VIENNA: Domestic by Romanian director Adrian Sitaru won Best Film and the Bulgarian documentary The Last Black Sea Pirates by Svetoslav Stoyanov won Best Documentary at the 2nd edition of the LET’S CEE festival of films from Central and Eastern Europe.
The Turkish contribution Jîn, a moving story about a young Kurdish woman in the turmoil of war, told by director RehaErdem through impressive images, and the highly praised anti-war drama Circles (Krugovi) by Serbian director SrdanGolubovic received honourable mentions.
In the Documentary Competition the Azerbaijani contribution My Kith and Kin by RodionIsmailov, a lyrical and very personal documentary about the journey of a child through her native country, received an honourable mention.
The Short Film Competition, which was staged for the first time this year, gave its main prize to Estonian director JannoJürgens and his film Distance (Distants), a father-and-son story told in black and white images. Home (Dom tsah) by Russian director RuslanMagomadov and Stremt 89 produced by the National University of Theatre and Cinematography (www.unatc.ro) of Romania received honourable mentions. The Audience Award also went to Home.
The main winners also received prize money of 1,500 EUR. LET’S CEE honoured Croatian Academy Award winner BrankoLustig with a Lifetime Achievement Award during a special screening of Schindler’s List on its 20th anniversary. LET’S CEE screened some 60 films over nine days, concluding on 21 September 2013.
Best Film: Domestic (www.4prooffilm.ro), D: Adrian Sitaru (Romania)Best Documentary: The Last Black Sea Pirates (www.agitprop.bg), D: SvetoslavStoyanov (Bulgaria)Best Short: Distance D: Janno Jürgens (Estonia)Audience Award: Home D: Ruslan Magomadov (Russia)