Cristian Mungiu was born on April 27, 1968 in Iasi, Romania. He is a writer and director, known for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), Beyond the Hills (2012) and Graduation(2016).
After studying English literature at the University of Iasi, he worked as a teacher and as a journalist for some years.
Cristian Mungiu studied directing at the ‘National University of Theatre and Film “I.L.Caragiale” (UNATC)’ in Bucharest, Romania and graduated in 1998. Established in 1954 and named after classic playwright Ion Luca Caragiale (1852-1912), the public university has faculties for theatre and film and offers programs in Directing, Acting, Cinematography, Editing, Sound, Audiovisual Communication and Multimedia. Prominent graduates include Lucian Pintilie, Radu Gabrea, Cãlin Peter Netzer, Corneliu Porumboiu, Radu Muntean, Florin Serban, Oleg Mutu, Mihai Malaimare Jr., Dana Bunescu, Cosmina Stratan and George Pistereanu.
First Romanian director to win the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007).
After his victory at Cannes Mungiu received a medal from the Romanian president and the key to his hometown.
He was born into a doctor’s family. His sister Alina Mungiu-Pippidi is a noted political analyst.
In 2013 he received the French honor ‘L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ for his contributions to cinema.
Member of the ‘Official Competition’ jury at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival in 2013.
Member of the ‘Official Competition’ jury at the 14th Marrakech International Film Festival in 2014.
In 2003 Cristian Mungiu founded together with director/writer/actor/musician Hanno Höfer and cinematographer Oleg Mutu the production company ‘Mobra Films’.
Speaks English, French and Romanian fluently.
Member of the ‘Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ (AMPAS) since 2016.
President of the ‘Short Films and Cinéfondation Jury’ at the 70th Cannes International Film Festival in 2017.
President of the ‘Official Competition’ jury at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival in 2017.
In 2017 he was awarded the French Legion of Honor in the rank of Knight, which represents the recognition of the French Republic’s President for his services to France.