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March 2, 2021

“Rock the Casbah” gets Cinepolitica Trophy

The closing gala hosted by Copel Moscu, the festival director, was followed by the premiere of Robert Redford’s latest film, “The Company You Keep”.

The Cinepolitica Trophy went to “Rock the Casbah”, an Israeli-French coproduction directed by Yariv Horowitz, a film about some young soldiers trying to get some footing amid the surrounding chaos in the occupied territories 1989. The festival jury praised the “realistic presentation of Israeli-Palestinian relations in the Gaza Strip, outlining the dramatism of some individual and collective attitude, as well as the absurdity of the conflicts in the territory “. ‘Camp 14: Total Control Zone’ (Germania/South Korea), directed by Marc Wiese, an amazing  documentary about a young man born and raised in a political prison camp in North Korea, was chosen best political film. The distinction was awarded for the “realism and patience with which it enters the mental universe of a young man born in a North-Korean camp”. “The Gatekeepers” (Israel/ France/ Germany/ Belgium), documentary directed by Dror Moreh got a special mention “for its absolutely special testimonies about the fight against terrorism,” the jury said. An Oscar 2013 nominee, the documentary brings before the camera for the first time six of the leaders of Shin Bet, The Israeli internal security agency, which make unprecedented confessions about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Cinepolitica Jury was made up of Artan Minarolli, director of the Albanian National Center of Cinematography, Dieter Wieczorek, film critic and artistic director of Signes de Nuit: Festival of Audiovisual and Cinematographic Creation and Documentary Art, Massimiliano Nardulli, artistic director of Brest European Short Film Festival, Vintila Mihailescu, anthropologist and professor at the National School for Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA), Bogdan Teodorescu, professor of political and electoral marketing at SNSPA, member of the International Association of Political Consultants, and Academician Razvan Theodorescu. For six days, at Cinema Studio and Cinema Elvira Popescu, Cinepolitica brought some of the highest praised recent political films for the first time in Romania, generated debates and talks on such issues as papacy or propaganda and manipulation in Romanian films.

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