Romania Film event honors morality tale

“Police, Adjective,” a police morality tale that resonated deeply in this former-Communist nation, swept Romania’s Gopo Film Awards, which took place at the capital’s Palace of Parliaments on Monday.

Corneliu Porumboiu won for director and screenwriter while cinematographer Marius Panduru and actors Dragos Bucur and Vlad Ivanov (best actor and supporting actor respectively) won Gopos for this low-key comedy about the crisis of conscience of a small-town investigator.

Porumboiu accepted his award before an audience of almost 1,000 guests and media and a national audience of millions watching live on the state-owned TVR1 and TVR Intl. networks, a level of exposure that has transformed this four-year old ceremony into one of eastern Europe’s premier events for cinematic excellence.

The 450 professionals and critics voting also awarded Gopos to Hilda Peter for actress in the British-Romanian co-production “Katalin Varga,” while supporting actress went to Luminita Gheorghiu for “Francesca.”

Helmer Alexander Nanau’s “The World According to Ion B,” produced by Carmen Harabagiu, Aurelian Nica and Andrei Cretulescu for HBO Central Europe, won for documentary.

“Oli’s Wedding,” a European fest favorite, nabbed the short film award for director Tudor Jurgiu and producer Tudor Giurgiu.

French-Belgian-Romanian co-production “The Concert” won for original score (Armand Amar), editing (Ludo Troch), production design (Cristian Niculescu) and make-up (Michelle Constantinides, Dana Busoiu, Catherine Crassac and Adelina Popa).

Sound editing went to Dana Bunescu and Cristinel Sirli for “Tales From the Golden Age” and Andreea Bosneag nabbed the new talent laurel for her perf in “The Happiest Girl in the World.”

A lifetime achievement nod went to screenwriter and Cannes winner Dumitru Carabat while Draga Olteanumatei, veteran of 90 features, won for career achievement. A special award was bestowed on veteran color-timer technicianGina Stoica.

The Gopos are presented by the Assn. for Romanian Film Promotion and are named in honor of Romanian director Ion Popescu-Gopo.

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