‘Nasty’ doc about Ilie Nastase selected for Cannes

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Nasty, a documentary about the impact that Romanian tennis bad boy Ilie Năstase, had on tennis has been included in the selection of the 77th edition of the Cannes International Film Festival.

The film, directed by Tudor Giurgiu, Cristian Pascariu, and Tudor D. Popescu, will  be screened in the ‘Special Screenings’ section of the Official Program during the festival which runs from May 14 to 25.

The Cannes Film Festival announced Monday it had as added 13 titles to the selection for its 77th edition as Special Screenings.

“It’s extraordinary that NASTY has been selected this year at Cannes. In France, Ilie Năstase is just as loved as in Romania. … It is a recognition of our team’s work and proof that you can be selected at Cannes even with a film that is not necessarily in the realm of art cinema, said Tudor Giurgiu.

He called it „a step forward towards the international distribution of the film…. I shared the news with Ilie, and he was very happy,” he added.

Nasty tells the story of Năstase’s career and the impact he had on tennis. Tennis stars Rafael Nadal, Björn Borg, Jimmy Connors and Stan Smith and Nike founder Phil Knight appear in the documentary.

The film follows Nastase’s rise to world-class tennis and his antics and entertaining frolicks on he court and premiered in Bucharest on April 16 to an audience of 3,000. After the screening Nastase, 77, was joined on stage by former gymnast Nadia Comaneci, who scored the world’s perfect 10, football legend Gheorghe Hagi, and Boris Becker.

‘Nasty’ was ranked world No. 1 in singles from 23 August 1973 to 2 June 1974, and was the first man to hold the top position on the computerized ATP Rankings. He is one of 10 players to have won more than 100 ATP titles, 64 in singles and 45 in doubles.

In 2017, Nastase who was Romanian team captain at a World Group II playoff, speculated about the color of the skin of Serena Williams’ unborn child. He also swore at the umpire and „made advances of a sexual nature” to the  British team captain.

The International Tennis Federation banned him from any official roles in tennis until 2021.

One of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, Cannes brings hundreds of international stars to the red carpet.

Among this year’s guests are filmmaker George Lucas, who will be honored for his entire career, Canadian director Xavier Dolan, who will be the president of the Un Certain Regard jury, director and screenwriter Greta Gerwig, the president of the competition jury, and actor Kevin Costner.

Romanian director Emanuel Pârvu will also make his Competition debut with third feature Three Miles to the End of the World, about a gay teenager trapped in village where he is ostracized by everyone around him.

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