“I don’t see myself as a leader, but I do feel responsible. I wanted to use my visibility to do something, to help other filmmakers in their work. Over the past few years, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to improve the situation of cinema in Romania, to defend those theaters showing auteur films, and trying to raise funds for young Romanian filmmakers.” - Cristian Mungiu
• Selected at Cannes 2002 - Cannes Directors’ Fortnight
• Transilvania Trophy - Transilvania Film Festival
• FIPRESCI Award - Sofia Film Festival
• Audience Award - Thessaloniki Film Festival
Several stories about migration and about those who stay behind. Life does not seem to have much to offer in Romania. Almost everyone, young and old, wants to leave for a life abroad.
Cristian Mungiu is a Romanian filmmaker. His debut film, OCCIDENT premiered at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2002, won the Transilvania Trophy at the first edition of the Transilvania IFF and became an audience hit in Romania.
His second feature, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, was awarded the Palme d’Or in Cannes in 2007. The film later received several awards as best film of the year from various international associations of film critics. It also won the European Film Academy awards for best film and best director. He returned to Cannes in 2009 as a writer-producer-co-director with the collective episodic film TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE and as a writer-director in 2012 with BEYOND THE HILLS – double awarded for Best Screenplay and Best Actresses. GRADUATION, his fifth film presented in Cannes, was awarded Best Director in 2016.