The Rest Is Silence has picked up the lion’s share of trophies, including best feature, at the 2009 Gopos,Romania’s national film awards.
In addition the period piece won best screenplay, best editing, best sound, best original music and best supporting actress for Ioana Bulca.
Directed by Nae Caranfil, The Rest Is Silence is a dramatized behind-the-scenes account of the making of the first Romanian feature film, The Independence Of Romania, in 1911. With a budget of $3.2m, the production is the most expensive Romanian film in the country’s recent history.
Radu Muntean won best director for his work on Boogie, a realist portrayal of young men reluctantly letting go of their wild years. Anamarie Marinca earned best actress for her role as a neglected wife in the film, while Dragos Bucur and Mimi Branescu were named best actor and best supporting actor.
Best documentary went to Thomas Ciulei’s film The Flower Bridge, about a father raising three children on his own while his wife looks for work abroad.
Nunta Muta , from director Horatiu Malaele, won awards for hair and make-up. Newcomer George Dorobantu won the Best Hope award for his film Elevator. Best short went to Alexandra, from Radu Jude.
2009 Gopo Awards, selected awards:
Best director: Boogie, dir. Radu Muntean
Best feature: The Rest Is Silence, dir. Nae Caranfil
Best screenplay: The Rest Is Silence
Best actor: Dragos Bucur for Boogie
Best actress: Anamaria Marinca for Boogie
Best supporting Actor: Mimi Branescu for Boogie
Best supporting Actress: Ioana Bulca for The Rest Is Silence
Best cinematography: The Rest Is Silence
Best editing: The Rest Is Silence
Best sound: The Rest Is Silence
Best original music: The Rest Is Silence
Best documentary: The Flower Bridge, dir. Thomas Ciulei
Best short film: Alexandra, dir. Radu Jude