Scenic designer Viorica Petrovici nominated for Cesar Awards

Artistic Director of Comic Opera for Children and scenic designer Viorica Petrovici at end-Jan. was nominated for the Cesar Awards, in the category The Best Costume Design for the movie The Source (La Source des femmes), directed by Radu Mihaileanu.

„Radu Mihaileanu gave me the news. When I asked him when he comes to Romania for the movie’s premiere, he told me: „until I arrive in Romania, you’ll come to France because you got a nomination for the Cesar awards with my movie.” I was immensely happy and I’m absolutely certain that I have to continue my activity as a scenic designer. I believe the appreciation of the Cesar Academy is a hundred times more important than any other prize,” said Viorica Petrovici, according to a release.

The 37th Cesar Awards ceremony will take place at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on Feb. 24.

The movie The Sources is set in a Moroccan village and tackles the condition of the Muslim woman.

Viorica Petrovici designed the costumes of one hundred characters, with the majority of them women.

Plastic artist, scenic designer for theatre, opera, ballet and movie, professor, having a PhD in drama studies, associate professor at the Bucharest-based I.L. Caragiale University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography (UNATC), Viorica Petrovici has an impressive activity in this domain.

She designed the costumes for many successful Romanian and foreign cinema productions, such as The Concert, directed by Radu Mihaileanu, Tertium Non Datur, by Lucian Pintilie or Asfalt Tango directed by Nae Caranfil.

Before going to Morocco for the shooting of the Sources, Viorica Petrovici was asked to create the scenic design for the opera Oedipe, played at the Bucharest National Opera House (ONB) for the first time last year at the International George Enescu Festival.

She was awarded various distinctions for her professional activity: the Silver Award, Novisad (2001), the most important award Romania has received in the domain of scenic design, the Award of the Romanian Music Critics Union (2001), the National Order of Merit in rank of Knight, a collective award for the movie Trahir, directed by Rady Mihaileanu at the French Film Festival held in Montreal (1994). She was also nominated for the 2010 edition of the Golden Globes for her contribution in the movie The Concert.

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