Bucharest IFF top prize goes to Tyrannosaur
by Stefan Dobroiu
26/03/2012 - Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur [trailer] (UK) received the Best Film award of the Bucharest IFF's eighth edition.The film also won the Critics' Award, hailed as "a devastating urban drama about domestic violence and redemption”.
The Best Director award went to Radu Jude for his second feature, Everybody in Our Family [trailer, film focus], which also received the Audience Award. The film will be released domestically on April 6. Best Screenplay award went to Vincent Garenq's Guilty [trailer] (France), while the film's main actor Philippe Torreton received a Special Mention.
Submarine [trailer] (UK), Richard Ayoade's first feature, received the Best Cinematography Award. Romanian actress Irina Petrescu and British producer Jan Harlan received Excellency Awards. The jury, headed by Jan Harlan comprised in Karin Hoffinger, head of the Berlinale's International Relations department, Fernanda Silva, director of the Festroia film festival, Hungary's director-producer Ferenc Moldovanyi, and Variety and Cineuropa film critic Boyd van Hoeij.
Bucharest IFF is only one of numerous film-related events organized in Bucharest this spring. One World Romania, a human-rights documentaries festival, screened a generous selection during the third week of March. The French Institute of Bucharest organizes the French-speaking film festival (it started on Friday), screening dozens of new features and including a retrospective of the Dardenne brothers in its programme. On March 28, the sixth edition of Next International Film Festival, Romania's most important short film fest, will begin.