Romanian film “Dogs” grabs TIFF trophy

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‘Dogs’ by Romanian film director Bogdan Mirica won the official competition of this year’s Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF). Culture Minister Corina Suteu presented Mirica with the Transylvania Trophy at the TIFF Closing Gala on Saturday night, saying that ‘Dogs’ unveils”real talent and is highly impressive because it is also a film of art.”

Young director Bogdan Mirica thanked his parents for not constraining him and allowing him to experience mistakes, confusion, change his life path evenwhen he was 30, because this kind of freedom enabled him to make the movie that earned him the TIFF trophy and the EUR 15,000 prize.

A special prize called Transylvania Trophy 15 was awarded to film director Cristi Puiu for his movie ‘Sieranevada.’

TIFF brought Italian legend Sophia Loren in the limelight this year, as she was presented with a lifetime achievement award. Supermodel Madalina Ghenea handed her the award and confessed how much the Italian star actress has been a role model for her life and career, and that they both have in common leaving home when they were 14.sophia loren

Taking the stage to long-standing applause, Sophia Loren said that she is usually excited at such events, but this time emotions are overly high. “Although I’ve been making films for so long, I’m still not sure if I’m doing well what I’m doing. Thank you so much, it was a great surprise. See you next year,” said the actress.

Scottish film producer Iain Smith received the Transylvania Trophy for Special Contribution to World Cinema, and The Best Director award honored Israeli Avishai Sivan was for his drama ‘Tikkun’.

The Audience Award went to ‘The Open Door’ by Argentinean director Marina Seresesky; and ‘Neon Bull’ directed by Gabriel Mascaro was picked for the FIPRESCI international critics award.

The Romanian Movie Days Award was conferred on Gabriel Achim’s ‘The Last Day’ which was released at TIFF. The prize for Best Actor rewarded David D’Ingeo, and the Special Jury Prize was awarded to ‘Sparrows’ by Icelandic director Runar Runarsson.

A lifetime achievement award was also offered to former actress of the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj-Napoca Lujza Orosz, while Romanian actress Carmen Galin received the festival’s Award of Excellence.

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