Cristian Mungiu, the road from Stomatology to Cannes

I love beginning my week with good news and being happy as I am, I have to spread the news, so that more people know. The Romanian producer, Cristian Mungiu, received on Sunday night, at the Cannes Film Festival, the prize for the best director.


I really like people who give their best when it comes to their profession. No matter what that is. And I like even more when I discover people that exceed other people’s expectations and wow them. Cristian Mungiu is just like that. It’s fascinating how he came to be, after having a lot of talent and dedication to his work, one of the award winners – and this isn’t his first. It’s even more fascinating when he almost became a doctor when he was younger. Yes, you read right. J

After taking an exam to get into MED school (following the family tradition), Stomatology specialization, and failed, today’s producer got in at the Foreign Language University and, for a while, he was a teacher at the Hospital Secondary School. But he wanted to try to get into another college, so he chose Production. His father says that if he had not got into Production, his son would have been a random dentist. So here he is, a famous producer.:)


An award winning producer in Cannes. I find it extraordinary that, for years and years, Romanians are proud representatives at the Film Festival and it’s rare for them to return home without an award.

’’Bacalaureat’’, the award winning film on Sunday, tells us the story of a doctor from a small provincial town that has to decide upon the best road to take for his child, having as a context today’s Romanian society, according to the film synopsis.

Alongside Cristian Mungiu, from the Romanian team of ambassadors we remind Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Lia Bugnar, Malina Manovici, Vlad Ivanov, Rares Andrici, alongside the cinematographer– Tudor Vladimir Panduru, scenography – Simona Paduretu,  but also the film director Adrian Moroca and the executive producer – Tudor Reu.

epa05317290 (L-R) Romanian actor Adrian Titieni, Romanian actress Maria Dragus, Romanian director Cristian Mungiu, Romanian actress Malina Manovici, Romanian actor Rares Andrici and guests arrive for the screening of 'Bacalaureat' during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, 19 May 2016. The movie is presented in the Official Competition of the festival which runs from 11 to 22 May. EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

The award from Cannes is, mes cheries, a good opportunity for me to tell you, please go to the cinema. But not only now, when ’’Bacalaureat’’ is on the big screen, but always. Because the art in cinemas needs our support. I, myself, can’t wait to see the movie.

You should go and see it too, ok?


*Cristian Mungiu was born in Iasi in 1968, and he is four years younger than his sister, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, psychiatrist, known as a political scientist.

Cristian Mungiu received the Palme d’Or award,  the grand award at the Canned Film Festival, for the movie ‚’’4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days’’. He returned to the competition afterwards with the movie ‚’Beyond the Hills’’, in 2012. Then, his movie received two awards: best script and best screenplay (Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan).

You can watch the trailer for „Bacalaureat” at:

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