Cristina Flutur (born in Iași, Romania) is a Romanian film and theatre actress.
In 2012 she made her debut in cinema, portraying the complex Alina Ringhis, main character in Cristian Mungiu's praised drama, Beyond the Hills. For her outstanding performance in this film she received the Best Actress Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Before 2012, she performed for several years in theatre productions, both in Romania, on the stage of the Radu Stanca National Theatre in Sibiu, and abroad, when on tour to Kiev, Sarajevo, Helsinki, Turku, Sankt-Petersburg, Skopjie, Trabzon, Ljiubljana, Naples, Bogota, Rome.
She spent her childhood and her teenage years in Iași, Romania.
In the year 2000, after finishing high school, mathematics and physics department, she decided to study Romanian and English languages and literature, along with American literature, at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in her hometown. Meantime, Cristina was a member of the Ludic Theatre, a company of amateur theatre for students.
Nevertheless, after graduating from her first faculty, in 2004, she decided to get seriously into acting and became a student at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, studying acting with Miklos Bacs (actor at the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj) and Irina Wintze (actress at the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre).
Right after finishing her studies at the drama department of Babeș-Bolyai University in 2004, she became an actress for the Radu Stanca National Theatre in Sibiu, Romania. Here she performed in many productions, both classical and modern, under the guidance of famous Romanian and foreign directors: Alexandru Dabija, Radu Alexandru Nica, Gavriil Pinte, Andrei Șerban, Vlad Massaci, Tompa Gabor, Silviu Purcărete, Rodica Radu, Alexander Hausvater, Adriana Popovici, Florin Zamfirescu, Andrij Zholdak, Robert Raponja.
During FITS, the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, she also played many roles in reading performances, recorded for the radio.
She performed at the Radu Stanca National Theatre in Sibiu till the summer of 2013, when she moved to Bucharest as a freelancer.
Theatre productions 2004-2013:
- "Platonov" by A.P.Chekhov, directed by Al. Dabija, role: Alexandra Ivanovna;
- "Time for Love, Time for Death" by Fritz Kater, directed by Radu Alexandru Nica, roles: a pupil, the teacher, the storyteller;
- "Turandot" adapted from Carlo Gozzi, directed by Andrij Zholdak, role: Turandot;
- "The Guide of a Regained Childhood", by Andrei Codrescu, directed by Gavriil Pinte, role: Dulcea;
- "Metamorphosis" adapted from Publius Ovidius Naso, directed by Silviu Purcarete, performance based on improvisations;
- "Love Factory" by Darko Lukic, directed by Robert Raponja, role: Marie Duplessis;
- "Life with an Idiot" adapted from Victor Erofeev, directed by Andrij Zholdak, role: The Wife;
- "Othello?!" adapted from William Shakespeare, directed by Andrij Zholdak, role: Desdemona;
- "Today Is No Smoking Day" by Iustin Panta, directed by Gavriil Pinte, role: Iustina;
- "The Seagull" by A.P.Chekhov, directed by Andrei Serban, role: Nina Zarechnaya;
- "Plasticine" by Vasili Sigariev, directed by Vlad Massaci, role: Spira;
- "Rhinoceros" by Eugene Ionesco, directed by Tompa Gabor, role: The Waitress;
- "Pantagruel's Sister-in-Law" adapted from Rabelais, directed by Silviu Purcarete, performance based on improvisations;
- "The Human Voice" by Jean Cocteau, directed by Rodica Radu, one-woman show;
- "Derby – an improvisation championship" directed by Alexander Hausvater, performance based on improvisations;
- "Sweet Thursday" adapted from John Steinbeck, directed by Adriana Popovici, role: Ida;
- "The Clouds", by Aristophanes, directed by Florin Zamfirescu.
