Critically-acclaimed and award-winning Romanian director and screenwriter Cristi Puiu is often labeled as one of the founders of the Romanian New Wave, even though he rejects this label. His first feature film The Death of Mr. Lazarescu has won him the Un Certain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival 2005. After his next film Aurora (2010), for which he wrote the script, did the direction and played the main character, Puiu wrote and directed Sieranevada, which was selected in the Palme d’Or competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2016. Malmkrog, his most recent film has been selected in the new competition section of the Berlinale, Encounters. According to his own statement, "cinema is about truth", and with this view he shares Astra Film Festival's vision and has been one of its most valued collaborators for the past two decades.