the distasteful relationship between power and beauty. A famous model couple, Carl (Harris Dickinson) and Yaya (Charlie Dean) is invited on a luxury cruise for the very rich led by a debauched ship captain (Woody Harrelson). What seems instagrammable at first ends catastrophically, leaving the survivors stranded on a desert island and fighting for survival. This modern fable about rights and power dynamics is also a strong contender for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Another film that will be screened in Timisoara is Closeawarded the Grand Prix (Ex-Aequo), at Cannes 2022. After making his Cannes debut at only 27 years old with the feature film Girl, for which he was rewarded in 2018 with four trophies, including the Caméra d’Or, the director of Belgian origin Lukas Dhont returned this year to the competition and reconfirms with Close, “this heartbreaking yet emotionally rich story”, as The Hollywood Reporter calls this film). Léo and Rémi are 13 years old and have told each other everything since they met. But here something happens and nothing is what it was. Desperate to understand what he did wrong, Léo approaches Sophie, Rémi’s mother…
Tori and Lokita, a laureate film with the Anniversary Prize, Cannes 2022, will also be able to be seen in Timisoara. Directors of Belgian origin Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne they managed to always change the genres, remaining, however, with the same thematic and stylistic obsessions. Two-time winners of the ultimate trophy, the Palme d’Or, they became famous for their scrupulously realistic social dramas, made after a lesser-known career in documentaries. Tori and Lokitatheir latest film, is the story of the indestructible friendship to face the challenges of exile between a boy and a teenage girl of African origin who arrived in Belgium without any other family members.
The next projected film is Metronomethe filmmaker’s feature fiction debut Alexander Belc, which won the Directing Award, Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2022. While Țiriac and Năstase play the Davis Cup Final against America in 1972, two high school students fall in love and write letters on the show Metronome from Free Europe. When he gets the approval to leave the country for good, together with his family, they know they have to separate, but they did not expect that the last days together will become decisive for their entire lives. “This stylized, slow and richly imaginative debut is much more than a Romanian version of Romeo and Juliet”, writes the prestigious publication Variety, while Screen International describes him as “a compelling snapshot of teenagers on the cusp of adulthood, whose struggle to find their voice is thwarted by authorities—from concerned parents to security—pushing down their necks.” Those at Clapper even consider it “unone of the best movies of the year” because it is a “empathetic emotional journey, made with amazing craft,” while Disappointment Media assures us that “it’s not a movie to forget too soonnd.”
MRI – In Competition, Cristian Mungiu’s newest film, is the story of Matthias who, around Christmas, returns from work in Germany to his native village in Transylvania, concerned about the child who is growing up without him (Rudi), about the woman he loves in secret (Csilla) and by the single father (Otto). He tries to get more involved in the education of the boy who has been left for too long only in the care of his mother (Ana) and to rid him of the unexplained fears that gripped him. When a few new workers are hired at the small factory that Csilla takes care of, the peace of the commune is disturbed, fears grip the adults as well, and frustrations, conflicts and impulses burst to the surface through the thin veil of apparent understanding and calm. A story about the deep springs of human behavior in the face of the realities that surprise it, about the relationship with the other and about the way we all relate today to an unsettling future. After the Cannes premiere, MRI it was part of the selection of important international film festivals such as Toronto, San Sebastian, New York, and was sold in more than 50 countries, to be distributed starting this fall in France and Belgium.
The last Cannes film screened in Timisoara will be A morning drink in directing Mia Hansen. Sandra is a young mother raising her daughter alone. The big challenge in the family’s life is the treatment of Sandra’s father, Georg, who suffers from a degenerative disease. But Sandra meets Clément again, an old friend whom she hasn’t seen for a long time and, although he has a stable relationship, a love story begins between the two.
They will be present in Timisoara Macrina Bârlădeanu, for the movie MRI. and the actors Marius Freshman and Mara Bugarin, for the movie Metronome. After the film screenings, they will participate in a question and answer session.
The Timișoara program can be consulted at this link. Tickets can already be purchased online for the single price of 20 RON.
The event, a cultural project financed by the National Cinema Center, Europa Cinemas, is co-financed by the Timiș County Council. Partners in its organization are Cinema Victoria, administered by the Project Center of the Municipality of Timișoara, Magus Consulting, the University of West Timișoara and the French Institute Timișoara
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