Romanian helmer Corneliu Porumboiu has nabbed the Europa Cinemas Label for his directorial debut, the Romanian-language laffer “12:08 East of Bucharest.”
The gong was awarded by a jury of Europa Cinemas exhibitors at the closing ceremony of the Directors Fortnight.
The pic takes place on Christmas eve in Bucharest 16 years after the fall of communism, when a group ponders whether a revolution has actually taken place in the city.
“This a fresh, engaging comedy whose universal themes really engage with the audience. It deals with important issues very effectively in a humorous way. We are delighted to have discovered another highly talented young director from Romania,” said the jury in a statement.
It’s the fourth time that the Europa Cinemas Label has been awarded at Cannes to the best European film in the section.
The winner receives extended theatrical exposure and addition promotion from the Europa Cinemas network, which was founded in 1992 and now includes 664 cinemas in 59 countries.
The network’s aim is to support the programming and visibility of European pics outside their country of origin.
Previous winners of the Europa Cinemas gong at Cannes are Emmanuel Carrere’s “La Moustache,” Danielle Arbid’s “In the Battlefields,” Roger Michell’s “The Mother” and Bent Hamer’s “Kitchen Stories.”