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Golden Tower of the 29 th European Film Festival Palić goes to "R.M.N" by Cristian Mungiu

22.07.2022.

Golden Tower of the 29 th European Film Festival Palić goes to "R.M.N" by Cristian Mungiu

At the final press conference of the 29 th European Film Festival Palić, on June 22 at the Great Terrace, were announced the winners of the Golden Tower Award for the best film, the Palić Tower for the best director, Special Mention of the Official Selection Jury, the award for the best film in the Parallels and Encounters section, Special Mention of Critics’ Jury and the FIPRESCI Jury Award, that will be handed at the closing ceremony of the Festival.

Official Selection Jury of the 29 th European Film Festival Palić, consisting of: producers Michael James McMahon and Katriel Schorey, actress Katarina Radivojević, producer, programmer and curator Lorna Tee and Cottbus Festival programmer Joshua Jádi unanimously asigned the Golden Tower award for the best film of the Official Selection to "R.M.N" directed by Cristian Mungiu. The jury wrote in its explanation: "A highly complex and shattering tableau of the cracks of society caused by capitalism and immigration - and how the past is always coming back to haunt and create the rifts that separate instead of binding us together. The compelling characters reside in a world where they are trapped in situations they are unable to change. With assured direction, engaging with the multiple strands of the political and personal, all coming together in a way only a master filmmaker can elegantly convey."

Palić Tower Award for best director was asigned by the jury to Dmytro Sucholytkyj - Sobtschuk, for the film "Pamfir". The explanation for the decision says: "This film is a masterfully choreographed father and son story including magical animal masks that drive away the evil spirits of winter in epic locations, transforming in a raw way the consequences of modern labour migration on a family."

The jury awarded Special Mention to the film "Gentle" by Anna Nemes & Laszlo Csuja, "for directing with great talent and sensitivity, and for creating tender and touching moments, in a world demanding perfection with impossible sacrifices."

The International Critics’ Jury of the 29 th European Film Festival Palić, consisting of: Nataliia Serebriakova from Ukraine, Wolfgang Martin Hamdorf from Germany, and Martin Milinković from Croatia, made a unanimous decision to choose "Butterfly Vision" by Maksym Nakonechnyi as the best film in the competition program "Parallels and Encounters", for "The ability to transfer the current affairs in Ukraine to theatrical experience in a modern and contemporary way." The jury assessed that "highest level of cinema making from a promising young director gives us hope that European cinema has a very bright future."

Special Mention of the Critics’s Jury is awarded to the film "Fools" by Tomasz Wasilewski, for "a realistic portrait painted with the finest film aesthetics".

The FIPRESCI Jury of the 29 th Palić European Film Festival, consisting of: Michele Sancisi, Sunčica Unevska and Ingrid Beerbaum, asigned the FIPRESCI Award for the best film of the Official Selection to Ulrich Seidl's "Rimini" - "for the unique vision of a European film master who creates his own reality and new icons, as well as for the main character Richie Bravo, who is a rocker at heart even though he sings schlagers".

Special Mention of the FIPRESCI Jury was awarded to the film "Pamfir" by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk. The explanation states that the award was given to "a young director who creates his first feature film with a strong and personal vision and storytelling of with a pristine cinematography." The jury added that this is "a humane and universal story about an enigmatic man trying to protect the wellbeing of his family under the worst circumstances."

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