Romania
Corneliu Porumboiu

Corneliu Porumboiu

Born in 1975 in Romania, he graduated from the Bucharest University of Drama and Film in 2003. His short films LIVIU'S DREAM (2003), GONE WITH THE WINE (2002), and A TRIP TO THE CITY (2003) won him several international awards, including a Prix de la Cinéfondation in Cannes 2004. After being a resident of Cinéfondation, he directed his first feature 12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST in 2005, which premiered at the Directors' Fortnight 2006.

Corneliu Porumboiu
Cristi Puiu

Cristi Puiu

Cristi Puiu was born in Bucharest in 1967. As a student in the Painting Department of the École Supérieure d'Arts Visuels in Geneva, he shot several short films and documentaries in the 1990’s. After he returned to Romania, he continued to paint and co-wrote screenplays with Razvan Radulescu and Lucian Pintilie. In 2001, he made his first feature film, STUFF AND DOUGH, a road movie filmed with a hand-held camera in a near documentary style. It was invited to the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and won prizes at festivals, notably in Thessaloniki (Greece). In 2004 he won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Festival for his short film CIGARETTES AND COFFEE. THE DEATH OF MISTER LAZARESCU won the Un Certain Regard Prize in Cannes in 2005, as well as many other awards. AURORA is the second instalment of the Six Stories from the outskirts of Bucharest series and is Cristi Puiu’s third feature film.

Cristi Puiu