ARTS & LEISURE

New awards for the Romanian cinema

The film ‘Beyond the Hills’ directed by Cristian Mungiu, which received two awards at the Cannes Film Festival this year, also won the Grand Prix of the section ‘Filmmakers of Tomorrow – FEDEORA’ at the Film Festival of Haifa, Israel. The distinction was granted by a jury designated by the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean – FEDEORA. Director Cristian Mungiu met the Haifa public during the projection of his film. The prize adds to the series of awards won by the film, which includes the Best Screenplay, and the dual Best Actress prize granted at Canes to Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur. ‘Beyond the Hills’ was designated the best film during the festivals of Vukovar (Croatia) and Herceg Novi (Montenegro). “Beyond the Hills” already has distributors in over 35 countries. After preview runs in Vaslui and Campina at the end oc September, the film will reach Romanian cinemas on October 26. Another award-winning production is the short film ‘Superman, Spiderman or Batman,’ directed by Tudor Giurgiu, which reaped the gold medal at the 2012 edition of Manhattan Short, an event held on September 28 – October 7 in more than 250 towns from six continents. With an audience of over 100,000 spectators, the event featured 10 short movies and allowed the public to become the jury. ‘Superman, Spiderman or Batman’ received the gold medal of ‘Manhattan Short’ with 19,459 votes, almost 4,000 more than the Dutch film ‘A Curious Conjunction of Coincidences,’ which came second. ‘Superman, Spiderman or Batman’ also received a prize during the Kaliber 35 Munich International Film Festival and is nominated, along with 14 other European short films, for the European Film Academy Awards, which will be granted on December 1st in Malta.

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