Who is the big winner of this year’s TIFF

The most important film festival in Romania, TIFF, has reached its last day. The winners were announced at last night’s gala in Unirii Square.

The film Casa noastră/ Utama, director Alejandro Loayza Grisi’s debut, was named this year’s big winner and awarded the €10,000 Transylvania Trophy. The Bolivian production also won over the TIFF audience, and was also awarded the Audience Award of €2,000 by MasterCard, as voted by the filmgoers at the festival.

A moving story about a couple of llama farmers facing drought, Our House/ Utama stood out for its “simple, clean and poetic cinematic approach”. At the event, he took the stage to collect the Transylvania Trophy, presented by Icelandic actress Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, member of the Jury of the Official Competition, together with director Bogdan George Apetri, producer Gülin ÜstÜn, director Srdan Golubović and Carlos Rodríguez Ríos, Director of the Barcelona Auteur Film Festival.

The €3,500 prize for best direction went to filmmaker Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, awarded for the “credible, original and brilliant universe” he has created in Beautiful Beings. For their exceptional roles in The Night Belongs to Lovers, actors Laura Müller and Schemci Lauth, were awarded the Best Performance Award of €1,000 by Conceptual Lab by Theo Nissim.

A film that starts from a concrete and natural slice of life and turns into a subtle and profound vision of existence, Feature Film About Life (d. Dovile Sarutyte) was awarded the Special Jury Prize of 1,500 euros by Cemacon. A Special Mention was awarded to actress Eszter Csonka for her role in the film Tandrețe/ Gentle (dir. Laszlo Csuja, Anna Nemes).

The gala, presented by festival president Tudor Giurgiu and journalist Amalia Enache, was streamed live on the festival’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, giving film lovers everywhere the chance to enjoy the evening’s surprises from afar. Together with the more than 2000 spectators present at the event, they enjoyed two special live musical moments by The Mono Jacks and Mihail, and admired the red carpet appearances of the guests. Among them were actors Marius Manole, Mălina Manovici, Adrian Titieni, Emanuel Pârvu, producers Ada Solomon and Claudiu Mitcu, or TV stars Andi Moisescu, Andreea Esca and Pavel Bartoș. David Popovici, the Romanian swimmer who recently arrived from the World Swimming Championships with gold medals in the 100 and 200 metres freestyle, surprised those present with a video message of thanks to his supporters in Cluj-Napoca.

A very special moment was the speech of actress Maia Morgenstern, winner of the Mercedes-Benz Excellence Award: “This moment of homage moves me very deeply, sincerely. It is a moment of evaluation. When you ask yourself, what did you have to give up? And I’m deeply grateful to TIFF and everyone who made this moment possible. I’m grateful to each and every one of you!” said the actress who has dedicated more than four decades of her life to the stage and big screen.

Miracol, the second feature film directed by Bogdan George Apetri, won the Romanian Days Award for the Feature Film section, worth 10,000 euros (consisting of film reels and post-production services), offered by Cinelab Romania. The Romanian Film Days Award for Debut, worth €1,000, offered by Banca Transilvania, was awarded to Alina Grigore, author of Crai Nou, awarded the Grand Prize at San Sebastián 2021.

The ZFR Jury also awarded a Special Mention to the film Om-Câine, directed by Ștefan Constantinescu. The most voted local film at this edition, Victor Canache’s debut, Capra cu tre iezi, was awarded the Audience Award for the most popular Romanian film, worth €1,500, presented by Dacin Sara and presented on stage by Mircea Geoană, NATO Deputy Secretary General.

 

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