FESTIVALS: The Citizen Wins Love Is Folly IFF


    VARNA: Hungarian film The Citizen, directed by Roland Vranik, was awarded Golden Aphrodite for best film at the 25th edition of the Love is Folly International Film Festival organised by the Congress and Festival Centre-Varna from 25 August to 3 September 2017.

    A total of 102 films were screened including 12 titles in the international feature film competition. The international jury was composed of Iglika Triffonova (Bulgaria, president), Kirill Razlogov (Russia), Igor Cobileanski (Moldova) Jesper Andersen (Denmark) and Csaba Fazekas (Hungary).

    For the first time Love is Folly introduced 10 films in the new competition programme Youth Cinema, Films For Young Adults accompanied by a Festival Film Academy, an educational project of the Congress and Festival Centre, related to the Varna - European Youth Capital 2017 programme.

    The festival opened with Karen Shakhnazarov’s Anna Karenina.Vronsky’s Story and wrapped with Pablo Larraín’s Jackie. This year the festival organised focuses on Hungary, Denmark, Russia and Indonesia.

    The culmination of the festival was the performance of emblematic film music masterpieces by the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra.

    International Jury Awards:

    Best Film:
    The Citizen (Hungary)
    Directed by Roland Vranik

    Special Jury Award:
    Solo, Solitude (Indonesia)
    Directed by Yosep Anggi Noen

    Best Actress:
    Rimma Zyubina for The Nest of The Turtledove (Ukraine)
    Directed by Taras Tkachenko

    Best Actor:
    İnanç Konukçu for Wedding Dance (Turkey)
    Directed by Çiğdem Sezgin

    Other awards:

    Union of the Bulgarian Filmmakers Award:
    Melancholy (Iran)
    Directed by Morteza Atashzamzam

    Bulgarian Film Critics’s Award:
    Reykjavík (Iceland)
    Directed by Ásgrímur Sverrisson

    Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication from the St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University Award:
    Wedding Dance (Turkey)
    Directed by Çiğdem Sezgin

    Audience award:
    Love and Other Catastrophes (Denmark)
    Directed by Sofie Stougaard

    Golden Aphrodite Life Achievement Award: Emilia Radeva