Born Apr 3, 1967. From Bucharest, Romania.
Hailing from Bucharest, Cristi Puiu originally studied painting at the Superior School of Visual Arts of Geneva before settling on film studies. Puiu debuted as a director in 2001 with his award winning Stuff and Dough, which he followed up with The Death of Mr. Lazarescu. The latter film received the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes. The director has been credited in some circles as starting the Romanian New Wave.