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NAMUR 2012

Romania again stands out among FIFF winners

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- Radu Jude, Nabil Ayouch, Manuel Von Stürler, Nolwenn Lemesle, and Catherine Corsini have all been awarded at the 27th Namur Francophone Film Festival

Romania again stands out among FIFF winners

The 27th Namur International Francophone Film Festival ended on Friday, October 5, once again handing out its top award to a Romanian film. For several years now, the festival has been living a real love story with Romanian cinema. Not only have Romanian films regularly enriched the festival’s programme, but they have also often appeared in its list of winners. In 2005, the Bayard d’Or was awarded to Cristi Puiu’s The Death of Mr. Lazarescu [+see also:
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and Best Actress went to Luminta Gheorghiu in anticipation of Romanian cinema’s international breakthrough (and the Cannes Palme d’Or for Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days [+see also:
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). In 2006, the Jury’s Prize was awarded to Radu Muntean’s The Paper Will Be Blue. In 2007, the Bayard for Best Short Film went to Adrian Sitaru’s Waves (Valuri). In 2009, there was a special mention for Mélissa de Raaf and Razvan Radulescu’s First of All, Felicia [+see also:
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. Barely two years ago, Radu Muntean’s Tuesday, After Christmas [+see also:
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won the festival’s top prize as well as Best Actor for Mimi Branescu. The same pattern has been repeated this year, as the Grand Prix has been awarded to Radu Jude’s Everybody in our Family [+see also:
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, while the Bayard for Best Actor has rewarded the performance of its main actor Serban Pavlu.

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The following films also received awards. Swiss filmmaker Manuel Von Stürler’s documentary Hiver Nomade won Best Cinematography and Best Documentary, while Nabil Ayouch’s God’s Horses [+see also:
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(Morocco/ Belgium/ France) won the Jury’s Special Prize (with a special mention for its young actors’ exceptional performance) and the Junior Jury's Award. The Bayard d’Or for Best Screenplay was awarded to Catherine Corsini and Benoît Graffin for Three Worlds [+see also:
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, while the Bayard d’Or for Best First Film went to Nolwenn Lemesle’s Des morceaux de moi.

Belgian cinema also did well, with the BeTV awards (Vincent Lannoo’s Au nom du Fils [+see also:
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) and the Audience Award for Best Fiction handed out to Patrick Ridremont's very popular Dead Man Talking [+see also:
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(Translated from French)

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