Palme d'Or / Cristi Puiu

Cristi Puiu (born April 3, 1967), Romanian film director and screenwriter.

Puiu's first interest in art was painting and in 1992, he was admitted as a student at the Painting Department of École Superieure d'Arts Visuels in Geneva. After the first year he switched to film studies at the same school and graduated in 1996. After returning to Romania, Cristi Puiu started directing and writing his first films, generally enjoying critical success.

Cristi Puiu's debut as a director was in 2001 with the low budget road movie Stuff and Dough (Marfa şi Banii). The film received several awards in international film festivals and competed in the Quinzaines des Realisateurs section of the Cannes Film Festival. 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 and the UIP Prize for best short film at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival.

His second film, The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu (Moartea domnului Lăzărescu) (2005), was a critical success, being awarded with Prix Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival. Year 2006 brought 47 prizes for his film, and a lot of nominees in American Critics Top 10 and in France also for magazines as Telerama and Les Inrockuptibles. (from Wikipedia)