The 20th edition of the French Film Festival takes place between November 3rd and November 13th in Bucharest, Iasi, Timisoara, Sibiu, Constanta, Brasov and Buzau.

The festival will showcase debut feature films, César awarded films and a Lucile Hadžihalilović retrospective.

The screening venues are: the Elvire Popesco cinema in Bucharest, the Fondane Hall of the French Institute and the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iasi (between November 4th and November 8th); the Aula Magna Amphitheater of the West University in Timisoara (between November 3rd and November 6th); the Habitus library in Sibiu (between November 4th and November 6th); the Citiplex Tomis Mall in Constanta (between November 11th and November 13th); the Reduta Cultural Center in Brasov (between November 7th and November 8th); and the County Council hall in Buzau (on November 10th and November 11th).

This year’s edition of the festival takes place under the sign of music and is divided into four sections. The Cahiers du Cinéma Week section is titled Music and French Film and will screen six films. They are: ”French Cancan” by Jean Renoir, ”Les Parapluies de Cherbourg” by Jacques Demy, ”Chronique d’Anna Magdalena Bach” by Daniele Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub, ”Mélo” by Alain Resnais, ”Golden Eighties” by Chantal Akerman, and  ”Mods” by Serge Bozon.

The competition section dedicated to French directors encompasses six debut feature films. The best one will receive the TV5 Monde audience award and will also be distributed in cinemas across Romania.

The Panorama section is dedicated to promoting and distributing contemporary French film. The selection encompasses eight films awarded at events such as the César Awards Gala, the Cannes Film Festival or the Annecy Animation Festival.

The retrospective dedicated to French director, screenwriter and producer Lucile Hadžihalilović brings two films for the first time in Romania: ”Evolution” (2016) and ”Innocence” (2005). They will be screened in the presence of the author.

All films are screened in the original version, with Romanian subtitles.

Tickets for the Bucharest screenings are priced RON 15 and can be purchased at eventbook.ro, where the full program can also be checked.

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