Cristi Puiu

Cristi Puiu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈkristi ˈpuju]; born 3 April 1967) is a Romanian film director and screenwriter. With Anca Puiu and Alex Munteanu, in 2004 he founded a cinema production company, naming it Mandragora.

After returning to Romania, Puiu started writing and directing his first films.

Cristi Puiu
Cristi Puiu
Cristian Emilian Puiu

3 April 1967 (age 51)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Spouse(s)Anca Puiu

Early life, education and career

Cristian Emilian Puiu was born to Iuliana and Emilian Puiu in Bucharest, Romania. Puiu's first interest in art was painting. In 1992, he was admitted as a student to the Painting Department of École Supérieure d'Arts Visuels in Geneva. After the first year he switched to film studies at the same school, where he graduated in 1996. He started working in film after his return to Romania.

He is married to Anca Puiu. He and Anca have three children: Smaranda, Ileana and Zoe.



Cristi Puiu's debut as a director was in 2001 with the low-budget road movie Stuff and Dough (Marfa și banii), starring Alexandru Papadopol and Dragoş Bucur. The film received several awards in international film festivals and competed in the Quinzaines des Realisateurs section of the Cannes Film Festival. Some critics say that this is the film that started the Romanian New Wave in cinema. He continued with a short film, Cigarettes and Coffee (Un cartuş de Kent şi un pachet de cafea) (2004), which was awarded the Golden Bear for best short film at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival.

His second feature film, The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu (Moartea domnului Lăzărescu) (2005), was a dark comedy about an ailing old man who is carried by an ambulance from hospital to hospital all night long, as doctors refuse to treat him and send him away. The film was a critical success, being awarded the Prix Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival and numerous awards at other international film festivals.

In 2006 this film gained 47 prizes, several nominations in the American Critics' Top 10 lists[1] and in French magazines such as Telerama and Les Inrockuptibles.


Cristi Puiu co-wrote the screenplays of both his feature films, Stuff and Dough (2001) and The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu (2005), with Romanian writer Răzvan Radulescu. Puiu independently wrote the screenplay for his short film Cigarettes and Coffee (2004).

In collaboration with Răzvan Radulescu, Puiu wrote the screenplay for Niki and Flo, commissioned by Lucian Pintilie, one of the most important Romanian directors. In 2005 German director Didi Danquart based the movie Offset on a script written by Puiu.

Six Stories from the Outskirts of Bucharest

Puiu intends to make a series of six movies entitled Six Stories from the Outskirts of Bucharest. In part he has envisioned them in response to the French director Éric Rohmer's Six Moral Tales series, which influenced filmmaking in the late 20th century. Puiu intends the series to explore six types of love stories, The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu being about love for one's fellow man.

He plans the next five films to study love between a man and a woman, love for one's children, love of success, love between friends, and carnal love. Cristi Puiu says that he has completed a synopsis for each of these films. The second film, Aurora, was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.[2] His film Sieranevada took part in competition in 2016 Cannes Film Festival.[3][4]


Filmography as director


  1. ^ Best Movies of 2006, American Critics Top 10, Ranked 13th overall, present on 88 lists with 18 top spots. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Hollywood Reporter: Cannes Lineup". hollywoodreporter. Archived from the original on 22 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-16.
  3. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (2016-05-12). "Sieranevada review – food for thought (but not for the mourners) in Romanian oddity". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  4. ^ "SIERANEVADA - Festival de Cannes". Festival de Cannes. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  5. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Death of Mr. Lazarescu". Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 2009-12-12.
  6. ^ "Sieranevada and the unstoppable Cristi Puiu". Festival de Cannes 2017. 2016-05-12. Retrieved 2017-12-23.

External links

54th Berlin International Film Festival

The 54th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 5–15 February 2004. The festival opened with out of competition film Cold Mountain by Anthony Minghella. 25 Degrees in Winter by Stéphane Vuillet served as the closing film. The Golden Bear was awarded to German-Turkish film Head-On directed by Fatih Akın.The retrospective dedicated to films from 1967 to 1976 titled New Hollywood 1967-1976. Trouble in Wonderland was shown at the festival. It focuses on the films from the period known as New Hollywood or American New Wave, and attended by some of the film-makers and actors of that era including Peter Davis, Peter Fonda, William Greaves, Monte Hellman and Melvin Van Peebles.

Aurora (2010 film)

Aurora is a 2010 Romanian film written and directed by Cristi Puiu, who also plays the main character. Producer Anca Puiu has described the plot as a "crime story from a new perspective." It is the second installment in Puiu's planned suite "Six Stories from the Outskirts of Bucharest", the first being The Death of Mr. Lazarescu from 2005. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

Bridges of Sarajevo

Bridges of Sarajevo (French: Les Ponts de Sarajevo) is a 2014 documentary anthology film exploring Sarajevo present and past, directed by thirteen different directors. It was shown in the Special Screenings section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Copenhagen International Film Festival

Copenhagen International Film Festival (CIFF) was a film festival held annually in Copenhagen, Denmark from 2003 to 2008. The main prize, the Golden Swan, was awarded for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Script and Best Cinematography.

In 2009, CIFF merged with the NatFilm Festival to become the CPH:PIX film festival.

Coproduction Office

Coproduction Office is a film production and international sales company specialised in art-house films.

