Gopo Awards: Celebrating best Romanian movies

Newsroom 28/03/2016 | 08:49

Today, at Bucharest National Theatre, the Romanian cinema representatives will gather to celebrate the tenth edition of Gopo Awards. At the beginning of February 2016, Gopo representatives have announced that more than 130 movies were competing for the Gopo 2016 nominations, including 84 Romanian films launched in cinemas or festivals last year.

Aferim!(d. Radu Jude), Bucharest Nonstop/ București NonStop (d. Dan Chișu), The Treasure/ Comoara (d. Corneliu Porumboiu), Why Me?/ De ce eu?(d. Tudor Giurgiu) and One Floor Below/ Un etaj mai jos (d. Radu Muntean) are the five-feature length films that will compete this year for the Best film award at the Gopo Awards Gala. Their authors compete, as well, in the Best director category.

Ioana Flora (Back Home/ Acasă la tata), Elena Popa (Self-Portrait of a Dutiful Daughter/ Autoportretul unei fete cuminți), Hilda Peter (Box), Rodica Lazar (Carmen) and Ana Maria Guran (The World is Mine/ Lumea e a mea) are in the race for the Best Actress In A Leading Role. For the Best Actress In A Supporting Role the actresses that have been nominated are Mirela Oprișor (Back Home/ Acasă la tata), Mihaela Sîrbu (Aferim!), Olimpia Melinte (Bucharest Nonstop/ București NonStop), Dorina Lazăr (Bucharest Nonstop / București NonStop) șiTatiana Iekel (One Floor Below/ Un etaj mai jos).

The Gopo award for Best Actor In A Leading Role will be given to one of the following five protagonists: Alexandru Papadopol (Back Home/ Acasă la tata), Teodor Corban (Aferim!), Gheorghe Ifrim (Bucharest Nonstop/ București NonStop),Cuzin Toma (The Treasure/ Comoara) and Emilian Oprea (Why Me?/ De ce eu?). Andi Vasluianu (Back Home/ Acasă la tata), Alexandru Dabija (Aferim!),Cuzin Toma (Bucharest NonStop/ București NonStop), Iulian Postelnicu (One Floor Below/ Un etaj mai jos), Adrian Purcărescu (The Treasure/ Comoara) are in the race for the Best Actor In A Leading Role award.

This year, the most nominations have been gathered by the following feature-length films: Aferim! – 12 nominations, Bucharest Nonstop/ București NonStop and Why Me?/ De ce eu? with 9 nominations each, Back Home/ Acasă la tata– 8 nominations, The World is Mine/ Lumea e a mea and One Floor Below/ Un etaj mai joswith 7 nominations each, Box and The Treasure/ Comoara– 5 nominations each.

The feature-length documentaries that are competing for the Best Feature-Length Documentary are: Aliyah DaDa(d. Oana Giurgiu), Cinema, mon amour (d. Alexandru Belc), The Magic Mountain/ Muntele magic (d. Anca Damian), The Network/ Rețeaua (d. Claudiu Mitcu) și Romania: Four Countries/ România: 4 patrii (d. Alexandru Solomon).

Read also: What’s on the silver screen: the Romanian movies

For the Best European Film category there have been over 100 european productions that have been taken in account. The jury (composed of film critics) have voted for the following five films screened last year in the Romanian cinemas: Ex Machina/ Ex Machina (r. Alex Garland), Le tout nouveau testament/ Testamentul nou nouţ (r. Jaco Van Dormael), Leviathan/ Leviatan (r. Andrey Zvyagintsev), The Tribe/ Tribul (r. Miroslav Slaboshpitsky) and Winter Sleep/ Somn de iarnă (r. Nuri Bilge Ceylan).

The nominations for all of the Gopo Awards categories have been selected by pre-selection judge composed of 11 industry professionals: Stere Gulea (director), Florin Piersic Jr. (actor), Daniel Mitulescu (producer), Melania Oproiu (editor), Sorin Botoșeneanu (camera operator), Miruna Berescu (director of the ANONIMUL International Independent Film Festival) and the critics Cristina Corciovescu, Ștefan Dobroiu, Doinel Tronaru, Laurențiu Brătan, Ionuț Mareș.

After the nominations, the next step is the voting process where 450 active professionals from all areas of the Romanian film industry will be invited to vote for the winners of this year’s trophies, through a voting mechanism provided and supervised my the prestigious audit and consulting company, PwC Romania, with whom the Gopo Awards have partenered since 2011.

Oana Vasiliu

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