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Romanian Directors Compete at New York Film Fest

Two Romanian films have been selected for the 2016 New York Film Festival’s Main Slate, set to begin for the 54th time next month.

Mungiu’s Bacalaureat/Graduation crew in Cannes. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Georges Biard .

Cristian Mungiu’s Bacalaureat/Graduation and Cristi Puiu’s Sieranevada are participating in September’s main lineup of a famed New York Film Festival.

Mungiu, 48, and his movie received international recognition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, when he won the Best Director award. He is one of the most respected and best-known directors in Romania.

He won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 with 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. Another one of his movies, Beyond the Hills, won the Best Screenplay award at Cannes in 2012.

Mungiu has also been invited to join the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which decides the winners of the Oscar prizes.

Puiu is best known for his 2005 dark comedy Moartea Domnului Lazarescu/The Death of Mr Lazarescu, which won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes in the same year.

Apart from that one, the 49-year-old film director and screenwriter has received a number of domestic and international awards.

Puiu’s Sieranevada was also selected in the Cannes Festival’s main competition this year.

Apart from Mungiu and Puiu, another Romanian is going to the Cannes festival this year. German film Toni Erdmann, whose executive producer is the Romanian Ada Solomon, is also part of the official selection.

The 54th New York Film Festival kicks off on September 30 and lasts until October 16. A total of 25 films from around the globe have been selected for the festival’s Main Slate.

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