Crime Thriller ‘Dogs’ Takes Top Prize at Transilvania Film Fest


The writer and a co-director of HBO’s hit Romanian gangster series Umbre (Shadow), Bogdan Mirica, has won the main award at Romania’s top film festival the Transilvania IFF for his debut feature, Dogs (Caini), which picked up a FIPRESCI prize last month when it screened in Cannes sidebar Un Certain Regard, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Mirica’s Transilvania Trophy for Dogs – a thriller about a young city man who travels to the country to sell the land inherited from his grandfather only find himself caught up in a local mob war – came with a 15,000 Euro ($17,000) cash prize.

Best director went to Israeli Avishai Sivan for spiritual drama Tikkun and there was a special jury award for Icelandic director Runar Runarsson for father and son drama Sparrows.

The festival, which closed late Saturday with special lifetime achievement awards for Sophie Loren and Mad Max: Fury Road producer Iain Smith, was also the venue for the announcement of plans to introduce tax incentives in Romania, to bring it in line with other European countries and the local premiere for another Romanian Cannes title, Cristi Puiu’s Sieranevada.



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