“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 was born in Iaşi, Romania.
He started as a journalist for the written press in the late 80s, then he continued with radio and television. After studies of English, he was a teacher for a while. After studies of film in Bucharest, he started writing screenplays and making short films.
His first feature, Occident, was premiered in Quinzaine des Realisateurs in Cannes in 2002 and travelled in more than 50 festivals. In 2007, his second feature, 4 month, 3 weeks and 2 days, was awarded the Golden Palme in Cannes. Beyond the Hills, his third feature as writer/director was awarded for Best Screenplay and Best actresses in Cannes 2012. His most recent film as a writer / director, Graduation was awarded in Cannes in 2016 for Best director.
He co-founded the production company Mobra Films in 2003. The most recent film the company co-produced is Sisters Brothers (Best Director in Venice 2018).
He founded the distribution company Voodoo Films in 2006 through which he introduced to the Romanian audience authors such as Jim Jarmusch, Andrei Zvyagintsev, Nuri Bilge Ceylan or Carlos Reygadas.
He co-founded a couple of film festivals in Romania: Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest and American Independent Film Festival.