The winner of the Palme d'Or and the grand prizes at Cannes, for the first time at Les Films de Cannes in Bucharest

The winner of the Palme d'Or and the grand prizes at Cannes, for the first time at Les Films de Cannes in Bucharest

"Parasite", rewarded this year with the Palme d'Or prize, and the feature films that have won their big trophies at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, are premiering at Les Films de Cannes in Bucharest, an event that takes place during the 18th - October 27, shows a statement released MEDIAFAX.

Coming to the tenth edition, the event Les Films de Cannes in Bucharest will present this year to the public in Romania some of the most important recent films, for the first time.

Pedro Almodóvar, the flamboyant Spanish filmmaker, was celebrated as a contemporary teacher at Cannes in 2004, when his film "La mala educación" was chosen to open the festival. Two years later, "Volver" was rewarded with the award for best screenplay, a reward that was added to the trophy for best director for "Todo sobre mi madre" in 1999. In 2019, Almodóvar made a return fulminant in the official competition, with "Dolor y Gloria", the seventh collaboration with Antonio Banderas, rewarded with the award for male performance.

Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas), a director in physical decline, is part of a series of finds. Rediscovering his past, Salvador feels an urgent need to tell him and, thanks to this inner pressure, he finds his salvation. The film is part of a brochure started with "La ley del deseo" (1987) and continued with "La mala educación". A compendium and a meditation on the recurring themes of the author, the film was welcomed in Spain with the unanimous appreciation of the press and the public, something unique for the controversial Almodóvar. A Spanish critic described it as a "dark and obsessive, but at the same time, generous, full of light and emotion" work. "A kind of miracle", titled Variety, for which Banderas had, according to his own confessions, to kill his personality to recreate an alter ego of the director. The result of this exceptional collaboration is a "sensual and deeply personal jewel, a film about pleasure that becomes, in itself, a pleasure" (The Guardian).

Born in 1960, in Nazareth, Elia Suleiman was rewarded with her talent right from the start: her first feature, "Chronicle of a Disappearance", was declared the best film in 1996 in Venice. In 2002, "Divine Intervention" won the jury prize at Cannes. Often compared to filmmakers such as Jacques Tati and Buster Keaton, Suleiman juggles playfulness and sobriety with a similar poetic sense.

In "It Must Be Heaven" (jury special mention, Cannes 2019), the director emigrates from Palestine in search of a new "home", but soon realizes that his home country is following him as a shadow. A burlesque film that explores notions such as identity, nationality and belonging and in which the actor-filmmaker asks a fundamental question: where can you feel at home? "The actor-director uses his face and body to express the soul of Palestine and nowhere is this more evident than in his new funny comedy," writes Hollywood Reporter.

Before becoming a director, Bong Joon-ho studied sociology and film at the Korean Academy of Fine Arts. "The Host", screened in 2006 in Cannes, in Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, has cemented its reputation as a director, raising genre films at the art level. In 2009, he presented "Mother" in the Un Certain Regard section, and in 2017 he made the jump in the official competition with the caustic satire "Okja".

"Parasite / Gisaengchung" is the big winner of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and one of those rare masterpieces rewarded with Palme d'Or that have met the ovations of the jury, critics and audiences. 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. Variety writes that "the Korean author is in devastating form with this black tragicomedy as the pitfall of social inequalities in modern Korea," Time Magazine was of the opinion that the movie is a "great example of how a well-told story with live characters, it can cut to the bone and leave you thinking for days. " The Times concludes: "" Parasite "is a masterpiece to which the author has devoted his entire career."

At the age of 40, filmmaker Céline Sciamma managed to perform 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 de la jeune fille en feu", rewarded with the prize for the best scenario in the official competition of 2019.

The story from "Portrait de la jeune fille en feu" takes place in 1770. Marianne is a painter committed to make her portrait of Héloïse, a young aristocrat recently returned from the monastery, who, however, refuses to pose. Marianne will have to paint it in secret. "Far from being a rigid era drama, it is a deeply disturbing love story, with a modern soul, but also a strong, compassionate feminist fable," writes the AV Club Americans.

Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hausner has become the "wonderful child" of Austrian cinema after receiving a special mention from the Cinéfondation jury in 1999, even with her graduation film.

The Cannes Film Festival selected three feature films, "Lovely Rita" (2001), "Hotel" (2004) and "Amour Fou" for the Un Certain Regard section. All three are testimony to her directing acuity and refusal to make artistic compromises, and "Little Joe" (the award for best female performance for Emily Beecham, Cannes 2019) is her first participation in the official competition.

Even for an unpredictable career as a filmmaker, "Little Joe" surprises: it is a clinical, stylized commentary on human vanity and happiness as a commodity. The film tells the story of a brilliant plant designer who suspects that his latest creation, a flower with a scent that makes people happy, subtly changes the personality of those who inspire their pollen. "The interpretations are calibrated a degree or two further from the reality. Dare of synthetics in approach, 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 have a charm as hypnotic as the genetically modified plant, "writes Screen Daily.

The tenth edition of the Les Films event in Cannes in Bucharest is organized by the Cinemascop and Voodoo Films Association. More details can be found on the filmedefestival.ro website and on the official Facebook page. Tickets will be available soon on Eventbook.ro.

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