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Closer to the Moon triumphs at the Gopos

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- Nae Caranfil’s film won nine awards out of its 12 nominations

Closer to the Moon triumphs at the Gopos
Nae Caranfil clutching his Gopo Award

Nae Caranfil’s first feature in English, Closer to the Moon [+see also:
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, won nine trophies at the Gopos, the Romanian film-industry awards, for which the ninth edition was hosted last night by the country’s National Theatre in Bucharest.

Although the critics favoured Andrei Gruzsniczki’s black-and-white communist drama QED [+see also:
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, the approximately 400 professionals from the local film industry plumped for Closer to the Moon for Best Romanian Film of 2014. The film, which stars Vera Farmiga, Mark Strong and Harry Lloyd, also received the trophies for Best Director and Best Screenplay.

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As for QED, it won five trophies out of its 17 nominations (the highest number of nods in the history of the awards). The film came out on top in all of the acting categories, with Ofelia Popii, Florin Piersic Jr, Virgil Ogăşanu and Alina Berzunţeanu among the evening’s winners.

Alexander Nanau’s Toto and His Sisters [+see also:
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won the Best Documentary Award, while Vlad Petri’s Bucharest, Where Are You? received the Best First Feature Award. Meanwhile, actresses Eugenia Bosînceanu and Coca Bloos were honoured for their lifetime achievements. 

Marius Panduru received the Best Cinematography Award for Closer to the Moon, and Cătălin Cristuţiu, Larry Madaras and Roberto Silvi shared the Best Editing Award for the same film. Radu Jude impressed with his short It Can Pass Through the Wall, while young DoPs Alexandra Carastoian and Boroka Biro received the Best New Hope Awards for the cinematography of It Takes Two to Fence.

Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty [+see also:
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received the Best European Feature Award. Lastly, the event presented Cristina Iacob’s #Selfie [+see also:
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with an Audience Award for being the most popular domestic release of last year, having taken more than 100,000 admissions.

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