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Two Romanian films received awards at the weekend, both in Romania and abroad. “A month in Thailand”, the feature film debut of director Paul Negoescu, got the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award at the de la Sofia International Film Festival. At its 17th edition, the festival, March 7 – 17th, is one of the highest regarded film festivals in Europe. Over 200 films – feature films, shorts and documentaries – were screened during the 10-day event.
Among the special guests, director Costa-Gavras and the famous brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. Several Romanian films were shown at this year’s festival, among them Cristian Mungiu’s “Beyond the Hills” in the Cinema Today – Masters Program. “A month in Thailand”, Paul Negoescu, was among the entries in the official competition, and Tudor Giurgiu’s “Of Men and Snails” and Radu Jude’s “Everybody in our family” were included in the Balkan competition. The Radu Jude-directed film was also presented in the Grand Prizes section. “A month in Thailand” tells the story of Radu (Andrei Mateiu), who on New Year’s Eve night discovers he is unhappy about his sentimental life and decides to part ways with his girlfriend, Adina (Ioana Anastasia Anton). The cast includes Tudor Aaron Istodor, Raluca Aprodu, Victoria Raileanu, Ionut Grama, Sabina Posea, Bogdan Cotlet, Stefan Munteanu and Simona Ghita.