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Activities - 09/06/2009


Two Label winners honoured at the Transilvania International film Festival


North and Machan received respectively the prize for Best Film (ex-aequo) and the Audience Award at the Transylvania International Film Festival, which took place at Cluj-Napoca from 29 May to 7 June. Time to look back on the careers in European cinemas of the most recent films to win the Label, a prize awarded by juries comprising network exhibitors.____________________________________


North and Machan were singled out in this international competition whose quality testifies to the festival's importance as a first-rate meeting place for European professionals interested in Romania, and more generally in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

North, the first feature by Norwegian director Rune Denstad Langlo, won the prize for Best Film ex-aequo with Police Adjective by the Romanian Corneliu Porumboiu (himself winner of the Europa Cinemas Label at the Directors' Fortnight for his début feature 12:08 East of Bucharest). North also received the prize for Best Cinematography.

Winner of the Europa Cinemas Label at Berlin in 2009, North, sold internationally by Memento Films, will be distributed widely in Europe in the coming months: in France (Bodega), Germany (Alamode), Italy (Sacher), Benelux (Amstel Film), Switzerland (Xenix), Norway (Sandrew), Portugal (Midas), Greece (Rosebud), Slovenia (Demiurg), Hungary (Cirko), Poland (Gutek), the Czech Republic and Slovakia (Aerofilms).

Machan , the comedy by Italian director Uberto Pasolini, Label winner at the Venice Days in 2008, has for its part received the Audience Award at Cluj. Sold by Beta Cinemas, Machan has been distributed in Italy since September to great acclaim. The film was also released in Germany in May, distributed by Fox, and will soon come out in France (UGC), Switzerland (Rialto), Denmark (Ost for Paradis), Norway (As Fidalgo) and the Netherlands (Moonlight films).

By providing a financial incentive to Europa Cinemas network exhibitors (through a bonus system) to bill the film for the longest possible time, the Label will allow these two films to benefit from solid runs.

Apart from the principal awards and prizes attributed to Romanian films (see the complete list on the website), let it be noted that FIPRESCI has awarded its prize to the first film by Dutch director Esther Rots, Can go through skin, a sensitive portrait of a young woman who starts to take a new interest in life in the countryside, after being subjected to a violent attack.


Stéphanie Dufour & Jean-Baptiste Selliez




Nord :
Machan :
Can go through skin