Police, Adjective wins Gopo Awards

By Iulia Blaga

    Corneliu Porumboiu's film Police, Adjective took six top awards at the 4th edition of Romania's Gopo Awards.

    The film produced by Corneliu Porumboiu and 42 km film (http://www.42kmfilm.ro/) won Best Feature, Best Director, Best Script (Corneliu Porumboiu), Best Cinematography (Marius Panduru), Best Leading Actor (Dragoş Bucur) and Best Supporting Actor (Vlad (Ivanov).

    Hosted by the Palace of the Parliament , the Gopo Awards Ceremony (www.premiilegopo.ro) was attended by some 900 people from the local industry and cultural and media representatives. The awards were decided by the 400 members of the film industry while the nominees were previously chosen by a jury of professionals.

    The Happiest Girl in the World/Cea mai fericită fată din lume by Radu Jude (produced by Ada Solomon and HiFilm, http://www.hifilm.ro/), which led the nominations with 11 nominations, received just one prize, Best Newcomer for actress Andreea Boşneag. Police, adjective/Poliţist, adjectiv by Corneliu Porumboiu had 10 nominations.

    The Concert, produced by Alain Attal and Les Productions du tresor, was awarded for Best Editing (Ludo Troch), Best Art Direction (Cristian Niculescu), Best Make-up &Hairstyling (Michelle Constantinides, Dana Buşoiu, Catherine Cassac, Adelina Popa) and best original score (Armand Amar).

    Tales from the Golden Age/Amintiri din Epoca de Aur by Ioana Uricaru, Hanno Hofer, Constantin Popescu, Răzvan Mărculescu and Cristian Mungiu, produced by Cristian Mungiu and Mobra Films (http://www.mobrafilms.ro/) had 5 nods, and was awarded for the best sound (Dana Bunescu, Cristinel Şirli). The film also received the Audience Award for being the Romanian film with the best box-office in 2009.

    Angling/Pescuit sportiv by Adrian Sitaru, produced by Adrian Sitaru and 4 Proof Film (http://www.4prooffilm.ro/) had 4 nominations but no prizes. Hilda Peter (Katalin Varga, produced by Peter Strickland, Tudor Giurgiu, Oana Giurgiu and Hai Hui Film) was awarded Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Luminiţa Gheorghiu (Francesca, produced by Mandragora, http://www.mandragora.ro/)) Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Gruber's Journey/Călătoria lui Gruber, produced by Orion Film, won for costumes (Svetlana Mihăilescu).

    The World According to Ion B./Lumea văzută de Ion B. by Alexander Nanau, produced by HBO Romania (http://www.hbo.ro/), was voted the Best Documentary of 2009, and Oli's Wedding/Nunta lui Oli by Tudor Jurgiu, produced by Tudor Giurgiu and Libra Film (http://www.librafilm.ro/) the Best Short. The Romanian members of the film community also voted Gomorrah/Gomorra as the best European film in the local cinemas in 2009. Screenwriter and professor Dumitru Carabăţ and actress Draga Olteanu Matei received honorary prizes, and a special prize went to Gina Stoica. The French ambassador in Romania, H.E.Henri Paul, received a special prize for promoting the Romanian cinema.

    The Gopo Awards Ceremony is an initiative of the Romanian Film Promotion (http://www.romfilmpromotion.ro/) with the support of the Romanian Ministry of Culture (http://www.cultura.ro/) and the National Centre for Cinema (http://www.cncinema.abt.ro/).