Babyteeth wins the Transilvania Trophy at TIFF 2020

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Babyteeth, the debut film of the Australian female director Shannon Murphy, starring Eliza Scanlen as the lead actress has won the big trophy of the 11th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), and also the big prize worth EUR 10,000. The trophy was granted “for the joy of life recounted through the experience of our crossing over”.

The film tells the story of Milla, a seriously ill teenager who falls in love with a drug dealer, Moses, which becomes her parents’ worst nightmare.

Babyteeth screening. Photo by Nicu Cherciu

The audience’s favorite film has also been Babyteeth.

Producer Ada Solomon, female director Adina Pintilie, actor András Hatházi, playwright Csaba Székely and writer Philip O Ceallaigh have chosen two winners of the Best director category, worth EUR 3,500. Tim Mielants has impressed the jury with Patrick, a story that “managed to naturally create a special, bizarre world”.

Female film director Zheng Lu Xinyuan was also awarded ex-aequo for The Cloud In Her Room, “an unconventional cinema experience revealing a directorial voice in the making of an impressive courage and talent”.

For “the fascinating ride into the intimacy of a woman in crisis”, actress Evgeniya Gromova, the protagonist of Fidelity, has won the Prize for the Best Performance, worth EUR 1,000. “I am happy to see that life has not just stopped and that the festival has taken place and I am grateful that I am among the winners”, the actress said in a video message.

The Special Jury Prie, worth EUR 1,500 went to the independent production Sister directed by Svetla Tsotsorkova, “an original, surprising and comic story, where a row of lies is leading to the truth”.

Radu Ciorniciuc, author of documentary Acasă/ Home, was awarded the Prize of the Romanian Film Days for the feature film section, worth EUR 10,000 (consisting in production services and rolls of film).

A special mention went to the Ivana Mladenović’s Ivana the Terrible, “for the courage of exposing an injured soul, in a charming, tender and deeply personal way”. The female director dedicated the prize to Anca Pop, one of the artists from the distribution, who lost her life in a tragic way while the film was in post-production (editor note: The singer died on December 16, 2018, after she lost control of her car for unknown reasons and the car plunged into the Danube river, near the commune Svinita, while she was heading to her parents’ home).

FIPRESCI Prize, went to the documentary Totul nu va fi bine/ Everything will not be fine made by Adrian Pîrvu and Helena Maksyom, a road-movie following the paths of some lives influenced by Chernobyl.

The 19th edition of TIFF ended on August 9, with two sold-out screenings of the French comedy Delete History (directed by Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern).

Held in the open air for the first time, TIFF has lured 45,000 spectators during July 31-August 9. For ten days, the film lovers could watch 157 films from 49 countries within 232 screenings (as against 400 in 2019), in 14 locations.

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