TIMIȘOARA: Romanian minority coproduction Donbass directed by Sergei Loznitsa was awarded the Grand Prix of the 9th edition of the Timișoara Central European Film Festival, running from 28 August to 1 September 2019.
The theme of the edition was rEvolutions as the festival celebrated 30 years since the fall of the Iron Curtain and since the Romanian Revolution.
The festival was organised by the EuroFest Association with the support of the Timișoara City Hall, the Romanian Film Centre, the Ministry of Culture and National Identity and the Romanian Filmmakers Union (UCIN).
The festival was initiated by the film director Radu Gabrea, who passed away in 2017, and is now headed by his wife, the actress Victoria Cociaș. The first six editions took place in the town of Mediaș until 2017, when the festival moved to Timișoara.
Full List of Winners:
Grand Prix CEFFTM 2019: Donbass (Germany, France, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Romania) Directed by Sergei Loznitsa Produced by Ma.ja.de. Fiction Coproduced by Arthouse Traffic, JBA Production, Graniet Film, Wild at Art, Digital Cube Associate producer: Atoms & Void Supported by Eurimages, the French CNC’s World Cinema Support
Best Director: Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun for The Announcement / Anons (Turkey, Bulgaria) Produced by Filmotto Coproduced by Chouchkov Brothers, BKM Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center
Special Prize for Best Acting: Helena Maria Reisner for The Little Comrade / Seltsimees laps (Estonia) Directed by Moonika Siimets Produced by Amrion Supported by the Estonian Film Institute, Creative Europe MEDIA
Best Actor: Viktor Zavadil for Jan Palach (Czech Republic, Slovakia) Directed by Robert Sedláček Produced by Cineart TV Prague Coproduced by the Czech Television, Arina, RTVS, Up&Up production Supported by the Czech Film Fund, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, the Prague Film Fund, the Ministry of Defence, the City of Prague, the City of Pardubice
Best Actress: Snezana Bogdanoviḉ for Stitches/ Savovi (Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia) Directed by Miroslav Terzić Produced by West End Production Coproduced by Nora Production Group, Spiritus Movens, SCCA/PRO.BA Supported by Film Center Serbia, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the Sarajevo Film Fund, the Slovenian Film Centre
Best Cinematographer: Marius Panduru for I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians / Îmi este indiferent dacă în istorie vom intra ca barbari (Romania, Czech Republic, France, Bulgaria, Germany) Directed by Radu Jude Produced by Hi Film Productions Coproduced by endorfilm, Les Films d‘Ici, Klas Film, Komplizen Film, ZFD/Arte, TVR Supported by the Romanian Film Centre, the Czech Film Fund, the Bulgarian National Film Center
„Radu Gabrea” Award for Best Student Film:How To Fly A Kite? / Cum înalți un zmeu (Romania)Directed by Loránd Gábor