Les Films de Cannes in Timisoara, between 18 and 20 October
The 4th edition of Les Films de Cannes in Timisoara takes place between October 18 and 20, in the Aula Magna of the Western University of Timisoara. And this year, the festival proposes a selection of films signed by big names of world cinema, meant to highlight the current art cinema. Thus, the public in Timisoara will have the opportunity to see the film productions that have won the Palme d'Or, the Screenplay Award, the Award for Male Performance and the Award for Female Performance, seen in a short film entitled Cinemagia.
Pedro Almodóvar had a flashy return at this year's Cannes Film Festival, with Pain and Glory to be screened in Timisoara on October 18, the first day of the festival. The film marks the seventh collaboration with Antonio Banderas and he was awarded the Prize for male performance for the role of a filmmaker (Salvador Mallo) in a creative, emotional and health crisis. Mallo, an alter ego of Almodóvar, is masterfully interpreted by Banderas on his way to reconciliation and reconciliation with irreversible events such as death.
The film addresses recurring themes of the author and was met with unanimous appreciation by the press and the public, something unique for the controversial Almodóvar. A Spanish critic described it as a work "dark and obsessive, but at the same time, generous, full of light and emotion". A hard and moving story, the film "leaves you with a sweet sadness and a keen desire to see the next movie," according to critics of The Guardian. & Nbsp;
Parasite, by Bong Joon-ho, is the winner of the Palme dʻOr of the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival and will be able to be seen in Timisoara on Saturday, October 19th. The film tells the story of the Ki-taek family, who are unemployed and are very interested in the life of the wealthy Park family. One day, their son manages to receive a referral to teach individual English courses at home to the Park family and this will be the beginning of a series of unmanageable events. For IndieWire, Parasite is "a brilliant, captivating movie that refuses categories," while Variety notes the Korean author's "devastating form" in this exceptional tragic comedy "about social inequalities in modern Korea."
Also on Saturday, is designed Portrait from the young girls en feu, directed by Céline Sciamma, the film that won the Best Screenplay Award in 2019. Rewarded with numerous awards, the filmmaker Céline Sciamma participated in Cannes with no less than three films: Naissance des pieuvres in the section Un Certain Regard 2006, Bande des filles in Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2014 and Portrait of the young girl en feuî in the official competition of this year's edition.
In eighteenth-century France, a young painter, Marianne, is hired to do her wedding portrait of Héloïse, in secret. She must observe her pattern by day in order to paint it at night. The relationship between the two women will become closer as they share Héloïse's last moments of freedom. The first vintage film of the director is "so good that you will want it immediately after reviewing it with the slow down to understand exactly how it did", we read the Hollywood Reporter.
On the last day of the festival, the public will meet Little Joe, a remarkable plant not only for beauty, but also for its therapeutic values: properly cared for, it makes its owner happy. The film marks the first participation in the official competition in Cannes of the director Jessica Hausner, who became the "wonderful child" of the Austrian cinema, and won the Award for female performance. "Dare of approaching synthetics, here is a film that, from the color palette to the interpretation, defies the labels. For those who prefer an adventurous cinema, the story should exert a charm as hypnotic as the genetically modified plant, ”writes Screen Daily about the film. Present in Cannes since the first short films, this stylized commentary on the use of happiness, at any price, reconfirms its directorial acuity and unpredictable artistic choices.
Also on October 20, the latest film signed by Xavier Dolan, the terrible child of the cinema, who continues to shock and amaze, this time with Matthias et Maxime, selected in the official competition, will be screened. It is a story about two childhood friends who are kissing for the filming of an amateur short film. But this seemingly harmless kiss deeply affects and revives older feelings, the film focusing its attention on the effects of this mix of confusion and emotion. Rewarded at the Cannes Film Festival for Mommy (2014) and Juste la fin du monde (2016), Xavier Dolan returns to the competition with an intense and delicate drama that explores the themes of friendship and personal identity.
Partners: Western University of Timisoara, European Commission Representation in Romania, French Embassy and French Institute, Europa Cinemas, Freedom House Romania, Cervantes Institute
Media partners: Radio Romania Cultural, Days and Nights, Cinemagia, Agerpres, Free Europe, TVR Timișoara, West City Radio - Timișoara, PressAlert.ro, Senso TV, Tonica