Radu Mihaileanu
Director, Author and Producer
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Honorary President of the LUX Prize Selection Panel 2012.


Radu Mihaileanu was born in Bucharest, in 1958, in a Yiddish-speaking Jewish family. In 1980, Radu Mihaileanu fled the country under the control of the dictator Ceaucescu and  reached France where he embarked a career as assistant director to Marco Ferreri, Fernando Trueba and others directors.

In 1992 he released his first film, Trahir, while in 1998 Train de vie won him international renown: Oscar nominations for best script and best actor, the Fipresci prize at Venice, the People’s Choice Award at Sundance and the David di Donatello for best foreign film. His third feature film, Va, vis et deviens about a Christian, Ethiopian boy pretending to be a Jew in order to immigrate to Israel for survival purposes, was an instant hit worldwide. The film sold 150,000 DVDs in France alone and won over 30 awards such as the César for Best Screenplay, Public Award at the Berlin Festival, Best Film and Best Screenplay at the Copenhagen Festival etc. In 2009, Mihaileanu released his fourth feature film entitled Le concert and last year in the Competition of the festival de Cannes La source des femmes.


In 2008, Mihaileanu was named European Ambassador of Intercultural Dialogue (by the European Commission) and in 2009, European Ambassador for Creativity and Innovation.


He's very active at the European political level, working for the promotion and protection of European cinema.