Bad luck with Symfony. Its 1.x branch was very nice and promising, but has been given up, in favor of the Symfony 2.x big bloat (still growing).
Browsing sometimes the excellent StackOverflow Q&A site is a very good way to stay informed of the frequently used technologies.
This way, I’ve just discovered Laravel.
A quick look shows a very promising piece of work. I hope that it will be correctly maintained (decent BC, no “cargo cult” shifting…)