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The Rest Is Silence sweeps up nine Gopos

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The Rest Is Silence sweeps up nine Gopos

It was a long night in the Bucharest Fratelli Studios on Monday, when the third edition of the Gopo Awards wrapped up the 2008 Romanian film year. As expected, the country’s top film honours, chosen by 400 local film industry professionals, were dominated by Nae Caranfil’s The Rest Is Silence [+see also:
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and Radu Muntean’s Boogie [+see also:
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interview: Dragos Vîlcu
interview: Radu Muntean
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The epic The Rest Is Silence, on the making of the first ever Romanian feature and nominated for 13 Gopos, was the biggest winner with nine Gopos, including Best Film and Best Screenplay (Caranfil). French composer Laurent Couson, winner of Best Original Music in a Feature Film, was the first foreign Gopo winner in the prize’s short history, while veteran actress Ioana Bulca created a sensation when she came on stage to claim her Best Supporting Actress trophy.

Directors’ Fortnight title Boogie, vying for 11 Gopos, suffered an upset by winning only four, though all of them major. Muntean won Best Director, Anamaria Marinca Best Actress, Dragos Bucur Best Actor and Mimi Branescu (The Death of Mr Lazarescu [+see also:
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) Best Supporting Actor.

There was only one Gopo for Silent Wedding [+see also:
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, which was nominated in eight categories but had to settle for just Best Make-Up & Hair. Local legends were also honored at the gala event, with famed director Elisabeta Bostan and actor Marin Moraru receiving this year’s Lifetime Achievement Gopos.

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