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Gopos Whistle to the tune of Serban’s debut

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Gopos Whistle to the tune of Serban’s debut

Florin Serban's If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle [+see also:
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won Best Film at the 2010 Gopo Awards, the Romanian film industry top honours, held in Bucharest on Monday evening. Serban's debut feature triumphed, turning seven of its 13 nominations into wins.

Produced by Strada Film and co-produced by Film i Väst and the The Chimney Pot, Whistle also won Best Director, Supporting Actress (Clara Voda), Sound, Debut Feature, Best New Hope (George Pistereanu) and the Audience Award, given to the domestic film with the most admissions in 2010.

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The evening's biggest surprise were the two important prizes that went to Calin Peter Netzer's Medal of Honor [+see also:
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. Veteran actor Victor Rebengiuc won Best Actor for his portrayal of an old man whose relationship with his family improves after he receives the titular medal; while Tudor Voican, best known for Outbound and California Dreamin' (Endless) [+see also:
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, won Best Screenplay.

The Best Actress Award went to Mirela Oprisor of Tuesday, After Christmas [+see also:
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, the only win for Radu Muntean's ten-time nominated film. Bogdan Dumitrache received Best Supporting Actor for his turn in Constantin Popescu's Portrait of the Fighter as a Young Man [+see also:
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, whose DoP Liviu Marghidan also won Best Cinematography.

Titus Muntean's Kino Caravan picked up four awards: Best Original Music (Vasile Sirli) Art Direction (Cristian Niculescu), Costumes (Viorica Petrovici) and Make-Up and Hair (Dana Roseanu).

Andrei Ujica's The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu [+see also:
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won Best Documentary while Adrian Sitaru's The Cage was voted Best Short Film.

Marian Crisan's Morgen [+see also:
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(11 nominations) and Razvan Radulescu and Melissa de Raaf's First of All, Felicia [+see also:
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(seven) went home empty-handed.

Four hundred industry professionals and film critics voted on the 12 features, six shorts and five documentaries nominated by a jury.

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