In the jury’s citation, Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco highlighted “the originality of its premise, the power of its performances, and the intelligence with which it explored very difficult subject matter,” describing “Like a Fish on the Moon” as “a film that resonated long after it ended.” (Variety)
“It’s such an honor to get this award and thank you for your amazing speech. I was so moved, and I’m so happy that I’m getting this award from Geoffrey Rush. And I was so happy that all the members of the jury understood this film like this,”Hajiha said.
“I really think that it doesn’t matter if you’re a five-year-old kid or a 50-year-old woman. If you are being forced to do things, even if it feels normal, you only feel suffocation and you feel trapped. And you might remain silent,”Hajiha added.
As usual, the Transilvania Trophy was endowed with €10,000. The work of the cast was also singled out: actress Sepidar Tari, as the protagonist, won the Best Performance Award (€1,000), splitting it with Nacho Quesada, who plays the lead role in the Argentinian film The Barbarians. Taking into account the victories by the helmer of the Argentinian-Brazilian drama Charcoal, Carolina Markowicz, who picked up the Best Director Award (€3,500), and Tia Kouvo, who snagged the Special Jury Award (€1,500) for Family Time (Finland/Sweden), a new record has thus been set, since for the first time in the history of the festival, the most important awards went to women.
Between Revolutions (Romania/Croatia/Qatar/Iran) by Vlad Petri was crowned Best Feature Film in the Romanian Days competition, having been picked by the jury for the strong emotions it elicits in viewers. The director will receive a prize of €1,500, plus analogue laboratory services worth €10,000, offered by Cinelab Romania. The fictionalised poetic documentary also received the FIPRESCI Award, while Andrei Tãnase’s Day of the Tiger (Romania) was named Best Debut, a prize endowed with €1,000.
The winner of the second iteration of the What's Up, Doc? competition was Anhell69 (Colombia/Romania/France/Germany) by Theo Montoya, a meticulously documented story of a generation that has to deal with violence in the Colombian city of Medellín. The prize is worth €2,000.
This year’s special guestsOliver Stone and Geoffrey Rushwere honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards.