Parrain de la Fabrique Cinéma de l'Institut Français 2018
Cristian Mungiu, the leader of the new wave of Romanian cinema, revealed his talent in the mid 2000s, when he won the Palme d'Or in 2007 for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. As one of the greatest filmmakers in the world today, he earned this accolade. His other feature films, Occident (2002), Beyond the Hills (2012) and Graduation (2016), are all evidence of this. However, Mungiu is not solely focused on his own work: he plays a key role in the Romanian film industry – as a producer, as the manager of the Cannes Film Festival in Bucharest (which he founded) and as the overseer of the collective film Tales from the Golden Age (2009).
He has helped to discover and support young directors, setting up organizations to produce and broadcast films and fostering dialogue between his country and major international filmmakers. Cristian Mungiu is an artist and a strategist, demanding but open to new trends. As such, he is the perfect choice for the patron of the tenth edition of the Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut français.