All the way from Cannes, QUINZAINE DES REALISATEURS returns to BIEFF!

Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival Bucharest BIEFF continues in 2012 its collaboration with QUINZAINE DES REALISATEURS, section of the Cannes Film Festival focused on the radically innovative tendencies of contemporary cinema. QUINZAINE DES REALISATEURS comes back at BIEFF with some of the most interesting short films from this year’s edition – 90 minutes of captivating cinematic experiments, all Romania premieres.

 

Parallel section of Cannes Film Festival, created by the French Directors’ Guild during the tumultuous events of May ‘68, QUINZAINE DES REALISATEURS seeks to aid filmmakers and contribute to their discovery by critics and audiences alike, creating a breeding ground where the Cannes Film Festival would regularly find its future prestigious auteurs. Since its inception, QUINZAINE DES REALISATEURS has showcased the first films of Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Ken Loach, Jim Jarmusch, Michael Haneke, Robert Bresson, Manoel de Oliveira etc.

 

The special program will be represented in Bucharest by Mr. Christophe Leparc, the managing director of QUINZAINE DES REALISATEURS, invited also as a member of the 2012 BIEFF jury. BIEFF’s collaboration with QUINZAINE DES REALISATEURS is possible thanks to the generous support offered by the French Cultural Institute and UNIFRANCE.

 

QUINZAINE DES REALISATEURS showcases a selection of extremely special films which, after having their international premiere at Cannes, have seduced the audiences and the juries of many festivals all over the world.

 

Winning the Best Short Film Award at QUINZAINE DES REALISATEURS 2012, THE CURSE is a disturbing social parable about the conflict between personal freedom and social conventions. The young, still unmarried Fatine is caught in an intimate moment with her lover by a small village boy, soon followed by a whole group of children, who start to blackmail her, threatening to reveal her secret. Deeply frightened by the public disdain, she gradually succumbs to their pressure. What seems to be initially a game, soon becomes a dangerous sliding down into human (self)degradation. Fatine gets into prostitution for a bag of candy and a Coke. More than a victim of society, she becomes a victim of herself. The fact that the perpetrators are children makes the situation even more threatening and oppresive.

 

 

Questioning the border between reality and fiction, DRAWN FROM MEMORY is a mesmerizing self reflexive short, which innovatively explores the „film inside the film” technique. A young filmmaking student sets to make a film about his grandmother, who always wanted to be a horror film actress. The grandson reconstructs famous scenes from classics such as THE BIRDS, PSYCHO and ROSEMARY’S BABY, starring his grandmother in the main roles. Meanwhile, her Alzheimer advances, making her acting impossible. A strikingly personal story, the film becomes the filmmaker’s love letter to his grandmother and also to cinema itself.

 

 

A philosophical poem at its finest” (Nisimazine), KONIGSBERG is a charming „existentialist” tragicomedy, reminding of the absurd humor, the melancholic reflexivity and the painterly aesthetics of Roy Anderson’s cinema. Mr Konigsberg seems to have a perfect life: he runs a small successful bussiness, is a happy husband and father surrounded by a loving family, he enjoys pleasures like hunting. Yet, under the mask of this happiness, there lies hidden an irremediable sadness: the hunting is more a therapy than a hobby, while family means actually indifference, non-communication and loneliness. Mr. Konigsberg feels he’s loosing his reason to go on.

 

 

Reminding of the alienation poetry of Gus van Sant’s cinema, the seductive THE LIVING DEAD is a sensual portrait of a “lost” young generation, consumed by a perpetual self-destructive hedonism. The teenagers seem to do all the things their parents prevent them from doing: drugs, alcohol, random sex. Yet the film goes deep, searching for their profound reasons. In an alienated materialistic society, the self-destruction seems to become their authentic way of self-expression and protest. In a daringly fragmented narrative, on the border between reality and oneiric surrealism, THE LIVING DEAD disturbs, seduces, provokes.

Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival (BIEFF) is organized by the Culture and Image Association, with the support of the National Cinema Centre, the National University of Drama and Film Bucharest, the National Art University, Le Fresnoy National Studio National Des Arts Contemporaines, MNAC National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, Jameson, JTI, Samsung, Romania Film, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Austrian Cultural Forum, Goethe Institute, UNIFRANCE, the French Institute, the Korean Embassy, the Polish Institute, Dacia, Cărturești, ALLTUR, Kraftmark.

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