The World According To Ion B.
The World According To Ion B.

The World According To Ion B.

Director Alexander Nanau

Production year 2009

Length 60min.

Country Romania


The story of the film starts in 2008. Ion B is a 62 year-old homeless man living in Bucharest. As a young man, he had dreamed of becoming a film director. In the 70’s he started creating collages that he refers to as “my films”. In 2008, a young gallery owner heard by chance about Ion and his work.
The homeless man showed him a collection of old suitcases filled with almost 1000 collages he had made between the 70’s and the 90’s. A year later, in 2009, Ion lives in his own home and has become one of the most important contemporary Romanian artists.
This is a story of a genuine artist living on the margins of society, creating art in its purest form. For himself.


International Emmy Award for Arts Programming | , , 2010

Best Documentary | Romanian National Film Award, Romania, 2010

Best Balkan Documentary | Dokufest, Prizren, Kosovo, 2010


Alexander Nanau
Alexander Nanau



Andrei Creţulescu, Aurelian Nica, Alexander Nanau


Alexander Nanau

Director of Photography

Alexander Nanau

Music by

Dan Provu


Vlad Voinescu, Filip Mureşan


Mircea Olteanu

Production company(ies)

HBO Romania

Alexander Nanau

Born 1979, Bucharest, Romania. Nanau has been living in Germany since 1990. He’s been working on international film- and TV productions, mainly as 1st Assistant Director. He studied film directing at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. From 2002 and until 2007 he’s worked as 1st Assistant Director and later as Co-Director to Germany’s leading theatre director Peter Zadek in several theatre productions across Europe. In addition, he’s been working as a photographer. He also made his own short films and documentaries.


The Kindergarten in the Glastour (2000), Image of an Enemy (2001), JՓrg alias Kyabchock – Actor – Buddhist – Monch (2003), Wildwechsel (2004), Ein Stock in die Speichen (2005), The Letter (2005), Peter Zadek inszeniert Peer Gynt (2006), The World according to Ion B. (2008/2009), It’s a matter of life and death (2008/2009)

FILMS 2011