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Silent Voices, double awarded at Romanian International Film Festival

“Silent Voices”, “One War”, “My Letter to Pippa” and “The Way Up” are the great winners in the sixth edition of the Romanian International Film Festival (Ro-IFF), which ended on Sunday, a release by the organizers remitted, on Monday, to Agerpres informs. “Silent Voices”, signed by the French director Lea Fehner, won both the Festival’s Trophy and the Best Director Award in the “Women in Cinema” section.


The film tells the tale of two women and one man, three destinies which become intertwined in prison, in the visitors’ ward. Another best director award, in the CineBlackSea section, went to the Russian filmmaker Vera Glagoleva, for the production “One War”. The film unveils an unknown chapter in the history of World War II and the drama of a number of mothers exiled on a desert island in the Black Sea, collateral damages in the conflict. The winning documentaries of this edition were, in the CineBlackSea section, “My Letter to Pippa”, directed by Bingol Elmas (Turkey), and, in the “Women in Cinema” section, “The Way Up”, signed by Shirly Berkovitz (Israel).
“Balcony Boy”, directed by Pilar Palomero (Spain), won the Best short feature film award in the “Women in Cinema” section, while the Best Actor/Actress awards went to actress Guadelupe Alonzo, for her performance in “The Last Summer in La Boyita”, and to Bulgarian actor Hristo Hristov, for his part in “Eastern Plays”. The Excellency Award, celebrating one’s lifetime achievements in the film business, was bestowed to Oscar laureate Nicola Piovani.

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