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ASTRA 2017 Awards

Deliver Us wins the top award at Astra

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- Among the other winners were documentaries from Poland, Romania, Israel and China

Deliver Us wins the top award at Astra
Director and cinematographer Iosif Demian receiving the Excellence Award

Romania’s biggest documentary event, the Astra Film Festival (16-22 October, Sibiu), came to the end of its 24th edition with a gala ceremony that crowned Federica Di Giacomo’s Deliver Us [+see also:
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 as Best International Documentary. Radu Jude’s The Dead Nation [+see also:
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 received the Best Romanian Documentary Award, while Anna Zamecka’s Communion [+see also:
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 received the Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Award. 

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One of the festival’s most popular events at this edition was the screening of Rainbow Bubbles, a feature directed by Iosif Demian in 1982 but never released, because of the communist censorship. For his work as a director and cinematographer, Demian received the Excellence Award at Astra 2017.

Here is the full list of award winners:

Best International Documentary
Deliver Us [+see also:
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 - Federica Di Giacomo (Italy/France)
Special Mention
Another Year - Shengze Zhu (China)

Best Central and Eastern European Documentary
Communion [+see also:
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trailer
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]
 - Anna Zamecka (Poland)

Best Romanian Documentary
The Dead Nation [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Radu Jude (Romania)

Best Research in a Documentary Award
Shindy Music - Andrei Nicolae Teodorescu (Romania) 

Best Research in a Documentary - Second Award
Phoenixxx - Mihail Gavril Dragolea (Romania) 

Best School Documentary
Education - Emi Buchwald (Poland) 

Best Directing in a School Documentary
Urban Cowboys - Pawel Ziemilski (Poland)

Best Short Documentary
Homecoming - Noam Sobovitz (Israel)

Excellence Award
Iosif Demian

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