Exile and identity are themes dear to the French director who came from a family persecuted by Nazis and who fled the dictatorship of his native Romania in the 1980s. It was in 1993 that Radu Mihaileanu made his first feature film, Trahir, which recounts the struggles of a dissident Romanian poet with the Stalinist regime, but it is with his second feature film, Train de vie, awarded at the Venice Mostra in 1998 and twice nominated at Les César the following year, that he achieved international recognition. His next film, the drama Va, vis et deviens, four times nominated at Les César, won the award for best original screenplay. In 2010, his film Le Concert is rewarded and again five times nominated at Les César. Two years later his next film La Source des Femmes will be multi-nominated at Cannes and César 2012.
Invited to the festival’s 10th anniversary in 2018, Radu Mihaileanu returned to us after chairing the jury that rewarded Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, for the Bulgarian film Glory in 2016.