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Closer to the Moon is named Best Feature Film at the 9th Gopo Awards
31 March 2015
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Closer to the Moon by Nae Caranfil triumphed at the 9th Gopo Awards last evening in Bucharest.

Caranfil’s international production got away with the ceremony’s most important awards: Best Feature Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Nominated in the Best Feature film category, together with Closer to the Moon were Corneliu Porumboiu΄s The Second Game and Andrei Gruzsniczki΄s Quod Erat Demonstrandum, with the three directors being nominated in the Best Director category.

Nae Caranfil (®Adi Marineci)

Receiving the Gopo statuette, Caranfil made some interesting comments: "We had in this gala several films surveying the communist era, the years under communism. I am glad I was picked, because I believe it is an extraordinary source of inspiration, because this circus that took place in this part of the world shouldn΄t be forgotten and we usually clash against a prejudice which I hear very often and which upsets me, namely: we are fed up with so many films on communism. But how many are there? There had been many about communism, but before 1989. After 1989, there are only a few and, in the end, maybe tonight I should thank comrade Gheorghe Gheorghiu Dej and comrade Nicolae Ceausescu for having offered me the inspiration I needed so much".

Closer to the Moon also got the Best Editing (Roberto Silvi), Best Makeup and Best Hairdresser (Lucas Coulon & Laura Ozier), Best Sound (Marius Leftarache), Best Cinematography (Marius Panduru), Best Original Score (Laurent Couson) and Best Costume Design (Doina Levinta) awards. 

Quod Erat Demonstrandum by Andrei Gruzsniczki, the film with the most nominations at the Gopo 2015 has awarded five trophies, including Best Actor (Florin Piersic Jr.), Best Actress (Ofelia Popii), Best Supporting Actor (Virgil Ogasanu), Best Supporting Actress (Alina Berzunţeanu) and Best Production Design (Cristian Niculescu).

Ofelia Popii (®Adi Marineci)

Alexandser Nanau’s multitraveled Toto and his Sisters received the Best Documentary Award, while the Gopo for Best Short Film went to Radu Jude’s ‎It Can Pass Through the Wall. The film A Brief History - Astra Film, directed by Carmen Lidia Vidu was named Best Short Documentary, while the Best Debut award was given to filmmaker Vlad Petri for his documentary Where Are You Bucharest?

Industry professionals and film critics gave Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty the Best European Film award, while the highly commercial #Selfie by Cristina Iacob got what 102,026 viewers throughout Romania had already given her, the Audience Award

There were some memorable moments, both on the Red Carpet and the scene last night, when legendary Romanian actresses Eugenia Bosinceanu and Coca Bloos received the Lifetime Achievement Award, with the audience granting a long standing ovation. Animator Ion Truica also got a special prize. 

The Gopo Awards Gala 2015 was organised by the Association for Romanian Film Promotion and the Film and Urban Culture Association, with the support of the National Centre of Cinematography, Bucharest City Hall, through Creart — the Creation, Art and Tradition Centre of the Municipality of Bucharest and Babel Communications.

Source: Gopo Awards official website
  Quod Erat Demonstrandum
  Closer to the Moon
  The Second Game
  Where Are You Bucharest?
  Toto and His Sisters
  Marius Panduru
  Alina Berzunteanu
  Corneliu Porumboiu
  Cristian Niculescu
  Radu Jude
  Coca Bloos
  Marius Leftarache
  Ofelia Popii
  Florin Piersic Jr
  Nae Caranfil
  Laurent Couson
  Doina Levinta
  Andrei Gruzsniczki
  Roberto Silvi
  Vlad Petri
  Cristina Iacob
  Alexander Nanau
  Romanian Film Promotion
  Centrul National al Cinematografiei - CNC Romania
  The winners of 2012 Gopo Awards
  The winners of the 8th Gopo Awards
  Gopo Awards on Facebook
  Gopo Awards official website
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