Cosmina Stratan

At first, Cosmina got her B.A. in Journalism, worked as a reporter, and news coordinator.  Then, she studied at National School for Political and Administrative Studies. At one point she realized that she wanted something else. She applied to National University for Theater and Film, she was admitted and, in her third year, she got casted by Cristian Mungiu in Beyond the Hills. For playing Voichița she on one of the most important awards a film actor can aspire to, Best Actress at Cannes (ex-aequo with Cristina Flutur), in 2012. Two years later, in 2014, she on shooting stars at the Berlinale.

Cosmina played in over 20 films made in Romania, U.S.A., Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden. She took parts in theater plays directed by Andrei Serban, Gelu Colgeag, Neil Labute, etc.

 

Valeriu Andriuță

Valeriu studied acting in Tblisi, Georgia, and directing at National University for Theater and Film Bucharest. Film and theater actor, theater translator, fiction and documentary film director, Valeriu could be considered a true one-man-show. Initially educated in the purest tradition of Stanislavski’s acting technique, over the years, Valeriu found his own method of approaching the characters he plays.

Valeriu acted in over 30 films in Romania, Russia, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Great Britain, acted in Romanian, Russian, English and Georgian language. In film, he worked with Cristian Mungiu, Serghei Loznitsa, Pavel Lunghin, Florin Serban. He directed theater and, recently, he started directing film.

 

 

Florin Șerban

Before making movies, Florin Șerban studied Philosophy in Cluj and receive M.A. in the Philosophy of Culture and Hermeneutics. He studied Directing at the National University of Theatrical and Cinematographic Art. 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. 

Florin Șerban`s second film, BOX (2015), features as main character young Rafael Florea, one of the graduates of The Acting School. He plays aside professional actors (Hilda Petre, Sorin Leoveanu), other graduates of The Acting School (Narcis Dobrin, Maria Fekete and Robert Soare), and amateur actors (Marian Simion - boxing world champion, Nicolae Motrogan - boxing national and balcanic champion, Leonardo Chirvase - boxing national champion). BOX won FIPRESCI at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and participated in several other film festivals including Toronto Film Festival, BFI, Beijing, Thessaloniki.