The Heiresses wins the top award at the Transilvania IFF
by Stefan Dobroiu
- Other awards went to productions from Germany, Austria, Denmark and Spain
Three years after the Transilvania Trophy went to the Argentinian production The Fire, the top award of the 17th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (25 May-3 June, Cluj-Napoca) has gone to South America once again: the jury chose Paraguayan director Marcelo Martinessi's The Heiresses [+see also:
film profile] as the best film of this year’s edition. Interestingly, the competition jury chose to completely ignore the two Romanian features vying for the trophy, especially Adina Pintilie's Touch Me Not [+see also:
interview: Adina Pintilie
film profile], this year's Golden Bear winner. With one exception, the rest of the awards went to European productions.
As for the Romanian Days sidebar, the new Romanian films failed to convince the jury, and the awards went mainly to previously released features. Constantin Popescu's Pororoca [+see also:
interview: Constantin Popescu
film profile] received the Best Romanian Feature Award, while a Special Mention was given to Touch Me Not.
French actress-director Fanny Ardant, Hungarian directors Márta Mészáros and István Szabó, and Romanian actors Anna Széles and Dan Nuţu received Honorary Awards.
Here is the complete list of competitive awards at the 2018 Transilvania IFF:
Romanian Days Award for Best First Feature
Soldiers. Story from Ferentari [+see also:
interview: Dawid Ogrodnik
interview: Ivana Mladenovic
film profile] - Ivana Mladenovic (Romania/Serbia/Belgium)
Romanian Days Award for Best Short Film
The Christmas Gift - Bogdan Mureşanu (Romania)
Special Mention of the Jury
Michelangelo - Anghel Damian (Romania)
Sunday - Dorian Boguţă (Romania)
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