Un pas in urma serafimilor/One step behind the Seraphim, the feature debut of film director Daniel Sandu is the great winner of the Gopo Awards’ Gala that took place on Tuesday night at the Bucharest National Theatre (TNB), the film winning the Best Film, the Best Director, the Best Screenplay and the Best Leading Actor, among other awards. Overall, “Un pas în urma serafimilor” grabbed nine prizes.
On Tuesday evening, March 27, the Great Hal of the “I.L. Caragiale” National Theater of Bucharest has become too small for the over 1,000 guests of the 12th edition of the Gopo Awards’ Gala, the most important event dedicated to the Romanian film industry. Hosted by actor Alexandru Bogdan, the Gala had unusual and funny, as well as a lot of excitement.
Victor Rebengiuc, Dorel Visan, Simona Bondoc, Gheorghe Visu, Tora Vasilescu, Andrei Serban, Jacqueline Bisset, Ana Ularu, Dragos Patraru, Pavel Bartos, Dana Rogoz, Andrei Aradits, Vlad Paunescu, Iulia Lumanare, Olimpia Melinte, Medeea Marinescu, Oana Sarbu, Maria Obretin, Magda Catone, Ada Gales, Nicoleta Hancu and Manuela Harabor, are only a few of the guests who stepped on the red carpet.
“Un pas in urma serafimilor”/One step behind the Seraphim, the most nominated movie at the Gopo Awards 2018, won 8 statuettes, including the most important trophies of the evening: Best Film, Best Film Director (Daniel Sandu), an award granted by Banca Transilvania, Best Script (Daniel Sandu), Best Deput Feature (Daniel Sandu), Best Leading Actor (Vlad Ivanov), an award granted by Audi Romania, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ali Amir), Best Picture (George Dascalescu) and Young Hope (Stefan Iancu). “Un pas in urma serafimilor” also received the Award of the Romanian Society of Cinematographers (RSC).
Upon receiving the award for best movie, producer Ada Solomon said the film’s making took 10 years.
The feature tells the story of Gabriel (Stefan Iancu), a teenager who wants to be a priest and gets to an Orthodox theological seminary. There, together with his colleagues, he enters a game of power, deceit and manipulation, a fight fed by a tough teacher (Vlad Ivanov).
“6,9 pe scara Richter”, directed by Nae Caranfil, won 5 Gopo trophies: Best Sound (Aleksander Simeonov, Tamas Szekely, Florin Tabacaru), Best Original Music Score (Nae Caranfil, Bogdan Dimitriu, Liviu Manescu), Best Art Direction (Andreea Popa), Best Costume Design (Doina Levintza, Adina Bucur), an award granted by Cellini Romania, and Best Makeup and Best Hairstyle (Catalin Ciutu, Dana Roseanu and Iulia Roseanu), granted by MAC Cosmetics.
Diana Cavallioti, namely Ana from the movie “Ana, mon amour” was the winner of the Best Actress in a Leading Role, granted by Aqua Carpatica, while Dana Bunescu, the editor of the movie directed by Calin Netzer, won the Gopo Trophy for the Best Film Editing. Diana Spatarescu, who played the role of Ana Rascanu in “Fixeur” (directed by Adrian Sitaru) won the award for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
“Planeta Petrila” the feature directed by Andrei Dascalescu, won the Best Documentary Award, granted by Auchan Retail Romania.
At the Best European Film category, the votes of the professionals in the film industry and of the film criticists were given to the movie “Despre trup si suflet” / “On Body and Soul”, distributed in Romania by Bad Unicorn.
Memorable moments were provided, both n the red carpet and at the Gala, by the winners of the Life Achievement Gopo Awards, which were granted by the Bucharest Municipality, through Arcub, to the actors George Mihaita and Vladimir Gatan, and by the winner of the Award for the Entire Activity, granted by Apa Nova Bucuresti to the actress Sanda Toma and to the camera operator Ion Marinescu. A special award was also granted to the film historian and criticist Bujor T. Ripeanu.
The public prize for the autochthonous film with most spectators went to “Octav” by Sergiu Celebidachi, while “Ghinionistul/The Luckless” by Iura Luncasu was granted the Gopo prize for highest-grossing.
The Gopo Awrads’ Gala 2018 – the 12th edition was 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.
Photo: Sorin Florea