Director Cristi Puiu

Production year 2016

Length 173min.

Country Romania


Somewhere in Bucharest, three days after the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris and forty days after his father’s death, 40-year-old doctor Lary spends one Saturday at a family gathering in memory of the deceased. The event does not go as planned. Discussions are heated, fierce differences of opinion arise. Forced to face his fears and his past, and obliged to reconsider his place in the family, Lary is left with no choice but to tell the truth...


Cristi Puiu
Cristi Puiu



Anca Puiu


Cristi Puiu

Director of Photography

Barbu Balasoiu

Production designer

Cristina Barbu


Jean Paul Bernard, Filip Muresan, Christophe Vingtrinier


Letitia Stefanescu


Mimi Branescu, Andi Vasluianu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Dana Dogaru

Production company(ies)

MANDRAGORA - Str. Ghe. Bratianu, nr. 4, ap 2, 011413 Bucharest 1 ROMANIA - T: +40 2 13 16 74 32 - F: +40 2 13 18 46 65 -

Cristi Puiu

While studying cinema at the École Supérieure d’Arts Visuels in Geneva in the 1990s, Cristi Puiu made several short films and documentaries. On his return to Romania, he continued to paint. In 2001, he made his first feature film, Stuff and Dough, a road movie shot with a hand-held camera in a near documentary style. In competition in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section of the Cannes IFF, the film won several awards in various festivals, in particular in Thessaloniki. Winner of the Golden Bear for the best short film at the Berlin IFF in 2004 for Cigarettes and Coffee, Cristi Puiu then shot The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu, which took the Prix Un Certain Regard in Cannes in 2005 as well as several other awards. His film Aurora in 2010 is the second part of a six-part series entitled Six Stories from the Outskirts of Bucharest. Sieranevada is his fourth feature.


Stuff and Dough (2001), Cigarettes and Coffee (2004, short), The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu (2005), Aurora (2010), Sieranevada (2016).

FILMS 2016