The 17th edition of the Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF), has awarded its winners at the National Theatre in Cluj on June 2.
The Transylvania Trophy, worth EUR 15,000 went to “The Heiresses”, a movie directed by Marcelo Martinessi, which also won the Silver Bear at Berlin International Film Festival this winter. Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu presented the award to film director Marcelo Martinessi.
It is for the first time that a film from Paraguay is racing at TIFF. Marcelo Martinessi has impressed the jury through an exception rigor, through a catchy rhythm of the narration.
The jury, consisting in director Dagur Kari, filmmaker Stephane Foenkinos (casting director and film director), screenwriter Rebecca Lenkiewicz, actor Vlad Ivanov and female director Agnes Kocsis, has also decided the winner for the best direction, worth EUR 5,000: Hlynur Pálmason, director of „ Winter Brother”.
Three of the actors starring in „Anchor And Hope”, directed by Carlos Marques Marcet have won the best acting performance: Natalia Tena, Oona Chaplin and David Verdaguer. The EUR 1,500 prize has been offered by Conceptual Lab, while the trophy has been handed out by actor Jean-Marc Barr, who was TIFF’s special guest this year. „The Big Blue”, directed by Luc Besson and starring Jean-Marc Barr, has closed the TIFF gala on Sunday.
The Jury Special Prize (also worth EUR 1,500) granted by HBO went to „The Home”, by Asghar Yousefinejad, and to Anna Kruglova’s „Scythe Hitting Stone.
FIPRESCI prize went to „Life Guidance” dystopia, signed by Ruth Mader, while the Public’s Prize went to the „The Guilty” minimalist thriller, directed by Gustav Moller. The film will hit the Romanian theaters as of November, distributed by Bad Unicorn.
„I would like to have Romanian films such as Touch Me Not and Charleston in the competition every year,” said Mihai Chirilov, the artistic director of the festival.
TIFF has awarded French diva Fanny Ardant for her entire film career, who said on the stage in Cluj-Napoca that this prize „gave her light and warmth”. Romanian actress Anna Széles was also awarded at TIFF for those 50 years dedicated to film and theatre.
Pororoca won the Prize of the Romanian Film Days, for the feature film section. Those EUR 10,000 have been offered by Cinelabs Romania.
800 guests, spectators and journalists attended the gala closing the festival.