FESTIVALS: Deliver Us Wins 24th ASTRA Film Festival

The Dead Nation by Radu Jude The Dead Nation by Radu Jude

SIBIU: The Italian/French coproduction Deliver Us by Federica Di Giacomo was awarded best international documentary at the 24th ASTRA Film Festival (16-22 October 2017), the largest documentary festival in Romania and one of the most important film festivals in the region. Radu Jude's The Dead Nation won the Romanian competition.

Ten films competed in the Central & Eastern Europe competition programme, while 11 titles were selected for the Romanian competition. The festival also organised a student competition and a short film competition. Sidebar events included a focus on Norway and the children’s programme ASTRA Film Junior.

Six projects were pitched at the DocumentaryTank, and three of them received awards.

The feature film Rainbow Bubbles / Baloane de curcubeu by the Romanian director and DoP Iosif Demian had a special screening. The film was made in 1982, but it was subject to censorship and never had a proper premiere.

The festival is organised by ASTRA FILM – Centre for Documentary Film and Visual Education, Department the National Museum ASTRA in Sibiu and by the ASTRA FILM Foundation.


International Competition:

Best International Documentary
Deliver Us (Italy, France)
Directed by Federica Di Giacomo

Special Mention:
Another Year (China)
Directed by Shengze Zhu

Central and Eastern European Competition:

Best Central and Eastern European Documentary:
Communion (Poland)
Directed by Anna Zamecka
Produced by Otter Films
Coproduced by HBO Europe and Wajda Studio

Romanian Competition:

Best Romanian Documentary:
The Dead Nation / Tara moarta (Romania)
Directed by Radu Jude
Produced by HiFilm Productions

Best Research in a Documentary Award ex-aequo:
Shindy Music / Muzica de petrecere (Romania)
Directed by Andrei Nicolae Teodorescu
Phoenixxx (Romania)
Directed by Mihail Gavril Dragolea

DocSchool Competition:

Best Documentary:
Education (Poland)
Directed by Emi Buchwald

Best Director:
Pawel Ziemilski for Urban Cowboys (Poland)

Short Documentary Competition:

Best Short Documentary:
Homecoming (Israel)
Directed by Noam Sobovitz

Excellence Award:
Iosif Demian

DocumentaryTank Awards:

Romanian Docs in Progress Award (offered by HBO Europe):
Learning Teaching
Directed by Eliza Zdru
Produced by Saga Film

Romanian Docs in Progress Post-Production Award (offered by Cinelab Romania):
Directed by Alexandru Mavrodineanu
Produced by Hai-Hui Entertainment
Coproduced by Alma Film

Doc Outlook Visions du Reel Award:
The Chalice
Directed by Catalin Musat