Late last week, the sumptuous performance hall of the Royal Theatre in central Namur – capital of the International Francophone Film Festival – hosted the closing ceremony of the 27th edition of the festival. The emotion was rising, and we, Romanians had all the reasons to be thrilled given two Romanian films were selected, one – “Everybody in Our Family” (photo) by Radu Jude in the main competition, the other, Paul Negoescu’s “A Month in Thailand”, in the youth competition of the «Emile Cantillon» section. The short film “Horizon”, also directed by Paul Negoescu, made it into the international short film section. «Blu», a fiction film by Nicolae Constantin Tanase, was shown in the international short film section. The documentary “Our School”, as well as the Romanian-French co-production «Apres le silence, ce qui n’est pas dit n’existe pas?» were selected in the section «Glances at the Present».Romanian cinematography has been well represented at each edition of the festival, where it got some important prizes. This also happened this year, with “Everybody in Our Family” directed by Radu Jude was crowned with – «Bayard d’Or», the festival’s most important award. The Romanian film’s originality was the decisive factor that led the jury headed by Bruno Podalydes to choose it as winner of the “Bayard d’Or”, a competition quite fierce this year given the outstanding films by some major filmmakers of the moment from France, Switzerland, Quebec, Belgium, and a few African countries.The «Bayard d’Or» for best actor was handed down to Stefan Pavlu for his lead part in Radu Jude’s film. The actor plays the role of a 40-year-old divorced man who wants to tales his daughter with him on a short holiday trip at the seaside. Things unfold unexpectedly in an absurd universe, a well-articulated story and performance A number of 160 films were shown at this edition, and the number of viewers exceeded that last year, despite the Cameo, the main cinema theater in the city, being closed for refurbishment. The value of the awards came to 70,000 euro, of which nearly half (TV distribution, 10,000 euro, the Belgian distributor, 5,000, the Society of Belgian Audiovisual Authors, 5,000, export to other Francophone territories, 5,000 euro), went to the Romanian-Dutch co-production, which means a substantial help toward easing the Radu Jude’s film’s penetration of some major European and world cultural areas.
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