Palme d'Or / Cristian Mungiu

Cristian Mungiu (born April 27, 1968, Iaşi), Romanian director, writer, producer.

Cristian Mungiu is the brother of 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 in Bucharest to study film directing.

After graduating in 1998, Mungiu made several short films. In 2002, he debuted with his first feature film, Occident. Occident enjoyed critical success, winning prizes in several film festivals 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 eventually won the coveted Palme d'Or for feature film, marking the first time that prize was awarded to a Romanian filmmaker. The film won also the Cinema Prize of the French National Education System and the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes, the Best Director and Best Film awards at the 2007 European Film Awards, and other awards at several important film festivals.