© Oliver Dietze
VANATOARE (Director: Alexandra Balteanu, Screenplay: Xandra Popescu, Cinematography: Matan Radin, Production: Stanislav Danylyshyn) has won the Ecumenical Jury Award and the Film Prize of the Minister President of the Saarland in the category Best Director at the 38th Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival!
The Film Prize of the Minister President of the Saarland is awarded for an outstanding directorial achievement in the Feature Film Competition and is endowed with 5,500 Euro. The prize is supplemented by distribution funding to the tune of 5,500 Euro.
A snippet from the jury statement:
“The direction is honest, precise, dramatic, funny and strikingly credible. The camera follows the protagonists through snapshots of their lives (…)”
The INTERFILM und SIGNIS Ecumenical Jury Award is endowed with 2,500 Euro and is awarded jointly by two Saarland-based Catholic and Protestant organisations promoting adult education (Katholische Erwachsenenbildung Saarland-Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft e.V. and Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft für Evangelische Erwachsenenbildung im Saarland e.V., represented by the Evangelische Akademie im Saarland.)
An excerpt from the jury statement:
“There are plenty of things about this film that don’t give viewers an easy ride: many dialogues (sometimes in a foreign language), many scenes shot with a hand-held camera, concentrating doggedly and at length on the events unfolding, refined sound design(…)“