Movie “My Name is Salt,” winner of grand prize of third Pelicam festival


The third edition of the Pelicam festival which started on Friday concluded on Sunday night with a concert of Subcarpati band that gathered a large number of Tulcea inhabitants in the Civic Square.

The movie “My Name is Salt,” a Switzerland-India coproduction of 2013 which tells the story of thousands of families in India who live off the salt they collect in the desert, is the winner of the grand prize of the third edition of the International Film Festival about Environment and People, Pelicam. According to a press release quoted by Mediafax, the movie won a prize about EUR 1,000 awarded by Tulcea Mayoralty.

At the short-film category, the jury decided that the movie “Santra and the Talking Trees” deserves the first position. The movie is a Finland production of 2013 about the difficulty and the beauty to find you own home. The movie combines animation and archive images in a cinema poem which provides a special ethnographic adventure. The prize is EUR 500 provided by the Cultural Cinematography Center.

Fresh Perspectives was the category with young people in Tulcea in the jury, coordinated by geologist Georgeta Ionescu. They decided that the movie “When You’ve Gone, I’ll Still be There” should be the winner. The movie directed by Carl A. Fechner tells the story of three kids who fight for a better world. The prize was EUR 500 provided by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund.

The winner at the Black Sea Docs category was the movie “Pipeline,” a German-Czech co-production that explores the ties between people who live along a gas pipeline starting from western Siberia and reaching Germany. The prize was post-production services worth EUR 3,000. The winning movie is also Pelicam proposal for Green Film Network Award 2015, meaning it will screen in almost 25 states in the world.

Pelicam brought to Tulcea for the third year in a row more than 30 movies in national premiere, awarded international filmmakers, environment protection organizations and stirred a higher interest among Tulcea citizens than last year.

“Pelicam is important for the city as people in Romania forgot to go to the movies at the cinema. The educational aspect is also vital as things will settle and improve. I do not believe there is a documentary or a fiction movie that does not touch this issue, the environment, the world, the Cosmos. I loved the movies, I was comfortable with the selection as a spectator. I have never been to an environment film festival before. I do not believe fully in this division, but it might be necessary if there are no festivals of such genre, as they might not get the chance to reach the public. I am impressed. I hope it will become a festival to attract the entire Dobrogea and Romania,” said filmmaker Cristi Puiu, president of the jury.