Corneliu Porumboiu’s Un Certain Regard title Police, Adjective shared top honours with Rune Denstad Langlo’s Berlinale title North at the 8th Transilvania International Film Festival.
It is the first time that two films have shared the festival’s grand prize.
Porumboiu took home the Transilvania Trophy for the second time after winning the award in 2006 with his feature debut 12:08 East Of Bucharest. The award is given only to first and second-time directors. North’s DOP Philip Øgaard also received the festival award for best cinematography.
The international jury presented the best directing award to Barmak Akram for his film Kabuli Kid. Esther Rots’ feature Can Go Through Skin received the FIPRESCI Award.
In the Romanian Days competition, Andrei Gruszniczki’s The Other Irene was named best Romanian feature, beating out Cristian Mungiu’s portmanteau film Tales From The Golden Age, which received a special mention. Andrei Dascalescu won the best debut award for his feature documentary, Constantin And Elena.
The entire cast of Sebastian Silva’s film The Maid (La Nana) shared the best performance award. Uberto Pasolini’s Machan received the Audience Award.
The lifetime achievement award went to Israeli film-maker Menahem Golan; Romanian director Dan Pita and actor Florin Piersic, who spent half an hour graciously accepting his award and bringing the house down with his onstage wooing of fellow laureate, Italian actress Claudia Cardinale.