Founded in 1987 by Philippe Bober, it includes a sales agency and three production divisions based in Berlin, Paris and Copenhagen.

Over the last two decades, it has mainly produced and handled films by Ulrich Seidl, Jessica Hausner, Roy Andersson, Michelangelo Frammartino, Thomas Clay, Kornél Mundruczó, Ilya Khrzhanovsky, Carlos Reygadas, and Ruben Östlund, and has also sold single films by, among others, Takashi Miike, Antonio Campos, Cristi Puiu, Corneliu Porumboiu, Gust Van den Berghe.


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Gopo Awards

The Gopo Awards (Romanian: Premiile Gopo) are the national Romanian film awards, similar to the Academy Awards (U.S.A.), the Goya Awards (Spain), or the César Award (France). They are presented by the Association for Romanian Film Promotion and were inaugurated in 2007

List of Bosnian films of 2014

The Bosnian film industry produced over fifteen feature films in 2014. This article fully lists all non-pornographic films, including short films, that had a release date in that year and which were at least partly made by Bosnia and Herzegovina. It does not include films first released in previous years that had release dates in 2014. Also included is an overview of the major events in Bosnian film, including film festivals and awards ceremonies, as well as lists of those films that have been particularly well received, both critically and financially.

List of Romanian European Film Award winners and nominees

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List of Romanian films

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List of Romanian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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Puiu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈpuju]) is both a Romanian masculine given name and a surname. Notable people with the name include:

Cristi Puiu (born 1967), Romanian film director and screenwriter

Visarion Puiu (1879–1964), Romanian Orthodox bishop

Puiu Hașotti (born 1953), Romanian politician

Puiu Manu (born 1928), Romanian Graphic designer and comic book creator

Romanian New Wave

The Romanian New Wave (Romanian: Noul val românesc) is a genre of realist and often minimalist films made in Romania since the mid-aughts, starting with Trafic, which won the Short Film Palme d'Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

Răzvan Rădulescu

Răzvan Rădulescu (Romanian pronunciation: [rəzˈvan rəduˈlesku]; born 1969) is a Romanian novelist and screenwriter. His first novel, The Life and Deeds of Elijah Cazane, won the Romanian Writers' Union prize for best debut novel. His second novel, Theodosius the Small, received the EU Prize for Literature.

As a screenwriter, he has collaborated with numerous Romanian directors including Cristi Puiu, Cristian Mungiu, Alexandru Baciu, Radu Muntean and Constantin Popescu. He has written numerous screenplays, including Goods and Money (2001) and Niki Ardelean, Colonel in Reserve (2001), Feed for Small Fry (2004), Offset (2004), The Death of Mr Lazarescu (2005), which were co-written with Puiu, and The Paper Will Be Blue (2005), written in collaboration with Baicu and Muntean.Rădulescu studied at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and the Music Academy in Bucharest. His literary debut was a in a group anthology entitled Family Portrait (1995).

Rădulescu currently teaches at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design.

Short Film Golden Bear

The Short Film Golden Bear (German: Goldener Bär für den Besten Kurzfilm) is the most important award in the short film competition of the Berlin International Film Festival.


Sieranevada is a 2016 Romanian film directed by Cristi Puiu and starring Mimi Brănescu. The plot follows a successful neurologist who attends a family meal supposed to commemorate his deceased father. It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. It was selected as the Romanian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.

Stuff and Dough

Stuff and Dough (Romanian: Marfa si banii) is a 2001 Romanian drama film directed by Cristi Puiu. The film was screened for the Directors' Fortnight at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Romanian: Moartea domnului Lăzărescu) is a 2005 Romanian dark comedy film by director Cristi Puiu. In the film an old man (Ioan Fiscuteanu) is carried by an ambulance from hospital to hospital all night long, as doctors keep refusing to treat him and send him away.

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu enjoyed immediate critical acclaim, both at film festivals, where it won numerous awards, and after wider release, receiving enthusiastic reviews. However, the film did poorly in international box office. The film is planned to be the first in a series by Puiu called Six Stories from the Outskirts of Bucharest.

The film was named the fifth "Best Film of the 21st Century So Far" in 2017 by The New York Times.

World Cinema Project

The World Cinema Project (WCP) is a non-profit organization devoted to the preservation and restoration of neglected world cinema.

Founded in 2007 as the World Cinema Foundation by Martin Scorsese, it was inspired by the work of The Film Foundation in the United States, a similar venture which Scorsese founded with George Lucas, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood in 1990.

The World Cinema Foundation is backed by an advisory board "Filmmaker Council" which includes Martin Scorsese, Fatih Akin, Souleymane Cissé, Guillermo Del Toro, Stephen Frears, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Wong Kar-Wai, Abbas Kiarostami, Deepa Mehta, Ermanno Olmi, Raoul Peck, Cristi Puiu, Walter Salles, Abderrahmane Sissako, Elia Suleiman, Bertrand Tavernier, Wim Wenders, and Tian Zhuangzhuang.After leaving his position at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Kent Jones became the foundation's executive director.

Trances, a music documentary about Nass El Ghiwane an influential Moroccan music group, was picked by Martin Scorsese as the inaugural release for the foundation; it was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 and at Djemaa el-Fna square in Morocco.

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