Romanian ‘Hat’ caps shorts fest

'Nasija' also prized at Huesca

MADRID — “Lampa cu caciula” (The Tube With a Hat), a simple but trenchant slice of tawdry Romanian neo-realism, won international pic at the 35th Huesca Intl. Film Festival, one of Southern Europe’s premier short film events, on Saturday.

Helmed by Radu Jure, the extended short turns on a father and son’s journey to a run-down town to get their family’s TV set mended. Trip lifts the lid on Romania’s penuries, but bonds father and son.

Spanish helmer Guillermo Rios Bordon’s “Nasija,” a portrait of a woman sentenced to death by stoning in a sub-Saharan coun-try, took top honors in the Ibero-American competish, which raised considerable interest from Latin America.

Jury members included Imcine Mexican Film Institute general director Marina Stavenhagen and Cuban screenwriter Senel Paz. A crew from HBO Latino covered the 10-day fest.

Further fest highlights were German Jan Wagner’s “Porno,” about an adolescent boy’s sexual awakening, which won the fest’s youth award, Cecile Vernant’s observant dinner-date comedy “Le Diner,” and “The Rip-Off,” a noirish shop scam dramedy from Canada’s Kun Chang.

Though primarily a short film sprocket opera with a strong documentary sidebar, fest also featured tributes to Spanish auteurs Carlos Saura, Pilar Miro and Marc Recha and Italian brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani.

Jorge Barberis contributed to this report.

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