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March 28, 2023

Romanian Film Union hands special award to director Nicolaescu

In a ceremony on Monday held at the Studio Cinema, members of the Romanian Film Union handed director Sergiu Nicolaescu a special award for his 2009 movie activity. This is the first time such a distinction is given to a national filmmaker. UCIN has decided to “grant this special award which is really crucial for national cinematic culture,” UCIN head Mihnea Gheorghiu said, who added that Sergiu Nicolescu’s work is one that “ranges on five decades and is of enormous importance for Romanian cinema. The 80 year old director thanked union members, saying: “I couldn’t have done it without your help, without the public’s support.”

After the award ceremony, Nicolaescu’s 1963 film “Memories from a Rose” was shown. The same special distinction was granted on directors Laurentiu Damian and Ioan Lazar. UCIN 2009 awards were this year granted for both short and feature film. Director Corneliu Porumboiu was awarded the best feature award for his critically acclaimed “Police, Adjective”. The short film award went to Romanian National Television for “Restoration.” Best documentary was given to Vasile Alecu’s “Sacrifice and Forgiveness. Essay film “Paganini’s Watercolors” by Alina Cosmoiu also received an union nod, while “Avangarde Colors,” was awarded best art documentary. Also, the Opera Prima award was given to Bertoti Attila for his debut feature “Ariadna’s Thread”.

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