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Workshop: October 5, 1pm, Wiener Urania/ Dachsaal. Duration: 120 min.
Screening: The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (ROU 2005, 153 min.) on October 3, 8.15pm, Urania Kino/Dachsaal
The Romanian director won the price in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival with The Death of Lăzărescu. In Berlin, he received the Golden Bear for the best short film.

The participation in LET’S CEE Master Classes costs either EUR 30 (regular) or EUR 25 (for students with ID). The price includes the workshop plus the corresponding cinema ticket – except for the Master Classes with István Szabó and Milcho Manchevski, however, having seen the particular movie is not a prerequisite to attend the respective workshop. All Master Classes will be held in English. If you want to register for our Master Classes or just need more information, please contact

Cristi Puiu is one of Romania’s most acknowledged film directors. After having studied painting and directing in Geneva, he presented a very promising debut film in 2001 with Stuff and Dough. His second piece of work, the short film Cigarettes and Coffee, was even awarded a Silver Bear at the Berlinale Film Festival. But Puiu was also successful as a screenplay writer with, among others, Niki and Flo by Romanian directing legend Lucian Pintilie. Puiu’s final breakthrough, however, came in 2005 with The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu, a film hailed both by critics and the audience. The drama won the price in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival, and Puiu himself was nominated for the European Film Award in the category of directors. The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu’s ironical face-off with Romania’s health system is regarded as the first milestone in Romania’s new wave cinema - and Cristi Puiu as its pioneer.


Cristi Puiu

Cristi Puiu

Director Bridges of Sarajevo
Director The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
Lecturer Master Classes

Master Class Cristi Puiu


Master Classes




Sunday 05.10.

13:00 Urania, mittlerer Saal