Nae Caranfil

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Nae Caranfil
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Born Nicolae Caranfil
(1960-09-07) 7 September 1960 (age 56)
Bucharest, Romania
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, actor
Years active 1983-present

Nae Caranfil (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈna.e karanˈfil]; also Nicolae Caranfil) (born 1960, Bucharest) is a Romanian film director and screenwriter.


Nae Caranfil is the son of important Romanian film historian and critic Tudor Caranfil. He graduated in 1984 from the Caragiale Academy of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography (UNATC) in Bucharest, where he has also taught as a professor.

In the beginning of his career he directed only short films: Venice in September (1983), Thirty Years of Insomnia (1984) and Backstage (1988). Caranfil made his feature film debut with E Pericoloso Sporgersi (1993) and continued with road movie comedy Asfalt tango starring Charlotte Rampling (1996) and with Dolce far niente (1998). His movie Filantropica (2002) was a critical success and attracted lots of popularity for Caranfil. Some consider Nae Caranfil to be the best Romanian director of the 1990s. Nae Caranfil wrote the screenplay for all his movies and worked on the music for the first two of them (E Pericoloso Sporgersi and Asfalt-tango).

In 2011, Caranfil began production on the English-language feature film Closer to the Moon. An early version of the script entitled Alice în Ţara Tovarăşilor (Alice in the Land of Comrades) won a grant of €576,600 from the National Centre of Cinema in 2007. The story is based on the 1959 bank robbery in Communist Romania for which a group known as the Ioanid Gang were convicted and sentenced to death. As they awaited execution, the prisoners were forced to film a reenactment of their crime. Closer to the Moon stars Mark Strong, Vera Farmiga, Harry Lloyd, Joe Armstrong, Christian McKay, Tim Plester, Anton Lesser and Allan Corduner. Filming took place in Bucharest in the autumn of 2011.[1][2][3] Closer to the Moon premiered at the Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema festival at Lincoln Center on 29 November 2013. Variety called the film "a surprisingly entertaining black comedy."[4]


  • 2009 Gopo Award for The Rest Is Silence
  • 2003 Würzburg International Filmweekend - Audience Award for Filantropica
  • 2002 Mons International Festival of Love Films - Young European Jury Award for Filantropica
  • 2002 Paris Film Festival - Public Prize for Filantropica
  • 2002 Wiesbaden goEast - Special Jury Award for Filantropica
  • 1998 Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film - Golden Bayard Award for Best Screenplay for Dolce far niente
  • 1993 Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival - Critics Award for E Pericoloso Sporgersi

Filmography as director[edit]


  1. ^ Blaga, Iulia (6 September 2011). "Closer to the Moon Starts Shooting in Bucharest". Film New Europe. Archived from the original on 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  2. ^ Sauciuc, Gloria. "Closer to the Moon, by Nae Caranfil, is filming from September 5", Cinemagia (Romanian), 2 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  3. ^ Ciuverca, Florentina. "Nae Caranfil: '70% of this film actually happened, the remaining 75% are fairy tales'", Film Reporter (Romanian), 4 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  4. ^ Scheib, Ronnie. "Film Review: Closer to the Moon", Variety, 6 December 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-11.

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