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CLUJ, Romania–Alejandro Landes’ “Monos,” a survival thriller about a group of rebels set deep in the jungles of Colombia, won the top prize at the Transilvanian Intl. Film Festival on Saturday, with the jury praising the Sundance player “for its hypnotic power through its minimalist storytelling, committed cast, and unsentimental portrait of young people with guns.”
After a week of heavy rains in Cluj that swept across the cobbled streets of its historic city center and disrupted countless open-air screenings, a palpable air of relief seemed to settle over the red carpet Saturday evening, as guests climbed the steps of the National Theater at twilight accompanied by the strains of a string quartet.
Week - Screenings - Festival - Tradition - Envelope
Looking back at a week of screenings that continued the festival’s tradition of pushing the envelope with bold and provocative programming, TIFF artistic director Mihai Chirilov described from the podium the “experiment” behind the official selection for the festival’s 18th edition.
“I wanted to have an experiment. I think it was a good experience and a good experiment,” he said. “There were 12 movies from very different backgrounds. What are we talking about when we are not talking about politics? Sometimes we need to remember other things, like cinema. We have 12 films without politics, but with human relationships, that were very strong cinematic films.”
Award - Director - Denmark - May - El-Toukhy
The award for best director went to Denmark’s May el-Toukhy for “Queen of Hearts,” a riveting drama about a married woman who initiates a reckless affair with her troubled teenage stepson. The jury special prize went to “A Faithful Man,” Louis Garrel’s lighthearted drama about a Parisian journalist (played by Garrel) who gets entangled in a messy love triangle after setting off to win back his ex-girlfriend.
One year after Hlynur Palmason walked off with the director prize in Transilvania for “Winter Brothers,” leading man Ingvar Sigurosson...
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