Documentaries Win 15th Gopo Awards


    BUCHAREST: Alexander Nanau’s documentary collective received the Gopo Award for Best Film of 2020 at the Romanian Gopo film industry gala held as an open-air event in Bucharest on 29 June 2021. The film was also awarded in the Best Director and Best Editor categories, while Radu Ciorniciuc’s Acasă My Home received three awards, including Best Long Documentary and Best First Film.

    Nanau and his team of producers refused to have their film nominated in the Best Long Documentary category, in which most of the approximately 600 active film professionals voted for Acasă My Home.

    Radu Jude’s Uppercase Print, which had 10 nominations, was awarded for production design and make-up & hair styling, while Dan Chișu’s drama 5 Minutes Too Late received all the acting awards: lead actor and actress, and supporting actor and actress.

    Ivana Mladenovic’s sophomore feature Ivana the Terrible received the highest number of nominations (12), the same as Dorian Boguță’s debut feature Legacy. However, Ivana the Terrible left empty handed, while Legacy was awarded for script, original score and costumes.

    At the gala, the Romanian Alliance of Film Producers (AFP) issued an appeal to the authorities, hoping that they will pay a debt of more than 35 m EUR to international productions shot in Romania since the cash rebate scheme was launched in the autumn of 2018.

    Gopo Awards were organised by Romanian Film Promotion together with Asociația Film si Cultură Urbană (AFCU), with the support of the Romanian Film Centre, Dacin Sara and Babel Communications.


    Best Film:
    collective / colectiv (Romania, Luxembourg)
    Produced by Alexander Nanau Production
    Coproduced by Samsa Film, HBO Europe
    Supported by the Romanian Film Centre, the Luxembourg Film Fund and the Sundance Documentary Fund, and with the contribution of RTS Switzerland, RSI Switzerland, YES Docu and MDR Germany

    Best Director:
    Alexander Nanau for collective

    Best Leading Actor:
    Mihai Călin for 5 Minutes Too Late / 5 minute (Romania)
    Directed by Dan Chișu
    Produced by Domestic Film, DaKINO Production
    Supported by the Romanian Film CentreMEDIA – Creative Europe and Heineken Romania, in partnership with the Romanian Public Television (TVR)

    Best Leading Actress:
    Diana Cavallioti for 5 Minutes

    Best Supporting Actor:
    Emanuel Pârvu for 5 Minutes

    Best Supporting Actress:
    Elvira Deatcu for 5 Minutes

    Best Scriptwriter:
    Dorian Boguță and Loredana Novak for Legacy / Urma (Romania)
    Directed by Dorian Boguță
    Produced by Hai-Hui Entertainment
    Coproduced by Mandragora, Actoriedefilm.ro
    Supported by the Romanian Film Centre

    Best Cinematographer:
    Oleg Mutu for Love 2. America / Dragoste 2. America (Romania)
    Directed by Florin Șerban
    Produced by Fantascope Films, The East Company, Correct Media
    Supported by the Romanian Film Centre

    Best Editor:
    Alexander Nanau, George Cragg and Dana Bunescu for collective

    Best Sound:
    Tom Weber, Andreas Mühlschlegel and Lukás Moudrý for Acasă My Home / Acasă (Romania, Finland, Germany)
    Directed by Radu Ciorniciuc
    Produced by Manifest Film
    Coproduced by HBO Europe, Corso Film, Kino Company
    Supported by the Romanian Film Centre, the Romanian TelevisionMEDIA – Creative EuropeCinelabBeep Studio

    Best Original Score:
    Marius Leftărache and Matei Stratan for Legacy

    Best Production Design:
    Irina Moscu for Uppercase Print / Tipografic majuscul (Romania)
    Directed by Radu Jude
    Produced by microFILM
    Coproduced by the Romanian Television (TVR), Hi Film Productions
    Supported by the Romanian Film Centre, the MEDIA Programme in association with nomada.solo

    Best Costumes:
    Mălina Ionescu for Legacy

    Best Makeup and Hair Styling:
    Bianca Boeroiu and Domnica Bodogan for Uppercase Print

    Best Long Documentary:
    Acasă My Home (Romania, Finland, Germany)
    Directed by Radu Ciorniciuc

    Best First Film:
    Acasă My Home (Romania, Finland, Germany)
    Directed by Radu Ciorniciuc

    Best Short Fiction Film:
    In Between / În noapte (Romania)
    Directed by Ana Pasti

    Best Short Animated Film:
    Death and the Knight / Moartea și cavalerul (Romania)
    Directed by Radu Gaciu

    Best Short Documentary:
    The Deer Passed in Front of Me / Cerbul a trecut prin fața mea (Romania)
    Directed by Vlad Petri

    Best Newcomer:
    Alma Buhagiar for directing the short film Together / Împreună (Romania)

    Romanian Society of Cinematographers (RSC) Award:
    Pătru Păunescu for Grandfather and Grandson (North Macedonia)
    Directed by Ilija Piperkoski
    Produced by Pandora’s Box Production
    Coproduced by Dream Factory Macedonia
    In cooperation with Alien Film Entertainment (Romania)

    Audience Award (for the film with the best box office):
    Miami Bici (Romania) 2.35 m EUR / 11,610,679 RON
    Directed by Jesus del Cerro
    Produced by Studio Indie Productions and Watch Me Productions

    Gopo Lifetime Achievement Award:
    Actor Costel Constantin

    Achievement Award:
    Costume and production designer Doina Levintza

    Special Awards:
    Film critic Magda Mihăilescu
    Layout sculptor Enache Hărăbor

    Best European Film:
    Sorry We Missed You (UK)
    Directed by Ken Loach
    Distributed by Independența Film