Rest is Silence makes noise with Gopo nominations
by Toma Peiu
The nominees for the third edition of the annual Gopo Awards, Romania’s top film honours, were revealed on Monday.
The Rest is Silence [+see also:
film profile], Nae Caranfil’s epic movie depicting the making of the first Romanian feature film (Grigore Brezeanu’s The Independence of Romania of 1911), is in pole position with 13 nominations. Radu Muntean’s 2008 Directors’ Fortnight title Boogie [+see also:
interview: Dragos Vîlcu
interview: Radu Muntean
film profile] is close behind with 11. Both filmmakers are top contenders for the Best Director prize.
Romanian/Hungarian/Austrian/German co-production The Beheaded Rooster snagged nine Gopo Awards nominations, including Best Feature Film, Best Director (Radu Gabrea and Marijan D Vajda) and Best Actress (Ioana Iacob).
Other nominated films are theatre director Horatiu Malaele’s debut feature Silent Wedding, which is competing in eight categories and likely to bag at least one Gopo, for DoP Vivi Dragan Vasile. Nicolae Margineanu’s Exchange and Survivor, by local action film legend Sergiu Nicolaescu, are hoping to claim Best Editing.
Meanwhile, Anamaria Marinca (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days [+see also:
interview: Cristian Mungiu
interview: Oleg Mutu
film profile]) is vying for the Best Actress for her performance in Boogie; screenwriter Tudor Voican (California Dreamin’ [+see also:
film profile]) has been nominated for Best Original Screenplay for Exchange; and Tudor Giurgiu’s latest work, Weddings, Music and Videotapes, is up for the Best Documentary Award.
The Gopo winners will be chosen by 400 Romanian film professionals through an online secret voting procedure. The awards ceremony will take place on March 3.
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