Cristina Grosan won “Best Director” in the “Authors Under 40” category at the Venice Film Festival for the Czech-Hungarian-Slovak-Italian co-production, “Ordinary Failures”.
Grosan is the first Hungarian(-Romanian) to receive this award in the festival’s history. The jury praised the feature’s individual tone, its strong female characters and Grosan’s fresh treatment of this ambitious story, which follows the fate of three women in the shadow of a mysterious natural disaster.
“Competing in front of an international audience is a huge privilege, but also an incredible thrill for me. As a director, I always wonder how our Eastern European perspective, our stories resonate, and how open the world is. This award is particularly honoring because it gives me the feedback that my fellow filmmakers and I have succeeded in capturing and unpacking one of the themes of today’s very changing world, and in presenting everyday heroes to whom viewers from different nations can relate with sincerity and interest,” said Grosan.
The film, starring Nora Klimešová, Beáta Kaňoková, Taťjana Medvecká and Vica Kerekes, will be screened in Hungary at CineFest Miskolc for the first time after its debut in Venice, before making its way to cinemas on 27 October.