Changa Revisited and A Mere Breath among Astra Film Festival winners
by Vladan Petkovic
- The US film has won the OutstanDox Award, while The Dazzling Light of Sunset picked up the Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Award in Sibiu
The 23rd Astra Film Festival in Sibiu (17-23 October) came to a close with US documentary Changa Revisited by Peter Biella and Leonard Kamerling winning in OutstanDox, the main section of the festival featuring films from around the world.
Georgian filmmaker Salome Jashi's The Dazzling Light of Sunset [+see also:
film profile] received the Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Award. The Documentary Heart of Sarajevo winner A Mere Breath [+see also:
film profile] by Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan won Best Romanian Documentary.
Meanwhile, one of Romania's most prominent auteurs and a long-time friend of the festival, Cristi Puiu, whose Sieranevada [+see also:
Q&A: Cristi Puiu
film profile] opened the gathering, was presented with the Excellency Award for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema.
Here is the full list of award winners:
Changa Revisited - Peter Biella, Leonard Kamerling (USA)
Special Jury Mention
Abdul and Hamza - Marko Grba Singh (Serbia)
Romanian Documentary Award for Best Directing
Angela - Botond Püsök (Romania)
Best DocSchool Award
1 Building and 40 People Dancing - Miki Polonski (Israel)
Award for Original Approach in a DocSchool Film
Those - Krizstina Meggyes (Hungary)
The New Gypsy Kings - Liviu Tipuriță (UK)
Excellency Award for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema
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