Cristi Puiu

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Cristi Puiu
Born Cristian Emilian Puiu
(1967-04-03)3 April 1967
Bucharest, Romania
Spouse(s) Anca Puiu

Cristi Puiu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈkristi ˈpuju]; born 3 April 1967) is a Romanian film director and screenwriter.

Son of Iuliana and Emilian Puiu he lives in Bucharest and is married to Anca Puiu. He and Anca have 3 children – Smaranda, Ileana and Zoe.

In year 2004 he founded with Anca Puiu and Alex Munteanu the Romanian cinema production company Mandragora.

Puiu's first interest in art was painting and in 1992, he was admitted as a student at the Painting Department of Ecole 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) 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 film, The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu (Moartea domnului Lăzărescu) (2005), features the drama of an old man who is carried by an ambulance from hospital to hospital all night long, as doctors keep refusing 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.

The year 2006 brought 47 prizes for his film The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu (Moartea domnului Lăzărescu) (2005), several nominations in the American Critics' top 10[1] and in French magazines such as Telerama and Les Inrockuptibles.


Cristi Puiu co-wrote the screenplays of both of his feature films Stuff and Dough (2001) and The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu (2005) with Romanian writer Răzvan Radulescu. His short film Cigarettes and Coffee (2004) was also written by him. Also in collaboration with Răzvan Radulescu, Cristi Puiu wrote the screenplay for Niki and Flo for 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[edit]

Puiu intends to make a series of six movies entitled Six Stories from the Outskirts of Bucharest to answer Éric Rohmer's Six Moral Tales series. He intends the series to consist of six love stories, The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu being the first story about love for one's fellow man.

The next five films should be about 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 already has a synopsis ready for each of these films. The second film, Aurora, is scheduled to be screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


Filmography as director[edit]


  1. ^ American Critics Top 10, Best Movies of 2006, Ranked 13th overall, present on 88 lists with 18 top spots. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Hollywood Reporter: Cannes Lineup". hollywoodreporter. Retrieved 2010-04-16. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Death of Mr. Lazarescu". Retrieved 2009-12-12. 

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