Corneliu Porumboiu's film "La Gomera" competes at Cannes 2019

Corneliu Porumboiu's film La Gomera competes at Cannes 2019

The film "La Gomera", the fifth fiction film by Corneliu Porumboiu, was selected in the competition of the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival, where it will have the world premiere. Corneliu Porumboiu's film will compete for the Palme d'Or trophy with feature films directed by filmmakers such as Jim Jarmusch, Pedro Almodóvar, Ken Loach and the Dardenne brothers, reports

& nbsp; The Cannes Film Festival will be held May 14-25, 2019. "La Gomera", & nbsp; Corneliu Porumboiu's first film which is made outside the country, was shot in Romania, Spain and Singapore, in 2018 , and from the cast are Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Menghia (Marlon), Rodica Lazar, Sabin Tambrea, Agustí Villaronga, Cristóbal Pinto and Antonio Buíl.

The image of the film written and directed by Corneliu Porumboiu is signed by Tudor Mircea, the scenography is made by Simona Pădureţu, costume designer Dana Păpăruz, and Arantxa Etcheverria Porumboiu is responsible for the artistic direction.

Cristi, a corrupt Romanian policeman, involved in a 30 million euro deal with the mafia, arrives on the island of La Gomera, in Spain, to learn El Silbo, a whistling language used by the locals. The coded language will help free Zsolt, a trafficker under arrest in Bucharest, and the only one in the band who knows where the money is hidden.

"The film focuses on a possible use of the El Silbo ancestral language, in a world where communication has become more and more controlled, with a direct conflict between verbal and non-verbal," Corneliu Porumboiu said during the filming. “A few years ago, I watched a documentary about El Silbo. This fascinating language, on the verge of extinction, rediscovered and used again on the island of La Gomera, inspired me and motivated me to write this story ”, added the director.

"La Gomera" is a 42 KM FILM production co-produced with Les Films du Worso (France), Komplizen Film (Germany). Co-producers are also Grand Accord Arts, Film i Vast and Filmgate Films (Sweden). Producers are Marcela Mîndru (Ursu) and Patricia Poienaru. Co-producers are Sylvie Pialat, Benoît Quainon, Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach and Maren Ade.

The feature film is made with the support of the National Center for Cinematography and Eurimages and will be released in theaters in Romania this autumn.

Corneliu Porumboiu, born in 1975, in Vaslui, studied film directing at the National University of Theater and Cinematographic Art "I. L. Caragiale ”from Bucharest. After a series of short films ("On the wings of wine", "Travel to the city" and "Dream of Liviu"), Corneliu Porumboiu made his feature film debut in 2006 with the film "Was it or was it not?". The film, made from independent funds, had the world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival where it won the Caméra d'Or debut prize and the Label Europa Cinémas distribution award.

In 2015, he launched in Cannes the feature film "Treasure", for which he was rewarded with the Un Certain Talent award of the section Un Certain Regard.

The Cannes jury will be led by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Inárritu, and Jim Jarmusch's "The Dead Dead Die" will open the event and competition.

Romance and politics, love and rebellion, are the topics covered in the selected films. Many women directors, 13 in number in the official selection, debuts, painters and zombies are some of the elements that characterize the films included in the official selection.

In the Cannes FF 2019 competition, 19 feature films have been announced: "The Dead Don't Die", by Jim Jarmusch, "Dolor y Gloria", by Pedro & nbsp; Almodóvar, "Il traditore", by Marco Bellochio, "The Wild Goose Lake" , by Diao Yinan, "Parasite", by & nbsp; Bong Joon Ho, "Le Jeune Ahmed", by & nbsp; Jean-Pierre Dardenne & amp; Luc Dardenne, "Roubaix, a light!", By Arnaud Desplechin, "Atlantique", by Mati Diop, "Matthias et Maxime", by Xavier Dolan, "Little Joe", by Jessica Hausner, "Sorry We Missed You", by Ken Loach, "Les misérables", by Ladj Lee, "A Hidden Life", by Terrence Malick, "Bacurau", by & nbsp; Kleber Mendonça Filho & amp; Juliano Dornelles, "La Gomera", by Corneliu Porumboiu, "Frankie", by Ira Sachs, "Portrait of the Young Girl in Feu", by Céline Sciamma, "It Must be Heaven", by Elia Suleiman, "Sybil", by Justine Triet.

Out of the competition: "Les Plus Belle Années d'un Vie", by Claude Lelouch, "Rocketman", by Dexter Fletcher, "Too Old To Die Young - North of Hollywood, West of Hell", by Nicolas Winding Refn, "Diego Maradona ", by Asif Kapadia," La Belle Epoque ", by Nicolas Bedos. & Nbsp;

In Séance Minuit, "The Gangster, the cop, the devil" has been announced so far, by Lee Won-Tae, and in & nbsp; Séance Spéciale, "Share", by Pippa Biamnco, "For Sama", by & nbsp; Waad Al Kateab & amp. ; Edward Watts, "Etre Vivant et le Savoir", by Alain Cavalier, "Family Romance, LLC", by Werner Herzog, and "Que sea ley", by Juan Solanas.

In the Un Certain Regard section 16 feature films were announced: "Vida Invisivel", by Karim Aïnouz, "Dylda", by & nbsp; Kantemir Balagov, & nbsp; "Les Hirondelles de Kaboul", by Zabou Breitman & amp; Eléa Gobé Mévellec, "La Femme de mon Frère", by Monia Chokri, "The Climb", by Michael Covino, "Jeanne", by Bruno Dumont, "O Que Arde", by Olivier Laxe, "Chambre 212", by & nbsp; Christophe Honoré, "Port Authority", by Danielle Lessovitz, "Papicha", by Mounia Meddour, "Adam", by Maryam Touzani, "Zhou Ren Mi Mi", by Midi Z, "Liberté", by Albert Serra, "Bull", by Annie Silverstein, "Summer of Changsha", Zu Feng, "Evge", by Nariman Aliev.

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