Bolivian director Alejandro Loayza Grisi utama won both the best film award and the audience award at the 21st edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival which ended yesterday, Sunday June 26.
Distributed internationally by Alpha Violet, the Bolivian-Uruguayan-French co-production about an elderly indigenous man trying to survive in the Bolivian highlands, premiered earlier this year at Sundance where it received the Grand Jury Prize at World Cinema: Dramatic Competition. This is Grisi’s first feature film.
Icelandic Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson won Best Director for his second feature beautiful beings. He received the same award in 2017 for his debut Heart stone.
The Special Jury Prize was awarded to Lithuanian Dovile Sarutyte’s Feature film about lifeand the prize for the best interpretation was shared by Laura Müller and Schemci Lauth for Julien Hilmoine’s double The night belongs to lovers.
In addition, the jury awarded a special mention to Eszter Csonka for her interpretation of a bodybuilder ready to sacrifice everything to win the world championship to László Csuja and Anna Nemes. Soft.
The international jury was made up of Romanian director Bogdan George Apetri, Icelandic actress and director Halldóra Geirhardsdóttir, Carlos Rodríguez Ríos of Barcelona distributor Noucinemart and the D’A Film Festival, Turkish producer and industrial consultant Gülin Üstün and Serbian director Srdan. Golubovic.
Ongoing renovation works at the traditional venue for the awards ceremony at Cluj-Napoca’s historic opera house enabled the closing ceremony to take place for the second consecutive year in the city’s main Unirii square .
The awards were presented before the lights went out for the outdoor screening of the comedy by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat Official competition which closed the festival.
Bogdan George Apetri Miracle won the prize for best film in the Romanian Days section while that of Alina Grigore Blue Moon was named best first film by the jury composed of film critic and festival programming advisor Barbara Wurm, Gaga Chkheidze, director of the Tbilisi International Film Festival, and Norwegian film curator Kjell Runar Jensen.
Victor Canache’s first feature film The goat with her three kids, based on a gory folk tale, was voted the festival’s most popular Romanian film by TIFF audiences.
A special mention was given to the first feature film by Stefan Constantinescu The man and the dog which had been developed as part of the First Films First training program for South East European filmmakers in 2017 and premiered in Gothenburg in January.
The Fipresci prize for the best film in the Romanian Days competition was awarded to Immaculate by Monica Stan and George Chiper-Lillemark.
The new What’s Up, Doc? The prize for films that blur the line between fiction and documentary has been awarded to Sebastian Mihailescu You are Ceausescu to me. It will be released in Romanian cinemas on July 29.
The ninth edition of the Transilvania Pitch Stop (TPS) saw 10 projects from Romania, Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Turkey and Serbia presented on site to an audience of invited international professionals.
The international jury composed of Oscar Alonso (Latido Films), Patra Spanou (Patra Spanou Film) and Yohann Cornu (Damned Films) awarded the Chainsaw Europe Postproduction Award with services worth €25,000 to the neo-Western de Panagiotis Charamis Avanos.
Kristina Spassovska, based in Sofia 40 Maria Luisa Blvd.who had also traveled to Cluj to participate in the First Films First training module on script development, received the €5,000 Transilvania Pitch Stop Development award sponsored by Avanpost and TIFF.
Turkish filmmaker Burcu Aykar and her producer Müge Özen have won the National Film Center of Moldova prize of €500 for As The shadows are fading, while the Villa KULT Development Award of €500 to cover development and research costs was awarded to Moldovan director Maxim Baraliuc Light.
In addition, this year’s CoCo Prize, which offers the winner a five-day residency at the German co-production market Connecting Cottbus in early November, was awarded to Where are the elephants going? by co-directors Gabi Sarga and Catalin Rotaru.
A disappointment was the physical absence in Cluj of Ukrainian director Andrii Ivaniuk and his producer Volodomyr Filippov from Insightmedia to present their project on domestic violence, Sasha – Oleksanda. Instead, they sent a detailed video presentation and were able to hold one-on-one meetings online.
Two representatives of the Ukrainian film community were nevertheless able to meet international colleagues in Cluj: producer Olga Zhurzhenko from Ukrkino traveled from her new base in Warsaw and Natalia Libet from ESSE Production House was at TIFF to coordinate the second edition of the First Cut Lab at the start of the week.
Festival President Tudor Giurgiu said Filter he is now in the final stages of post-production for his last feature film as a director, Freedom (formerly known as Sibiu ’89), co-produced by Libra Films with Hungarian director Joszef Berger of Mythberg Film.
Based on real events of the Revolution that overthrew the communist regime, the drama reconstructs a little-known story of those chaotic days when violent civil unrest led to a bloody confrontation between army forces and militia and police. secret of Ceausescu.
Additionally, Giurgiu is working on the documentary Nasty about legendary Romanian tennis player Ilie Nastase and had been able to interview Boris Becker in London before the former German tennis ace began his prison sentence this spring.
The TIFF team will have little respite after the festival ends in Cluj as they will once again be curating a selection of the festival’s film program to tour Romania in the coming weeks in cities such as Timosoara and Sibiu.
TIFF teams are also behind the creation of a new event, the Sunscreen Film and Arts Festival, at the Black Sea port of Constanta from September 8-11. A program of around 30 films will be screened in open-air theaters and cinemas as well as boxes dedicated to children’s films, VR cinema, concerts and a film education component.