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An extended family gathers to mourn their deceased patriarch. Once-successful neurologist Lary, now a salesman for medical appliances, meets his whole clan in a tiny four-room apartment. It’s been 40 days since his father passed away, and the ceremony turns into confrontation rather than consolation for Lary. Since THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU (2005), director Cristi Puiu has been one of the most well-known Romanian filmmakers.

tags: Family, Society, Feature film, Death

Cast: Mimi Brănescu, Judith State, Bogdan Dumitrache, Dana Dogaru, Sorin Medeleni


Screenplay: Cristi Puiu

Director of Photography: Barbu Bălăsoiu

Film Editor: Letitia Stefanescu, Ciprian Cimpoi, Iulia Muresan

Production Designer: Cristina Barbu

Costume Design: Maria Pitea, Doina Raducut

Sound: Jean Paul Bernard, Filip Muresan, Christophe Vingtrinier

Producer: Anca Puiu

Production Company: Mandragora

Co-Producer: Laurence Clerc, Olivier Thery Lapinez

Co-Production Company: Alcatraz Films

World Sales: Elle Driver

Director: Cristi Puiu


Cristi Puiu was born in Bucharest in 1967. After the end of Communism, he studied painting at the Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Visuels in Geneva, and then turned to filmmaking. Back in Romania, he shot his first award-winning feature STUFF AND DOUGH (2002), which was invited to the Quinzaine in Cannes. Puiu won the Golden Bear in Berlin for his short CIGARETTES AND COFFEE (2004). THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU (2005) screened in competition in Cannes, AURORA (2010) in the section Un Certain Regard.