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Romanian film directors Mungiu and Puiu – in Cannes official selection lineup

Cristian Mungiu’s “Baccalaureat” and Cristi Puiu’s “Sierra Nevada” have been selected in the official lineup of the 2016 Cannes Festival 2016 taking place May 11 – 22, the organisers announced in a press conference.

“Baccalaureat,” directed by Cristian Mungiu (photo), is a film about the challenges of paternity. Adrian Titieni and Vlad Ivanov are two of the cast members.

The action in Cristi Puiu’s film “Sierra Nevada” takes place during a wake. The film features Bogdan Dumitrache and Mimi Branescu.

Cristian Mungiu is the recipient of the 2007 Palme d’Or for “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.” He returned in 2012 to the festival’s competition with “Beyond the Hills,” which earned him two awards: best screenplay and best actress (Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan).

Cristi Puiu won the 2005 Un Certain Regard Prize in Cannes for “The Death of Mr Lazarescu.” In 2010, he was selected for the same section of the festival, with “Aurora.”

The jury who will designate the Palme d’Or winner from among the films presented between May 11 and 22 is headed by Australian filmmaker George Miller, the director of the “Mad Max” series.

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