FESTIVALS: Donbass Wins 9th Timisoara Central European FF


    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 TelevisionArinaRTVSUp&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