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The Romanian Film Promotion Association is the founder of the Romanian film industry Awards - The GOPOS. Supported by the Romanian Film Centre and Babel Communications, this annual event is meant to reward the best Romanian contemporary filmmakers, as well as to pay a tribute to domestic film industry legends.

29 March, 2010

Police, Adjective tops record edition of the Romanian Gopo Awards Gala

Corneliu Porumboiu's fake small-town policier Police, Adjective, is the big winner of this year's Gopo Awards Gala – the Romanian Film Industry Awards, held in Bucharest's Palace of Parliaments on Monday evening.

The fourth edition of the annual Romanian Film Industry Awards proved to be an even bigger event than in previous years, reflecting the growth of the Romanian film industry in 2009, which has seen 16 feature films premiered in cinemas around the country last year, the biggest number for the past 15 years. The Gala was broadcasted live on the Romanian national television's main channel TVR 1 and on TVR International, on the national radio station, Radio Romania, on the Internet and on the biggest outdoor facade in Romania, downtown Bucharest.

Corneliu Porumboiu, screenwriter, director and producer of Police, Adjective, has won all the awards that he had been nominated for – Best Screenplay, Best Directing and Best Film. Apart from these three major awards on Porumboiu's name, Dragos Bucur won the Best Actor in a Leading Role Gopo, Vlad Ivanov took home the Best Actor in a Supporting Role trophy and Marius Panduru was voted the top cinematographer of the year by the awards' 450 industry voters, winning his second Best Cinematography award in a row, after last year's Gopo for Nae Caranfil's The Rest Is Silence.

Porumboiu's Un Certain Regard Grand Prix-winning flick won the race for the main Gopos ahead of French-Belgian-Romanian-Italian superproduction The Concert and Radu Jude's Happiest Girl in The World, this year's most nominated feature, who stole 11 nominations, but only won one award – The Young Hope Award for Andreea Bosneag, the film's teenager leading actress.

Radu Mihaileanu's big co-production, nominated for eight Gopos, got to win four trophies: Best Original Score (Armand Amar), Best Editing (Ludo Troch), Best Make-up & Hair (Michelle Constantinides, Dana Busoiu, Catherine Crassac, Adelina Popa) and Best Production Design (Cristian Niculescu).

Hilda Peter, the star from the guerilla Romanian-British-Hungarian co-production Katalin Varga by Peter Strickland, was voted the Best Actress in a Leading Role, while Luminita Gheorghiu, famous for Cristi Puiu's Death of Mr. Lazarescu won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role Gopo for her part in Bobby Paunescu's Francesca. 

The Audience Award, given for the most succesful local film in box office numbers,  and the Gopo for the Best Sound, went to Tales from the Golden Age, the feature written, produced and co-directed by Cristian Mungiu, also presented in this year's Un Certain Regard competition and in many other important festivals around the world.

The World According to Ion B., the acclaimed documentary produced by HBO Central Europe and directed by Alexander Nanau, confirmed his status as a favourite of the Best Documentary category and won the trophy in front of some other festival-acclaimed local documentaries, such as Claudiu Mitcu's Australia, or Libra Film productions The Birds' Way and Children of the Uranium.

Director Tudor Cristian Jurgiu, graduate of the Bucharest University of Drama and Film in 2009, climbed the stage to claim the Best Short Film Gopo for his succesful short Oli's Wedding, which defeated main contender Renovation by Paul Negoescu, nominated for the European Film Academy Award in december 2009.

Special awards handed on stage included a Lifetime Achievement award was given to the first Romanian winner of Cannes' Best Screenplay Award, back in 1963 for Henri Colpi's Codine Dumitru Carabat; the Career Achievement Award, traditionally given to a local cult actor – this year, celebrating a career of more than half a century in the first line of Romanian film, the trophy went to mrs. Draga Olteanu Matei; and the Special Award given to an outstanding techincian – in 2010, it was mrs. Gina Stoica's turn to receive the Gopo, for being one of the most important color timers in the history of Romanian cinema, having worked on more than 200 features since 1975.

 The Gopo Awards Gala – The Romanian Film Industry Awards is organized by the Romanian Film Promotion Association and it is supported by the Romanian National Film Centre.