Transylvania Film Festival 2015: The Transylvania Trophy Goes THE FIRE, Audience Award to RAMS
Rapidly growing and from year to year enforcing its status as Romania's biggest film gathering, the Transylvania Film Festival, has successfully wrapped its 14th edition. Held in the second most populous city after Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, the festival expanded into a cinematic event of major magnitude with large body of programming and directly contributing to cultivation, support and development of domestic industry with plethora of initiatives.
This year´s edition boasted 223 films from 60 countries in 20 separate sections. The panorama of recent cinematic gems from world cinema, Supernova, screened Andersson´s latest, Golden Lion awarded, bleak existential comedy A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, along Serbian harsh coming-of-age drama No One´s Child, Slovakian award-festooned unusual road docudrama on aging boxer returning to the ring to provide for family Koza, last year´s celebrated Czech drama about the struggle to reverse the unflattering fate because of racial prejudices The Way Out or Ukrainian miracle film, The Tribe.
Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, the director of The Tribe, proved that words are indeed unnecessary in film medium, a fact that was contemplated in special section Word Are Very Unnecessary with an array of inventive and inspiring films among which was last year´s Karlovy Vary big winner, the contemplative minimalistic drama The Corn Island, Rotterdam-premiered dark comedy with touches of absurd, Parabellum. Plucked also from Rotterdam, Ruined Heart - Another Love Story Between a Criminal & a Whore by the pioneer of digital cinema seconds the absence of words. Khavn de la Cruz proved to be a visual treat hypnotically lensed by master of camera, Christopher Doyle. Labeled as "punk noir opera by Khavn", the director picked the cues from a formula in the film´s title to create a dreamy cinematic poem sticking to his trademark poetics.
The competition section aimed at debuts and sophomore features presented "intimate films and those productions that resort, in an intelligent and surprising manner, to the conventions of genre cinema" as the artistic director Mihai Chirilov described the competing titles, "there are films with only two or three characters, films whose story rarely leaves the four walls of a room, films whose tense action scenes are more efficient than any Hollywood blockbuster" he adds. At 13th edition, the festival honored the 80s icon Debra Winger and this year´s Special Award for the Contribution to the World Cinema was handed to 70s sex symbol, Nastassja Kinski.
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