Romanian films triumph in Warsaw

The Warsaw Festival ended, on Saturday night, with Romania among the winners, thanks to feature film “Outbound”, Bogdan George Apetri’s debut, and to short feature “The Cage”, directed by Adrian Sitaru. Romania won five awards in the Polish capital.

After the world premiere in the Locarno Festival’s International Competition, which brought the female lead, Ana Ularu, the Swiss critics’ Best Female Performance award, “Outbound” collected the highest number of distinctions in the Warsaw main competition: the Special Jury Award and a Special Mention for Ana Ularu – from the International Competition Jury, the FIPRESCI Award (from the international film critics) and a Special Mention from the ecumenical jury.

The feature film competition jury motivated their decision to bestow their Special Award to the Romanian production based on its “truth, honesty, strength and integrity”. “Outbound”, a simple tale depicting 24 hours from the life of a former prostitute who takes advantage of an exemption from prison to try to flee the country with her son, also impressed the film critics’ (FIPRESCI) jury, comprising Marilena Iliesu (Romania), Aleksander Kwiatkowski (Poland) and Thomas Rothschild (Germa­ny). They awarded it the Best Eastern European Debut distinction. The short “The Cage”, made by Adrian Sitaru, after the latter’s feature film debut (“Angling”), which brought him the DAAD award in this year’s Berlin Film Festival, triumphed in the short feature film competition, where the jury, made out of Iza Plucinska (Poland), Yann Jouette (France) and Mateusz Rakowicz (Poland), appraised “the remarkable and unpretentious way in which it approached the story (…) the simple rendering, as well as the complex performances, which managed to create lifelike characters”. The record of the 26th edition of the Warsaw International Film Festival also includes the awards in the 1-2 Competition, the Free Sprit section and the documentaries’ competition.

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