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December 9, 2022

Polish thriller wins Anonimul trophy

‘Zero’, directed by Pawel Borowski, has won the Anonimul Independent Film festival trophy, during a premiere evening which took place on August 14 in Sfantu Gheorghe, the Danube Delta. Zero is the story of 24 hours in the lives of a couple of characters who life stories intersect. The movie got 101 votes out of a total of 349 casted votes. Last year’s main award went to Romanian movie ‘Cealalta Irina’ (The other Irina) by Andrei Gruzniczki. The Romanian movie which was selected in the competition, ‘Caravana Cinematografica’ (Cinema Caravan), came out third.

The main award in the festival consists in USD 3,000, while the other awards, USD 1,000 each. The Anonimul Film Festival started out on August 9 and ended on Sunday, August 15. A selection of the best films shown in and out of competition will be presented in Bucharest as of today at the Peasant Museum Cinema.

The other awards offered at Anonimul Festival: The ‘Ovidiu Bose Pastina Award’ – Tixeon by Felipe Bustos Sierra, Best Animation – Amazonia by Sam Chen, Fiction Short Movie – I’ll be a Zorro Someday by Joel Olivier.

As for “Zero,” this marvellously inventive thriller scrambles its way through a densely packed twenty-four hours in an unnamed European metropolis, where the lives of more than forty characters fatefully intersect. A CEO, a hospital worker, a peddler, a gigolo, a duplicitous wife, a short-tempered taxi driver, and scores of others are introduced in absorbing mini-dramas; then, like relay runners, each hands the narrative on to the next, until one sprawling tale encompassing adultery, espionage, murder, child pornography, extortion, and robbery takes shape.

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