27 French films, over 100 physical screenings, 11 online screenings, 11 days, 12 cities, over 5,000 spectators and 2 awards for young talent, here are, in numbers, the 25th edition of the longest-lived festival from Romania dedicated to a national cinema, organized by the French Institute together with its partners between July 1 and 11, 2021.
For the first time in the history of the festival, the screenings took place in three formats: online, in cinemas or cultural spaces, but also outdoors, in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Timisoara, Arad, Brasov, Braila, Constanta, Sfântu Gheorghe, Sibiu, Suceava and Târgu Mureş.
The latest and most acclaimed French productions for the first time in the country, such as “Adieu les cons” / “Goodbye, fools!” by Albert Dupontel, “DNA” by Maiwenn or “Un Triomphe” / “Audience Success” by Emmanuel Courcol, the debuts of young talents in the competitive short and feature film sections, Carte Blanche for 5 Romanian filmmakers dedicated to moviegoers eager to review signed titles by Maurice Pialat, Bertrand Blier or Robert Bresson but also the online retrospective of emblematic films from previous editions such as “Le goût des autres” / “A matter of taste” by Agnès Jaoui, in short the “menu” of this anniversary edition, greeted with enthusiasm from spectators across the country.
In Bucharest, at the Elvire Popesco cinema and on the Le Bistrot Social terrace in the courtyard of the French Institute, almost 2000 spectators watched the festival’s films together, a number that proves, to the detriment of online screenings, also available during the festival, the public’s appetite to return to cinemas or outdoor screenings and enjoy the collective cultural experience, respecting the health restrictions in force.
The curiosity and interest of the spectators from Bucharest were also enhanced by the possibility to meet and hear some of the directors who signed the films from the festival or who proposed them in the Carte Blanche section:
– Emmanuel Courcol, director of the film “Un Triomphe” / “Public success”, the special guest of this edition, present in Bucharest with Irène Muscari, consultant on the scenography;
– Charlène Favier and Peter Dourountzis, directors of two films in the competition (“Slalom” and “Vaurien” / “A bastard”), with whom the audience spoke by videoconference;
– Cristian Mungiu, Adina Pintilie, Radu Jude and Corneliu Porumboiu who introduced the films chosen in the Carte Blanche section.
The winners of the two competitive sections dedicated to young talent are the films “Condition d’élevation” / “Conditions of elevation” by IsabellePrim, in the short film competition and “Au nom de la terre” / “The call of the earth” by Edouard Bergeon, in the feature film competition .
The award given to director Isabelle Prim is a creative stay at the Résidence de Poche / Pocket Residence in Bucharest of the French Institute in Romania and was awarded by a jury of three young film critics: Flavia Dima, Victor Morozov and Georgiana Muşat.
“The winning film integrates the archives into a prefabricated and playful narrative about femininity and Julesvernian dreams, relying on the clash between technical-scientific images and a fictional soundscape,” said the jury, which also highlighted a dream too big for a child too small: to raise a balloon above the highest peaks ”.
The audience voted for the winning film in the Feature Film section after both physical and online screenings. Director Edouard Bergeon will receive a scholarship worth 1,000 euros from the French Institute. Moreover, a support package from TV5 Monde will be offered to the Romanian distributor who will bring the film to the screens in the country. “Au nom de la terre” / “The Call of the Earth” by Edouard Bergeon, a story inspired by the director’s life, was seen by over 2 million viewers in France, a real success for a debut film.
The 25th edition of the French Film Festival was organized by the French Institute in Romania. The festival was presented by Orange and had partners on Groupama Asigurări and Carrefour Romania.
Co-organizers: Arad Municipal Culture Center, French Alliance Brasov, Cinefeel Braila, Multifunctional Educational Center for Youth “Jean Constantin” Constanta, Art by Cityplex Sfântu Gheorghe, Radu Stanca National Theater Sibiu, Stefan cel Mare University Suceava, K’Arte Association Targu Mures.
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