Caranfil's epic story takes home nine prizes

Romanian writer director Nae Caranfil’s epic story of the making of an early black and white film about the country’s 19th century war of independence, “The Rest is Silence,” swept the boards at the third Gopo Awards in Bucharest’s Fratelli Studios on Monday.

Caranfil’s pic took nine Gopos including picture, original screenplay, best cinematography for Marius Panduru and original soundtrack for French composer Laurent Couson.

Radu Muntean’s mid-marriage mid-life crisis feature “Boogie” won nods for director, actress for Anamaria Marinca (who appeared in Cannes 2007 Palme d’Or winner “4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days”), actor for Dragos Bucur and best support actor for Mimi Branescu.

Thomas Ciulei’s “The Flower Bridge” won best documentary.

Veteran Czech new wave director Jiri Menzel’s “I Served the King of England” was voted the best European film distributed in Romania in 2008.

The film awards, voted on by 400 film professionals, are named after a character created by the late filmmaker Ion Popescu-Gopo, who won the Palme d’Or in 1957 for best animated short.

The awards are organized by Romanian Film Promotion, the independent org that manages the county’s booths at the Berlin and Cannes fests.

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