Saturday, September 6, marked the ending of the fourth edition of MECEFF "7+1" – Mediaş Central European Film Festival, the only event in Romania focused on the neighboring countries of the so-called "Central Europe".


For five days – the festival took place between September 2 and 6 – the Town Hall Square, Traube, Cinema Mediensis, the Synagogue and Centrul de Urbanism si Incubator de Afaceri pentru IMM-uri hosted the special events and the screenings of MECEFF 2013: the best films made in the Central-European countries; "unusual" Romanian films, Yiddish films, genuine works of art, in restored versions; some of the best films of Spanish cinema; exhibitions and panels. As we've already announced in our previous press releases, this year's edition brought a growth in the number of spectators, more than 10.000 people being a part of our festival.


The winners of the fourth edition were announced during the Closing Ceremony. Thus, the five jury members (Anca Mitran, Director of the National Film Archive and President of the Jury, Călin Stănculescu, film critic, Domenico Giuseppe (Mimmo) Mongelli, italian writer/director, Bernd Desinger, the director of the dusseldorf Film Mseum and James Ulmer, writer for The New York Times) decided that the best of the best were:


The Best Actress Award went to Luminița Gheorghiu (Child's Pose, by Calin Peter Netzer), "for the depth of the character's struggle and the authenticity of its inner metamorphoses. The award was introduced by Vladimir Sargu, CEO ADI – The Tarnave Region".


The Best Cinematography Award went to Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal (Ida, by Pawel Pawlikowski), "for its stark and assured compositions and its compelling black and white photography; for its powerful mise-en-scene that helps to delineate a young woman’s tragic family story and struggle to find a sense of belonging and purpose in an unforgiving world". The award was introduced by Bernd Desinger.


The Best Director Award went to Jonáš Karášek for The Candidate, "for the complexity of a script which evokes a modern-day reality confronting its viewers with a profound analysis of a series of social, moral and psychological issues". The award was introduced by George Petrescu, the deputy mayor of Medias.


The MECEFF 2014 trophy went to Burning Bush (by Agnieszka Holland), "for its compelling craftsmanship and the authority of its storytelling; for its ability to overcome the limitations of its television format to depict vividly the confrontation of politics and morality, character and history, during the struggles of the Communist occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1969.  And for reminding us that even today, we are never far from confronting the burning questions of past history in our contemporary lives." The award was introduced by Teodor Neamțu, the mayor of Medias.


The Audience Award went to the Austrian film Your Beauty is Worth Nothing (by Hüseyin Tabak). The award was introduced by Lucian Costea, the manager of the Culture, Tourism, Sport and Youth Department of Medias.


MECEFF "7+1" – Medias Central European Film Festival was organized by Ecran Cinema Management, the Medias Town Hall, the Romanian Cultural Institute, the Ministry of Culture, CNC, and the Tarnave Region.


Co-producer: TVR





Main partners: Luxten, ROMGAZ, Kromberg & Schubert


Supporters: BACHMANN, The Federation of Romania-based Jewish Communities, Traube Hotel & Restaurant


With the support of: Magyar Institute in Bucharest, Polish Institute in Bucharest, The Slovak Embassy,  The National Center for Jewish Film, The Embassy of Spain in Romania, The Slovak Film Institute, The Austrian Cultural Forum, The Slovenian Embassy, Czech Centre, The Cervantes Institute.


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