Our hearts were won by a film that finds the universal in a distinctive corner of the world, that connects the past and present and challenges the future.
For its rich simplicity, elegant editing and ability to bring us close to its characters with respect, humanity and quiet humour, our award goes to Changa Revisited by Peter Biella and Leonard Kamerling.
BEST CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY AWARD
The Dazzling Light of Sunset
For a film depicting the life of a community through the eyes of a very dedicated working television reporter. It is a film from a filmmaker who proposes a creative cinematographical aesthetic and offers beautiful image compositions. It is a film made with a very repectful and subtle approach to the characters. The jury recognises the directorial skills of a rising talent in documentary filmmaking and award The Dazzling Light of Sunset by Salome Jashi with the Prize for the Best Central and Eastearn European Documentary.
SPECIAL JURY MENTION
For a film that brings attention to a very urgent topic in today's world, that of migration. The characters seemingly caught in a strange country and waiting to cross the border are filmed in beautiful long takes. With a mix of reality and fiction and employing fluid editing the director is able to present an inovative piece of filmmaking in short running time.
The jury would like to give a special mention to Abdul and Hamza by Marko Grba Singh.
BEST ROMANIAN DOCUMENTARY AWARD
A Mere Breath
Prize for Best Film is awarded to a picture that delves deep into the moral and ethical challenges faced by a Romanian family. The expectations of a father who awaits a cure from God for the tragedy that blights his youngest daughter’s life provides the backdrop to the film. Through seven years we watch the transformations of family dynamics, framed with a formal control that speaks of real cinematic talent. The filmmaker’s dedication to her story and her engagement with the faith of her subjects won her the trust of the family and has created a truly affecting film. In the end, we live the tragedy of a man who is willing to surrender his family’s destiny into the hands of God but in doing so comes near to suffocating those around him. The Prize for Best Film in Romanian Section goes to A Mere Breath by Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan.
ROMANIAN DOCUMENTARY AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION
Prize for Best Direction goes to a film with an effective, economical and confident direction about a young Roma girl. The intimate relationship established with the main character allows us to experience the inner world of a self-assured, articulate woman who struggles to be entirely her own person while meeting the expectations of her community. We discover her problems step by step through the revelation of answers to a series of mysteries that the director establishes and then handles with true skill. The director avoids the traps of manipulation so characteristic of films about the Roma minority. We are happy to award this prize to Angela by Botond Püsök.
BEST DOCSCHOOL AWARD
1 Building and 40 People Dancing
In making this film, the author placed himself at an ideal distance from his characters, entering their privacy with deference. Through mature and assumed directorship, approach, characters, visual images and sound track converge into a whole, which represents the cinematic picture of the relationship lodger-lodging space. The Best Docschool Award goes to 1 Building and 40 People Dancing by Miki Polonski.
AWARD FOR ORIGINAL APPROACH IN A DOCSCHOOL FILM
While making use of props borrowed from the fantasy genre and employing a humorous tone, the filmmaker asks dead serious questions. The answers of the protagonists reveal a disturbing reality and raise new questions still about 'the other' and eventually about ourselves. For the ingenuity of the approach of a current global issue transposed to the micro level of a local community, the jury awards this prize to the film Those by Krizstina Meggyes.