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February 5, 2023

12th edition of the Gopo Awards Gala: The most important evening dedicated to the Romanian film industry

The 12th edition of the Gopo Awards Gala, the most important yearly event dedicated to celebrating the successes of the Romanian cinematography, will be held at the Great Hall of the “I.L. Caragiale” National Theater of Bucharest, on Tuesday evening, March 27. Actor Alexandru Bogdan will be the presenter of the event for the 3rd year in a row.

The event rewarding yearly the performance of the Romanian film industry will be broadcast live starting at 20.00 on TVR 2, as well as online, at premiilegopo.ro and cinepub.ro.

Among those coming on the stage to hand over the much-wanted Gopo statuettes created by Artist Adrian Ilfoveanu, there are famous artists such as Gheorghe Visu, Dorel Visan, Simona Bondoc, Manuela Harabor, Marius Florea Vizante, Pavel Bartos, Oana Sarbu, as well as young actors such as Nicoleta Hincu, Mihai Smarandache, Paul Cimpoieru, Silvana Mihai, Cezar Grumazescu, Dana Rogoz, Ela Ionescu, Florentina Nastase and Dana Marineci.

In addition to the most awaited trophies of the evening – Best Picture, Best Director – offered by Banca Transilvania, Best Actor in a Leading Role – offered by Audi, Best Actress in a Leading Role – offered by Aqua Carpatica, Best Documentary – offered by Auchan, or Best Makeup and Hairstyle – offered by MAC Cosmetics Romania, and Best Costume Award – offered by Cellini -, the program of the evening will also include the Lifetime Achievement Award – offered by the Bucharest Municipality through Arcub to the actors George Mihaita and Vladimir Gaitan, and the Award for the Entire Activity – offered by Apa Nova Bucuresti to the actress Sanda Toma and to the camera operator and producer Ion Marinescu. The Special Prize will be granted to the film criticist and historian Bujor T. Ripeanu.

The Audience Award for the Romanian productions with the greatest box-office success in 2017 will be granted to the movies “Octav” (directed by Sergiu Celibidachi) and “Ghinionistul” (directed by Iura Luncasu).

“Un pas in urma serafimilor”, the debut feature of the director Daniel Sandu, received the lrgest number of nominations (15 nominations) at the Gopo Awards 2018, followed by “6,9 pe scara Richter” (directed by Nae Caranfil) and “Aniversarea” (directed by Dan Chisu) – 8 nominations, “Ana, mon amour” (directed by Calin Peter Netzer), “Breaking News” (directed by Iulia Rugina) and “Fixeur” (directed by Adrian Sitaru) – 7 nominations.


The Gopo Awards Gala 2018 – the 12the edition is organized by Asociatia pentru Promovarea Filmului Romanesc (the Association for the Promotion of the Romanian Movie – e.n.), with the support of the National Center of Cinematography, the National Theater of Bucharest, Babel Communications and the Ministry of Culture and National Identity.

Co-organizer: Bucharest Municipality through ARCUB – the Cultural Center of the Bucharest Municipality.


Actress Sanda Toma and Director of Photography Ion Marinescu will receive the Award for the Entire Activity at the Gopo Gala 2018


At the 12th edition of the Gopo Awards Gala t be held on March 27 at the National Theater of Bucharest, actress Sanda Toma and Director of Photography Ion Marinescu will be honored with the Award for the Entire Activity. Born on October 27, 1934 in Bucharest, Sanda Toma followed the “I.L. Caragiale” Theater Institute, in the class of Professor Aura Buzescu, and in the final years, in the class of Professor Nicolae Baltateanu.

Although when she was a teenager she wanted to become a geologist, and she followed the faculty of “Agricultural Machinery Construction” for a few weeks, Sanda Toma graduated the “I.L Caragiale” Theater Institute. Her first cinematographic experience was in 1960, starring Lucietta in “Badaranii”, the spectacle movie filmed according to the Carlo Goldoni’s play; her real debut on the big screens took place two years later, in the “Celebrul 702” directed by Mihai Iacob. An outstanding role, which remained in the memory of the film lovers, is the one played in Letitia Pop’s movie “Zestrea”, where Sanda Toma plays along with Margareta Pogonat and Victor Rebengiuc.

In theater, Sanda Toma performed a rich activity, playing at the national Theater of Craiova, the Comedy Theater of Bucharest and the National Theater of Bucharest.

For her impressive career, actress Sanda Toma will be honored in 2018 with the Gopo Award for the Entire Activity. The award is granted by Apa Nova Bucuresti.

The organizers of the Gopo Awards Gala will also grant the Award for the Entire Activity to the Director of Photography Ion Marinescu.

Ion Marinescu was born in 1948 in Ghergani, Dambovita County, and he graduated the “I.L. Caragiale” Theater Institute in 1970, along with Mircea Veroiu, Dan Pita, Stere Gulea, Dinu Tanase and Nicolae Margineanu.He is deemed one of the most prolific directors of photography in Romania; he signed the photography of more than 90 movies and collaborated with famous Romanian and foreign directors: Mircea Daneliuc (“Proba de microfon”), Mircea Moldovan (“Pintea”), Elisabeta Bostan (“Saltimbancii”, “Ma-ma”, “Promisiuni”), Mircea Muresan (“Ion, blestemul pamantului, blestemul iubirii”), Dinu Cocea (“Stejar – extrema urgenta”), Mircea Moldovan (“Iarna bobocilor”), Radu Gabrea (“Manusi Rosii”), Raúl Ruiz (“The Lost Domain”, “A Place Among The Living”) and Gérard Cuq (“Tacanitii”). In early 90s, Ion Marinescu founded the Atlantis Film Production House. As executive or associate producer, he produced several Romanian and French movies.


Photo credit: Ionut Dobre

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