The Bucharest International Film Festival wrapped up Sunday, with “Blancanieves”, directed by Spaniard Pablo Berger, winning the festival trophy. The jury motivated its decision: “The award is given for the successful combination between its fully imaginative homage to silent cinema and the poetic updating of a famous children’s fairytale “.The Best director Award went to Amir Manor, for “Epilogue”, “a heartbreaking portrait of the twilight of a life full of disappointments”. Briton Ben Wheatley’s “Sightseers” got the Best Screenplay Award, “for the sardonic and very original way of looking at a certain aspect of British mentality”. “Love Building”, Iulia Rugina’s feature film directorial debut, took home the Public’s Choice Award and a special mention from the official jury “for the energy and enthusiasm of the young crew that worked on it”. The Critics’ Choice Award was given to French-Canadian co-production “Wrong”, directed by Quentin Dupieux, “ pure cinema, despite the author’ not being a director in the making, but a DJ with a vision”.
Directors Elisabeta Bostan and Amos Gitai received excellence awards for their outstanding contribution to the “Seventh Art”.The jury was made up of Grazia Volpi, producer of “Cesare deve morire”, Horia Laptes, cinematography director, Dragan Marinkovic, organizer of the Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival, Andre Ceuterick, director of the Mons International Romantic Film Festival, and reputed film critic Dan Fainaru (chairman).The Bucharest International Film Festival, now in its 9th year, is Bucharest’s oldest festival of its kind. The festival, April 15-21, was organized by the Charta Cultural Foundation and support from the National Center of Cinematography (CNC).