24th Troia FesTroia - International Film Festival

Portugal, June 6 - June 15 2008

The jury

Thomas Rothschild (Germany), Léo Soesanto (France), Margit Tönson (Estonia), Laurence Boyce (UK), José Miguel Gaspar ()

Awarded films

Headed by Fernanda Silva, this 24th edition of Festroia — the International Cinema Festival of Setubal in Portugal — was again true to its aim: highlighting cinema from all over the world and especially from countries which do not produce many films a year. Over 200 films (half of them short films) were screened, spread between several sections. The official selection included films from Estonia to Pakistan. One recurring theme in most of them were difficult family issues and fatherhood viewed as doomed. Next to the main competition were also welcome first ecology theme films in the section “Man and His Environment” and new American independent films.

The guest country of the festival was Poland, giving the opportunity to watch or re-watch films by veterans such as Roman Polanski’s student films and above all works by a new generation of filmmakers. Directors Agnieszka Holland and Andrzej Zulawski — president of the main jury — represented their country.

The entire selection was designed to please all ages and tastes from Latvian children films to the “seduction cinema” midnight showcase, which included sexy but cerebral films such as the classic Immoral Tales by Walerian Borowczyk or Damien Odoul’s The Story of Richard O. (Leo Soesanto)