Theatre plays in Bucharest:
- 2017 - "Three Sisters", by A.P.Chekhov, directed by Gavriil Pinte, role: Masha, Radio drama for Radio Romania Cultural;
- 2017-2018 - "Konkurs", adapted from Al. Galin, directed by Emanuel Parvu, role: Nina Ionescu, Metropolis Theatre.
In 2011 Cristina Flutur was called for an audition for a part in the new feature by the Romanian Golden Palm winner, Cristian Mungiu. After a few screen tests, she was offered one of the main roles, that of a troubled girl brought up in an orphanage, Alina Ringhis.
Acclaimed both by the critics and by the audience for her impecable, most authentic, powerful and touching performance, she won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.
One year later, in 2013, Cristina Flutur started her first project in a foreign language, performing in French the role of Cristina Boico in the TV mini-series "Resistance". Cristina Boico was a Romanian Jewish woman who fought for the French Resistance during the Second World War. Produced by Alain Goldman, the producer of "La mome", the mini-series casts also Fanny Ardant, Richard Berry et Isabelle Nanty and was broadcast in the spring of 2014 on TF1 (France) and RTS Un (Switzerland) and in 2015 on More4 (UK), being nominated in 2015 for Best TV movie at the Globes de Cristal Award.
In 2014 she started shooting for her first feature film in English in an international co-production. The film is directed by the Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu and it had its premiere in 2017 at the Sarajevo Film Festival. Later that year it won the Grand Prix at Tokyo International Film Festival.
- Backdraft II (USA), feature film, 2018, directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego, role: Mother;
- Cu unul in plus/Just One More (Romania), short film, 2018, directed by Valeriu Andriuta, role: Marina;
- Sa nu ucizi/Thou Shalt Not Kill (Romania), feature film, 2018, directed by Gabi Sarga & Catalin Rotaru, role: Sofia;
- When I Die the World Ends (Sweden/Greece/Germany), short film, 2018, directed by Jennifer Rainsford, role: Anna-Helen;
- Hawaii (Romania), feature film, 2017, directed by Jesus del Cerro, role: Ioana Balan;
- Grain (film) (Turkey/Germany), feature film, 2017, directed by Semih Kaplanoglu, role: Alice;
- Fragments of Gabi (Belgium/Romania), short film, 2016, directed by Jaro Minne, role: Gabi;
- Raisa (Austria/Moldova/Romania), short film, 2015, directed by Pavel Cuzuioc, role: Raisa Poiana;
- Resistance (France), TV mini-series (TF1, RTS Un & More4), 2014, directed by David Delrieux & Miguel Courtois; produced by Alain Goldman, role: Cristina Boico;
- Dupa dealuri/Beyond the Hills (Romania/Belgium/France), feature film, 2012, directed by Cristian Mungiu, role: Alina Ringhis.
- 2012 Best Actress Award - 2012 Cannes Film Festival, for the role Alina Ringhis in "Beyond the Hills", directed by Cristian Mungiu;
- 2013 "Woman of the Year 2012", "Ambassador of the Romanian Art Abroad", offered by "Avantaje" magazine, Bucharest, Romania;
- 2017 Honorary Tribute Award - Aswan International Women Film Festival, Egypt;
- 2018 Nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role - Romanian Gopo Awards, for the role Ioana in "Hawaii", directed by Jesus del Cerro;
- 2018 Debut Award for the role of Masha in "Three Sisters", a radio drama directed by Gavriil Pinte;
- 2010 "Diploma for Excellency", granted by the Ministry of Culture for her work on the stage of Radu Stanca National Theatre, Sibiu, Romania.
- - "Cannes Awards 2012" , official website of Cannes Film Festival, May 2012.
- -"Un premiu Cannes pentru Cristina Flutur" "Tribuna" website, May 2012.
- - "Proiectele teatrale ale câștigătoarei Cannes, Cristina Flutur" "Sibiul.ro" website, May 2012.
- - ""La mome" official website" , official website of the movie, February 2014.
- Cristina Flutur, imdb.com