The 13th edition of the Gopo Awards Gala, the most important event of the Romanian film industry, took place on Tuesday, March 19, at the National Theater of Bucharest. Last night, more than 1,000 guests attended the event that celebrates the successes of the Romanian cinematography.
Original, funny and thrilling moments delighted the spectators; they included the already traditional parodies by actor Alex Bogdan, as well as the artistic interventions of Irina Sarbu & band, Ana Udroiu and Kana Jambe.
Stere Gulea, Emilia Popescu, Horatiu Malaele, Tora Vasilescu, Valentin Teodosiu, Ileana Popovici, Gheorghe Visu, Nae Caranfil, Adina Pintilie, Cornel Ilie, Monica Barladeanu, Monica Davidescu, Carmen Tanase, Kristina Cepraga, Toma Cuzin, Monica Barladeanu, Catalina Grama and Paul Ipate are just a few of the guests that stepped on the red carpet, whose hosts were Ilona Brezoianu and Razvan Alexe (Krem).
“Morometii 2”, the movie with the largest number of nominalizations at the 2019 Gopo Awards, has won nine trophies: Best Movie, Best Picture (Vivi Dragan Vasile), Best Film Editing (Dana Bunescu and Alexandra Gulea), Best Sound (Dana Bunescu, Cristinel Sirli, Constantin Fleancu), Best Production Design (Cristian Niculescu), Best Costume Design (Dana Paparuz), an award granted by Cellini Romania, Best Makeup and Best Hairstyle (Dana Roseanu, Iulia Roseanu, Domnica Bodogan), granted by MAC Cosmetics, and Tanara Speranta (Young Hope Award – e.n.) (Iosif Pastina). Also, the Audience Award for local productions with the greatest box-office success in 2018, was won this year by “Morometii 2”, directed by Stere Gulea.
“Pororoca”, directed by Constantin Popescu, won 3 Gopo trophies: Best Director, an award granted by Banca Transilvania, Best Leading Actor (Bogdan Dumitrache), granted by MOL Romania, and Best Supporting Actress (Iulia Lumanare).
“Imi este indiferent daca in istorie vom intra ca barbari” won the Gopo Trophy for the Best Script (Radu Jude), being granted by Dacin Sara, and the Best Supporting Actor Award (Alexandru Dabija).
Cosmina Stratan (Dragoste 1. Caine) won the Best Leading Actress Award, granted by Aqua Carpatica, while the Best Original Soundtrack Award was won by Massimiliano Nardulli for “Charleston”. “Soldatii. Poveste din Ferentari”, directed by Ivana Mladenovici, won the Best Debut Movie Award.
“Caisa”, directed by Alexandru Mavrodineanu, won the Best Documentary movie Award, while “Cadou de Craciun” (Bogdan Muresanu) won the Best Short Film Award.
In the Best European Film category, the votes of the professionals in the film industry and of the film critics were given to The Killing of a Sacred Deer (directed by Yorgos Lanthimos).
Memorable moments on the red carpet and at the Gala have been offered by actors Ileana Stana Ionescu, who received the Life Achievement Gopo Award, granted by Apa Nova Bucuresti, Constantin Dinulescu, who received the Award for his Entire Activity, and Dan Chisu, who received a special award for supporting and encouraging the production of the independent movies. Also, a special award was given to the light master Ion Nica.
Photo: Vlad Catana