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Iconic Romanian personalities, honoured by the Academy

The country’s highest cultural body, the Romanian Academy, offered, yesterday, its 2008 awards. Proposed by cultural institutions or specialists in all fields of arts and sciences, these distinctions are awarded in recognition of a particular work or pay homage to the life-long activity of researchers, writers, visual artists, musicians, actors, architects.

The winners’ list includes a series of iconic personalities. Among those, we should mention the wonderful actress Oana Pellea, who will receive the “Aristizza Romanescu” Award, for theatrical and cinematographic work. Proposed by the Romanian Filmmakers’ Guild, at the recommendation of the academy member Mihnea Gheorghiu and the incomparable actor Radu Beligan, an honorary member of the Academy, Oana Pellea, who has taken on parts in Romanian, French, Italian and English, has been, twice, the recipient of the “best female theatrical performance in Romania” award. After playing, alongside Clive Owen, in the production “Children of Men”, directed by Alfonso Cuaron, shot in London and nominated in three categories for the Oscar, she was cast, in turn, in the British film “I Really Hate My Job”, directed by Oliver Parker, in the American production “Fire and Ice”, directed by Jean-Cristophe Coma, and in “Bibliothèque Pascal”, signed by Szabolcs Hajdu. Theatre-goers can see her, on the stage of the Bulandra Theatre, in “Oscar and Aunt Rosa”. The visual artist Zoe Vida Porumb is offered, today, the “Ion Andreescu” award. Her textile works, whether tapestries or tri-dimensional works, made using diverse techniques, have been appreciated and collected awards both in Romania and abroad. Based in Cluj, she is one of the 15 laureates coming from this city. The “George Oprescu” Award, for achievements in art history, goes, ex aequo, to “The Romstorfer Collection Catalogue. Monumental Ceramics”, signed by Paraschiva-Victoria Batariuc, proposed by academy member Razvan Theodorescu and Tereza Sinigalia, the fruit of the recipient’s research into the activity conducted in Suceava by Karol Adolf Romstorfer, an Austrian architect appointed, in the late 19th century, a conservation specialist of the Habsburg Empire’s Central Commission for Historical and Artistic Monuments, and one of the participants in the earliest archaeological digs at the Moldavian seat of power, and the volume “Living and Representation. The Baroque in 17th Century Moldavian Visual Arts,” by Gheorghe Macarie, recommended by the selfsame academy member Razvan Theodorescu.

The famous composer Diana Rotaru, whose work was celebrated not only in Romania, but also in France, Japan, Ireland, Sweden, is the recipient of the “George Enescu” Award, while the “Ciprian Porumbescu” Award, for musicology, went to Vasile Vasile, for the volume “Romanian Musical Treasury on Mount Athos”.

Also a native of Cluj, the architect Vasile Mitrea was selected for the “Marcu Duiliu” Award, alongside Dorin Stefan, the architect commissioned to design the Taiwan Tower, a minimum 300 metre-high building, after his project was selected out of 237 participants, from 25 countries.

The “Ion Creanga” Award went, at the proposal of academy member Nicolae Breban, ex aequo, to the writer Gheorghe Schwartz, for “The 100. The Templar Corridor”, out of the cycle of exceptional biographies signed by the latter, and to Stefan Mitroi, for “As Sweet as Absinth”, dubbed by the critics “the last major peasants’ novel in Romanian literature”.

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