Cristian Mungiu (; born 27 April 1968) is a Romania
. He won the Palme d'Or
at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival
for his film ''4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
'', which he wrote and directed. He has also won the awards for Best Screenplay
and Best Director
, at the 2012
and 2016 Cannes Film Festival
s, for his films ''Beyond the Hills
'' and ''Graduation
Mungiu was born in Iași
. His sister is political analyst Alina Mungiu-Pippidi
. After studying English literature
at the University of Iaşi
, he worked for a few years as a teacher and as a journalist. After that, he enrolled at the University of Film
to study film directing
. After graduating in 1998, Mungiu made several short film
In 2002, he debuted with his first feature film
'', which enjoyed critical success, winning prizes in several film festival
s and being featured in Director's Fortnight
at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival
In 2007, Mungiu wrote and directed his second feature, ''4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
''. The film was received enthusiastically, attracting critical praise and being selected in the official competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival
, where it won the Palme d'Or
for feature film,
marking the first time that prize was awarded to a Romanian filmmaker.
His 2012 film ''Beyond the Hills
'' was screened in competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival
where Mungiu won the award for Best Screenplay
and Cristina Flutur
and Cosmina Stratan
shared the award for Best Actress
The film was also selected as the Romanian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar
at the 85th Academy Awards
making the January shortlist.
In 2013, he produced the next film of Nae Caranfil, ''6.9 on Richter''. In April 2013, he was selected as a member of the main competition jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
His next film, ''Graduation''
, premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival
. The film was in competition for the Palme d'Or; though it did not win, Mungiu won the award for Best Director
Influences and style
Mungiu has said that early Miloš Forman
and Robert Altman
are important filmmakers who influenced him. He also respects the realism of ''Bicycle Thieves
'', among other famous realistic films.
Awards and nominations
* Romanian Royal Family
: 70th Knight of the Royal Decoration of the Cross of the Romanian Royal HouseCrucea Casei Regale a României
Filmography as director
** ''Corul pompierilor'' (short)
** ''Nicio întâmplare'' (short)
** ''Zapping'' (short)
* 2002 – ''Occident''
* 2005 – ''Lost and Found'' - segment ''Turkey Girl''
* 2007 – ''4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days''
* 2009 – ''Tales from the Golden Age''
* 2012 – ''Beyond the Hills''
* 2016 – ''Graduation''
* Romanian New Wave
7 scenarii (7 Scripts)
Editura LiterNet - screenplays volume by Cristian Mungiu
interview with ''4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days'' director Cristian Mungiu
* In-depth anlayses o
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Category:Romanian film directors
Category:Caragiale Academy of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography alumni
Category:Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Director winners
Category:Directors of Palme d'Or winners
Category:European Film Award for Best Director winners
Category:Alexandru Ioan Cuza University alumni
Category:Film people from Iași