Florin Șerban

Before making movies, Florin Serban studied Philosophy in Cluj. After graduation, he took up pedagogy classes, then he received a MA in the Philosophy of Culture and Hermeneutics. He studied at the National University of Theatrical and Cinematographic Art (UNATC), the Film Faculty, Film Directing class. After graduation, he received a scholarship from the Film Faculty of Columbia University in New York. He spent the next five years in the US, taking up a Masters Degree in Film Directing at Columbia University.  

Some of his professors at Columbia University were Tom Kalin (Swoon, Savage Grace) and Eric Mendelsohn (Judy Berlin, 3 Backyards), his screenwriting professor was Adam Brooks (Bridget Jones Diary: The Edge of Reason, Wimbledon) and one of his acting teachers was John Erman (director of over 60 feature films and TV shows, winner of an Emmy Award). He specialized in working with non-professional actors under the guidance of renowned professionals in this field, like Laurent Cantet and Bruno Dumont. 

In his debut feature film, If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, the cast was made up of non-professional actors, ex convicts (Chilibar Papan, Cristian Dumitru, Mihai Svoristeanu), young actors appearing for the first time on the big screen (George Pistereanu, Ada Condeescu) and professional actors (Clara Voda, Mihai Constantin). The film won the Silver Bear – The Grand Jury Prize and the Alfred Bauer Award for innovation in filmmaking at the International Film Festival in Berlin. 

At present, Florin Serban is working on a short film – The Man Who Didn't Say a Thing, and a feature film – Through My Veins. He intends to use non-professional actors and graduates of The Acting School in both of these projects.

 

 

Corneliu Porumboiu

One of the most appreciated directors of the “New Romanian Wave”, Corneliu Porumboiu debuted with 12:08 East of Bucharest (2006), a subtle commedy on post communism era that soon became a Romanian classic. The film was selected in Cannes 2006 and won Camera d’Or. His debut was soon followed by acclaimed Police, Adjective (2009), When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (2013), and The Treasure (2015). In a career span of 10 years, Corneliu won over 25 important international awards. Amongst them Cannes 2006 Un Certain Regard - Label Europa Cinemas; Cannes 2009, Un Certain Regard - Premiul Juriului si FIPRESCI; Cannes 2015 Un Certain Regard - A Certain Talent Prize. 

 

 

Clara Vodă

Clara is one of the most active and apreciated Romanian actresses. She played important parts in movies directed by “New Romanian Wave” directors, together with parts in films directed by classical Romanian directors. Dan Pita - Hotel de lux (1992) - Silver Lion in Venice International Film Festival, Mircea Daneliuc - The Snails’ Senator (1995) - Cannes, Cristi Puiu - Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005) - Certain Regard in Cannes and Aurora (2010) - Cannes,  Florin Serban - If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (2010) - Grand Jury Prize, Alfred Bauer Award at Berlinale, Catalin Mitulescu - Loverboy (2011) - Cannes. She played in theater plays directed by Vlad Mugur, Horatiu Malaele, and Alexandru Darie. Amongst the prizes she won: Gopo for best Romanian actress, Best Theater Actress for role of Ninuccia in De Pretore Vincenzo.

As a teacher, Clara is the same as on the stage or in front ofthe cameras: strong, energetic and generous. 

 

 

Viorica Vatamanu

Viorica Vatamanu is an actress and a well established speech instructor. She played in movies directed by Dan Pița and Sinisa Dragin and in theater plays in Bucharest National Theater and Nottara Theater. Viorica Vatamanu is one of the most respected academic figures in The National University for Theater and Film, and holds a PhD in Dramatic Arts. Her method is based on musical theory and on the belief that speech problems are basically problems of the soul.

 

 

Cristian Crisbășan

Visual artist and writer.

Published work: 

Minor Offences or Our Daily Kitsch, short stories, PRO Foundation Publishing House, Romania (2003); Toxic People, short stories, PRO Foundation Publishing House, Romania (2005); DIGITAL SESSIONS, a personal photography album, DAAB GmbH Publishing House, Koln, Germany (2005); The New Erotic Photography, an anthology of international photography, Taschen Publishing House, Los Angeles, USA (2007); Nude Photography, an anthology of international photography, Loft Publications Publishing House, Barcelona, Spain / FKG (2010); The Big Book Of Pussy, an anthology of international photography, Taschen Publishing House, Los Angeles, USA (2011).

Photographic work published in Artphoto/Pavilion, Art-Hoc, Maxim, Max, But a Magazine, Shopping Report, Sun Time, Styler, Tabu, The Sunday Journal, The Sunday Paper, Madame Figaro Romania.

Photography Exhibitions:

DIGITAL SESSIONS, personal album launch and photography exhibition, Cărtureşti Bookstore, Bucharest (2006); 

VOYEUR - The Ark, The Stock Exchange of Creative Merchandise, Bucharest (2009); 

SUREXPOSITIONS, a collective international exhibition for visual arts,  The Art Museum of Timişoara (2009); 

A-MUSE, ArtMark Galleries of Bucharest (2010).

A-MUSE, Galeriile ArtMark Bucureşti (2010).n private collections in the USA, Germany and Romania.

 

George Piștereanu

While he was still in high school, George made a stunning debut on the big screen with the lead role in If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (2010). For his performance as Silviu in the aforementioned movie directed by Florin Șerban, George Piștereanu won several best actor award, including a nominee for Best European Actor of that year. This remarkable debut was soon followed by lead and supporting roles in art-house movies and TV series such as: Loverboy (2011) - Cannes, You’re Ugly TooY (2015) - Berlin, Casualty (TV series)