Romanian auteur Radu Muntean tackles teenage angst in his sixth feature, Alice T., which explores the strained relationship of the titular character and her adoptive mother, Bogdana (Mihaela Sirbu). After countless issues at home and at school, Alice becomes pregnant, which causes a stir with Bogdana, who had trouble conceiving. Muntean reteams with his favored DP Tudor Lucaciu and writing partners Alexandre Baciu and Razvan Radulescu. An underrated but critically lauded member of the Romanian New Wave, Muntean remains a prominent film festival fixture whose observational films are marked by a heightened degree of nuance.
Release Date/Prediction: After his Locarno competing sophomore film The Paper Will Be Blue in 2006, Muntean has continually frequented Cannes, first entering the Directors’ Fortnight in 2008 with Boogie (aka Summer Holiday), and then playing in Un Certain Regard with the highly celebrated Tuesday After Christmas in 2010 and One Floor Below (read review) in 2015. We expect Alice T. will likely follow the same route unless Muntean is finally allowed to break into the competition.