Il trofeo Transilvania va a The Whaler Boy
- Tra i vincitori della ventesima edizione del raduno rumeno anche lungometraggi provenienti da Spagna, Lituania e Polonia
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There were many things to celebrate at the 20th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (23 July-1 August, Cluj-Napoca), which kicked off with a symbolic simultaneous gala in 20 Romanian towns and a campaign dubbed #impreunaprinfilm (lit. “#togetherthroughcinema”).
At the awards gala, the jury chaired by Mexican screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga handed the Transilvania Trophy, the festival’s top award, to Philipp Yuriyev’s The Whaler Boy [+leggi anche:
intervista: Philipp Yuryev
scheda film] (Poland/Russia/Belgium), as it is “a wonderful, meticulous portrait of an isolated community and of the dreams of a boy dazed by social media”. One of the very few Romanian LGBT productions, Eugen Jebeleanu’s Poppy Field [+leggi anche:
intervista: Eugen Jebeleanu
scheda film] (Romania), received two highly coveted accolades at the gala, the Best Director Award and the Audience Award, the latter being given to the most popular film out of the 12 competing titles, based on the votes cast by the audience.
The jury handed out the Best Performance Award to Spanish actress Petra Martínez for her role in David Martín de los Santos’ That Was Life [+leggi anche:
intervista: Damián París e Rosa García…
intervista: David Martín de los Santos
scheda film] (Spain/Belgium). A Special Mention of the Jury, for how it conveys the “absurdity of war”, was given to Marat Sargsyan’s The Flood Won't Come [+leggi anche:
intervista: Marat Sargsyan
scheda film] (Lithuania).
For the second consecutive year, the FIPRESCI jury gave its award to a film in the festival’s Romanian Days competition, and this year it was bestowed upon Bogdan George Apetri’s thriller Unidentified [+leggi anche:
scheda film] (Romania/Latvia/Czech Republic). The top award in this competition went to Ruxandra Ghiţescu’s Otto the Barbarian [+leggi anche:
intervista: Ruxandra Ghiţescu
scheda film] (Romania/Belgium).
Here is the complete list of awards handed out at the festival’s 20th-anniversary edition:
Special Jury Prize
Pebbles - PS Vinothraj (India)
Poppy Field - Eugen Jebeleanu
Best Short Film
When Night Meets Dawn - Andreea Borţun (Romania)
Cradle - Paul Mureşan (Romania)
Wild Romania - Dan Dinu, Cosmin Dumitrache (Romania)
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