TIFF 2015 announces films in competition
by Stefan Dobroiu
- This will be an edition dominated by emotion and tension, says TIFF artistic director Mihai Chirilov
Twelve first or second features are in with a chance of winning the Transilvania Trophy, the top award at the Transilvania International Film Festival (29 May-7 June, Cluj-Napoca). No Romanian films are in the official competition, but Europe is well represented, with features from Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, the UK and Spain.
“This year, I favoured intimate films and those productions that use, in an intelligent and surprising manner, the conventions of genre cinema. On the one hand, emotion, and on the other, tension. I was interested in the manner in which filmmakers who have made their first or second features can make the most – through precise editing, great acting and directorial talent – of the impact of these stories, which start from a limited set-up, budget or number of characters,” said TIFF artistic director Mihai Chirilov in a press release.
Five of the 12 films in competition are first features, while seven are second features. The newest film is Rams [+see also:
interview: Grimur Hakonarson
film profile] by Grímur Hákonarson, which will be landing at TIFF a few days after its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard competition at Cannes.
The full selection is as follows:
600 Miles, by Gabriel Ripstein (Mexico/USA)
Long Distance [+see also:
interview: Carlos Marques-Marcet
film profile], by Carlos Marques-Marcet (Spain/USA)
Rams, by Grímur Hákonarson (Iceland/Denmark)
The Fire, by Juan Schnitman (Argentina)
The Lesson [+see also:
interview: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Val…
interview: Margita Gosheva
film profile], by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (Bulgaria/Greece)
Melbourne, by Nima Javidi (Iran)
Melody [+see also:
interview: Bernard Bellefroid
film profile], by Bernard Bellefroid (Belgium)
Summer Nights [+see also:
interview: Mario Fanfani
film profile], by Mario Fanfani (France)
Paris of the North [+see also:
film profile], by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson (Iceland/France/Denmark)
Plan Sexenal, by Santiago Cendejas (Mexico)
Radiator [+see also:
film profile], by Tom Browne (UK)
The King's Surrender, by Philipp Leinemann (Germany)
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