Director Radu Jude received the Silver Bear for “Aferim!”, at the Berlinale 2015 Film Festival, on Saturday evening.
“If I knew I would win such a prize, I would have been more serious when shooting it,” Radu Jude said on the Berlinale stage.
The Romanian film director underlined that the prize belongs to the entire team he has worked with in this project and that he wished the Romanian authorities supported more the Romanian quality film in the future.
Regarded as one of the amplest Romanian cinema projects in the past years, Aferim! directed by Radu Jude is a historical film whose action is placed in the dawn of 19th century’s Wallachia. The main character, a state tax collector employee (zapciu), played by Teodor Corban, accompanied by his son (Mihai Comanoiu), is searching for a fugitive gypsy slave (Cuzin Toma).
Aferim! is a Hi Film production, made in co-production with Klas Film Bulgaria, Endorfilm Czech Republic, Mulberry Development Romania, with the participation of Nu Boyana Film Studios, U-Films, Production XMG Media, Abis Studio, Division Camera, in association with EZ Films and the participation of HBO Romania.
The film was financed by the Romanian National Centre of Cinematography, the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Czech Cinematography Fund, the MEDIA Programme with the European Union and supported by Eurimages – the Council of Europe’s fund allotted to cinematography.
Radu Jude is the director of the short films Lampa cu caciula (Lamp with a Hat), Alexandra, O umbra de nor (Shadow of a Cloud), Trece si prin perete, some films which won several awards. His debut feature, Cea mai fericita fata din lume (Happiest girl in the world) was awarded the CICAE Prize of the Berlin Film Festival, the FIRESCI Award at the Sofia Film Festival, the prize for the best script at B-EST International Film Festival and the FIPRESCI Award at IndieLisboa.
Romania could be promoted also through cultural products made with artistic intention
Romania could be promoted also through cultural products made with artistic intention, on Sunday told Agerpres, film director Radu Jude, fresh winner of a Silver Bear at the Berlinale 2015, on Saturday night, for his most recent feature Aferim! for Best Director.
Radu Jude said it is important for the Romanian cinema that the bodies dealing with this sector, namely the National Centre of Cinematography, the Culture Ministry, the Romanian Cultural Institute, to support the art film.
“For the Romanian cinema I hope it means what I’ve said at the Berlin awarding ceremony, namely that is very, very important that the National Centre of Cinematography, the Culture Ministry, the Romanian Culture Institute, all the bodies which could have a word as regards the cinema to support what we all conventionally call the art film, the author film, and not the social, of lesser importance products. I believe this is the most important thing, namely that Romania could be also promoted by cultural products which are made with artistic intention,” said Radu Jude.
The film director confessed that he expects that his movie to be in cinemas with March 13, to be a box-office success.
“We hope in a greater number of moviegoers since this feature poses some significant issues for the Romanian society and I wish the spectators will think of them with much appropriation and interest after seeing it,” Radu Jude specified.
The director also said that this prize, the Silver Bear will be for him personally easier way to getting financing for his next project, an adaptation of the Scarred Hearts (Inimi cicatrizate) of Romanian-born writer Max Blecher.