The Transilvania Trophy goes to The Whaler Boy
- Features from Spain, Lithuania and Poland were also among the winners at the 20th edition of the Romanian gathering
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 [+see also:
interview: Philipp Yuryev
film profile] (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 [+see also:
interview: Eugen Jebeleanu
film profile] (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 [+see also:
interview: Damián París and Rosa Garcí…
interview: David Martín de los Santos
film profile] (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 [+see also:
interview: Marat Sargsyan
film profile] (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 [+see also:
film profile] (Romania/Latvia/Czech Republic). The top award in this competition went to Ruxandra Ghiţescu’s Otto the Barbarian [+see also:
interview: Ruxandra Ghiţescu
film profile] (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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