Babyteeth, the coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by Australian Shannon Murphy, won the Transilvania trophy at this year's edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), held in Cluj-Napoca.
The film, awarded "for the joy of life told through the experience of our passage beyond," received a EUR 10,000 prize.
Babyteeth was screened in the opening of the 2019 Venice competition. For his role in the film, Toby Wallace received the Marcello Mastroianni Prize for the best young actor.
The jury of this year's official competition was made up of film producer Ada Solomon, director Adina Pintilie, writer Philip O'Ceallaigh, playwright Csaba Székely, and actor Hatházi András.
It awarded the Best Director Prize, amounting to EUR 3,500, ex-aequo to Tim Mielants for Patrick and Zheng Lu Xinyuan for The Cloud in Her Room. Tim Mielants's Patrick impressed the jury with a story that "managed to create a wonderful yet strange world with the most natural ease" and Zheng Lu Xinyuan's production as "this cinematic/ cinephile delight reveals a remarkable emerging talent to watch."
The Special Jury Award, amounting to EUR 1,500, went to Svetla Tsotsorkova's Sister, "a strange, surprising, comic tale in which a trail of lies leads to the truth." She was previously present in the TIFF competition with Thirst.
At the same time, actress Evgeniya Gromova, the star of Fidelity, received the Best Performance Award, worth EUR 1,000. The prize was awarded "for the incisive foray into the private life of a woman in crisis."
The FIPRESCI Prize, offered by the International Federation of Film Critics to a title in the Romanian Film Days section, went to Everything Will Not Be Fine, Adrian Pîrvu and Helena Maksyom's documentary road movie that follows the lives of young people affected by the Chernobyl disaster. Andrei Zincă's So, What's Freedom? received the Romanian Days Audience Award, worth EUR 1,500.
Radu Ciorniciuc's Acasă, My Home, a film previously awarded at Sundance, la DOK.fest Munchen and Krakow Film Festival, took home the Romanian Days Award for Best Feature Film. It received EUR 10,000 in film stock and production services offered by CineLabs Romania.
The Romanian Days Award for Best Debut, worth EUR 1,000, went to Dorian Boguță's Legacy, while a special mention went to Ivana Mladenović for Ivana the Terrible, "for bravely exposing a wounded soul in a charming, tender and uniquely personal way."
Sarra Tsorakidis's Kaïmós won the Romanian Days Award for Best Short Film, amounting to EUR 1,500 offered by UCIN and camera & electric & grip equipment services offered by CutareFilm, amounting to EUR 5,000. The jury also awarded two Special Mentions to Alina Șerban's Letter of Forgiveness and Radu Gaciu's Death and the Knight.
The prize of the local competition went to Farkas Boglarka Angela's What We Didn't Notice, while the special mention went to Maria Cinar-Jiga's In Between Worlds.
Journalist Alexandra Tănăsescu won the Alex. Leo Șerban Fellowship this year. The EUR 2,500 award offered in partnership with Conceptual Lab will support the development of the online portal Cultura la dubă. A Special Mention, worth EUR 500, went to film critic Victor Morozov for his volume Cross-border. Romanian Cinema in a Transnational Context. For his role in Monsters, actor Cristi Popa received the other special mention, valued at EUR 1,000.
The Transilvania Pitch Stop platform awarded the Eurimages Co-production Development Award, valued at EUR 20,000, to the project Kretsul, directed by Alexandra Likhacheva and produced by Anna Shalashina. Post-production services valued at EUR 25,000 and offered by Chainsaw Europe, went to the project Panopticon, directed by George Sikharulidze and produced by Vladimer Katcharava.
The Transilvania Pitch Stop Award, worth EUR 3,500, went to Blue Banks, directed by Andreea Cristina Borțun and produced by Gabriela Suciu-Pădurețu. At the same time, the Transilvania Pitch Stop Workshop offered the Transilvania Pitch Stop CoCo Award to the project Sep & Ana, directed by Paul Cioran and produced by Claudiu Mitcu.
The Young Francophone Jury Prize, offered by TV5 Monde, Institut Français, and RFI Romania, went to Adoration, Belgian director Fabrice du Welz's "asymmetrical, atypical love story."
At this year's edition of TIFF, Romanian actress Maria Ploae received the Excellence Award for her entire activity.
(Photo: Marius Maris/ courtesy of TIFF)