‘My Happy Family’ and ‘God’s Own Country’ triumph at Transilvania

tiffNana & Simon’s (Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross) My Happy Family was the big winner this weekend at the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) in Romania’s Cluj, clinching the $16,822 (€15,000) Transilvania Trophy, says ScreenDaily.com.

In addition, the film’s lead actress Ia Shugliashvili was presented with the best performance award for her first acting role as a woman giving her life a radical change on her 52nd birthday.

The competition jury, which included producers Andras Muhi and Elizabeth Karlsen and film critic Geoff Andrew, presented the best directing award to Icelandic film-maker Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson for his debut Heartstone which was also voted by the festival-goers as the winner of this year’s Audience Award.

The jury gave its special jury award to UK film-maker Francis Lee’s debut God’s Own Country (pictured) and made a special mention of Glory, the second feature by the Bulgarian co-directing team of Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov.

Meanwhile, the FIPRESCI Prize for a film in the Alt.Rom.Com sidebar went to Stergios Paschos’ Afterlov.


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