The award for Best Film, Romania Competition section, went to the production of “Josefin & Florin” (Ellen Fiske, Joanna Karlberg – Sweden, 2019).
In the same category, the Jury also awarded a Special Mention to the film “Wait for the operator’s answer” (Pavel Cuzuioc, Austria, 2020).
The Prize for Directing, Romania Competition section, was awarded by Adrian Pîrvu and Helena Maksyom (“Everything will not be fine”, Romania Ukraine 2020), and Andrei Dăscălescu (“Our Father”) won the Audience Award.
The Astra Film International Festival has been awarded the High Patronage of the Presidential Administration this year as well. The event took place in the presence of the Minister of Culture, Bogdan Gheorghiu.
The Awards Gala took place on the spectacular Lake Stage in the Astra Museum, where the AFF waves, which carried the spectators, at the beginning of the festival, to film screenings of boats floating on the lake, returned to shore, symbolically, to the music of Adrian Naidin. The jury of the Festival was composed of Oana Giurgiu, Ştefan Dobroiu and Steve Rickinson, and the spectators chose the winner of the Audience Award.
After the Awards Gala, over 400 medical staff from Sibiu participated in a special screening of the film “Transalpina, the Road of the Kings”, by Dumitru Budrala, which was dedicated by Astra Film Festival 2020, as a sign of gratitude and appreciation for those at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19.
“Representing in parallel the path to maturity and the path to taking on a life together, the film Josefin & Florin introduces its viewers to a world that is equally honest and vulnerable. In an attempt to build a simple life together, this improbable couple illustrates the universal story of maturation and, at the same time, makes us witness a relationship as modern as possible “, it is shown in the jury’s motivation.
“We are very happy to have received this award. Not only because it is our first international recognition, but also because we love Romania “, was the message sent via Skype by the Swedish directors Ellen Fiske and Joanna Karlberg.
“An anthropological journey that results in a variety of snapshots of today’s society – one in which habits and interests that we all share are presented against the contrasting background of the depreciation of communication between people”, is the jury’s motivation for awarding a Special Mention in the category The best film in the Romania Competition section. Laureate, the film “Wait for the operator’s answer” (Pavel Cuzuioc, Austria – 2020).
“I am glad that the film was selected and screened at the Astra Film Festival, I am sorry that I could not get to Sibiu, and now I am glad that the film received a special mention from the jury. Any award means a motivation and a confirmation “, said the director Pavel Cuzuioc in a recording projected on the screen located on Scena Lac.
Adrian Pîrvu and Helena Maksyom made a travel film (“Everything will not be fine” – Romania, Ukraine, 2020), “a bold perspective on life, which the author realizes by skillfully using minimalist means”, as it shows jury. The project of this film was part of a program developed at the Astra Film Festival in 2017.
“It is said that without creation there is no progress. We will strive to create something new and to meet, perhaps, at the Astra Film Festival, at a future edition, to check together if we have made progress “, the two filmmakers said in a video message. They also confessed that they would have liked to be in Sibiu, to be able to see with their own eyes the reaction of the public.
The audience voted for an emotional film, which tried to answer the question “How do you prepare to be a good father if you didn’t have one?”. The film “Our Father” (2020, Romania), directed by Andrei Dăscălescu, is about a future father who goes to look for his estranged father and in the meantime became a monk on Mount Athos.
“As far as I’m concerned, I think a lot about the public when I’m working on a film, and the fact that I receive the Audience Award is the biggest distinction for me,” said director Andrei Dăscălescu.
The motivation of the Jury for the prizes awarded, here: https://www.astrafilm.ro/premiile-astra-film-festival-open-air-2020/
Dumitru Budrala: “For me, this place is the center of the world”
The 27th edition of the Astra Film Festival took place in special conditions this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why the organizers had to reinvent and offer the public a memorable experience, appreciated by spectators and festival guests. . Everything was possible thanks to a high-class selection of films (50 films out of 3,000 proposed were selected) and the passion with which the festival was organized.
Astra Film Festival took place in compliance with all the rules imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, in 8 locations: Scena Lac, Country Fair, Between the Windmills, the Game Pavilion, the Digital Amphitheater and the old houses (all inside the Dumbrava Forest – Astra Museum), respectively at the Flower Terrace – “Ion Besoiu” Cultural Center and in the Small Square in the historical center of Sibiu.
During the Awards Gala, Astra Film Festival received the High Patronage of the President of Romania, which was handed by Presidential Adviser Sergiu Nistor: “The President appreciates that this festival is a continuous fight against the pandemic of alienation and lack of solidarity. The fact that this festival exists gives us hope. We wish you the energy you need for next year’s edition, “said the presidential adviser.
Also, the founding director of Astra Film Festival, Dumitru Budrala, received the distinction of Honorary Citizen of Sibiu, a distinction that was handed by Mrs. Christine Manta-Klemens.
“I am grateful for the distinctions and appreciations. After 27 years, the Astra Film Festival has become a natural thing. For me, this place is the center of the world “, confessed Dumitru Budrala, the founding director of the festival.
The Minister of Culture was also present at the event.
“Sibiu has long understood the importance of cultural life for a city, and the Astra Film Festival is a cultural event with a great tradition, which began in 1993, and which is becoming more and more prestigious every year. international plan “, said Bogdan Gheorghiu, Minister of Culture.
“What Astra Film Festival has done this year is the largest cultural program ever held at our museum,” added Ciprian Stefan, director of the Astra Museum.