Astra Film Festival 2020 Open Air Awards
BEST FILM IN THE ROMANIAN COMPETITION
Ellen Fiske, Joanna Karlberg • Sweden • 2019 • 77′
Depicting the parallel journeys of maturity and commitment, Josefin & Florin welcomes viewers into a life equal parts honest and vulnerable. In the protagonists’ commitment to seeking a simple life with each other, the unlikely couple represents both a universal coming of age story, as well as a glimpse into a thoroughly modern relationship.
BEST FILM IN THE ROMANIAN COMPETITION - SPECIAL MENTION
Pavel Cuzuioc • Austria • 2020 • 86′
This anthropological journey through a region presents a diverse snapshot of current society - one where like-minded habits and interests juxtapose with the devaluation of human communication
BEST DIRECTIONG IN THE ROMANIAN COMPETITION
Adrian Pirvu, Helena Maksyom • Romania, Ukraine • 2020 • 97′
Both craft and expert use of minimal means shine through this daring perspective on life. As we follow the protagonists’ fight for day to day ‘normality’, we are captivated by how unobtrusively they invite us on a remarkable sensorial journey, teaching the audience how not to take their senses for granted
Andrei Dăscălescu • Romania • 2020 • 85′
The filmmaker, Andrei, and his girlfriend, Paula, face the news of becoming parents. While the future mother is struggling with no worthy role models in her broken family, the soon-to-be father must come to terms with his own, long-lost father, now a monk on Mount Athos. Andrei’s visits to the monastery seek to solve the mystery of his father’s leaving the family when Andrei was only six. Could this be the key to learning how to become the father he never had?