FESTIVALS: Romania's Outbound Wins Vilnius Festival

By FNE Staff

    Outbound" (Periferic) by Romanian director Bogdan George Apetri was announced the winner of competition programme „New Europe - new names" at the closing ceremony of the 16th Vilnius international film festival held 31 March 2011 in Vilnius, Lithuania. A statue and monetary prize from Vilnius city was awarded to the film‘s associate producer Mihaela Popescu.

    The special mention was given to Turkish actor Bartu Kucukcaglayan for his role in film Majority (Cogunluk). A second special mention was given to the actors of the Slovak film The House, received by the director of the movie, Zuzana Liova.

    The jury was headed by director Milcho Manchevskij. The other members were: Nadya Turyncev, producer, Alante Kavaitė, director and script writer, Gary McVey, director of American cinema foundation and Fred Kelemen, director and cinematographer.

    The CICAE jury gave its prize, for the film best suited to screen in European independent cinemas, to On the path (Na putu) by Bosnian director Jasmila Zbanic. The award was received by Croatian actress Zrinka Cvitesic. The members of CICAE jury were Tejinder Jouhal from Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) London, Peter Muscatics, communication director of Hungary's film festival CineFest and Christopher Gatt, General Manager of St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Malta.

    The festival‘s audience award went to Canadian drama Incendies, by Denis Villeneuve. The film was so popular that even four additional screenings were sold out.

    For the first time this year the audience voted for the best Lithuanian movie. The award went to Knygnešys (Book Smuggler) by Jonas Trukanas.

    The best debut by a Lithuanian director was awarded for the second year. The award went to Mantas Kvedaravičius and his documentary Barzakh.