Radu Jude (Romanian: [ˈradu ˈʒude]; born March 28, 1977) is a Romanian film director and screenwriter.

Radu Jude
Radu Jude - IFFR 2020.jpg
Born (1977-03-28) March 28, 1977 (age 42)
Alma materMedia University of Bucharest
OccupationDirector, Screenwriter
Years active2002–present


In 2003, Jude graduated the Media University of Bucharest – Film Directing Department. He worked as an assistant director for feature films like Amen, directed by Costa-Gavras and Moartea domnului Lazarescu, directed by Cristi Puiu. He directed several short films, among them Corp la corp (2003), Marea Neagră (2004), Lampa cu căciulă (2006) – the most awarded Romanian short film of all times, winner of grand prizes at Sundance, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Grimstad, Hamburg, Bilbao, Huesca, Trieste, Montpellier, Cottbus, Aspen, IndieLisboa, Brussels, Mediawave, Kraków, Almería, Valencia, Uppsala and selected, among others, at Toronto, Telluride, New Directors/New Films Festival, Tampere, Rotterdam, Dimineața (2007), Alexandra (2007) – selected in over 30 festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand, San Francisco, Cottbus or Oberhausen (where he won the Grand Prix). Jude also directed over 100 commercials.[1]

Cea mai fericită fată din lume represents his feature debut.[2] Before the theatrical release in Romania, Cea mai fericită fată din lume won the CICAE Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, the FIPRESCI Award ( International Federation of Film Critics ) at the Sofia International Film Festival, the Prize for Best Screenplay at the Bucharest International Film Festival and FIPRESCI Prize at IndieLisboa. The film was selected in ACID Programme at 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

In 2011, he directed and produced the independent Film pentru prieteni. His feature film Toată lumea din familia noastră (2012) premiered at the Berlinale Forum and received the Heart of Sarajevo Award and the Bayard d'Or in Namur, among other awards.[3]

Jude's Aferim! [4] won the Silver Berlin Bear for Best Director at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival [5]. The movie was also nominated at Tribeca Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, AFI Fest, London Film Festival or Berlin International Film Festival. The film was selected as the Romanian official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards reaching the short list but in the end not scoring the nomination. [6]

Jude returns at Berlin International Film Festival in 2020 with his new film 'Uppercase Print', the story of Mugur Calinescu, a Romanian teenager who wrote protest graffiti messages against the communist regime of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and was subsequently apprehended, interrogated, and ultimately crushed by the secret police. [7]. The film will screen in the Forum section of the Berlinale as world premiere.

Jude will have a double presence at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival presenting as well his documentary film 'Iesirea trenurilor din gara', co-directed with Adrian Cioflanca. [8]




  • Scarred Hearts (screenplay, based on Max Blecher novel, 2016)
  • Aferim! (screenplay, 2015)
  • Trece și prin perete (writer, 2014)
  • Toată lumea din familia noastră (screenplay, 2012)
  • Film pentru prieteni (writer, 2011)
  • My Tired Father (co-writer, 2011)
  • Stanka se pribira vkashti (2010)
  • Cea mai fericită fată din lume (2009)
  • Dimineața (short, 2007)
  • Alexandra (short, 2006)

Assistant directorEdit


  • Trece și prin perete (2014)
  • Film pentru prieteni (2011)
  • Alexandra (2006)


  1. ^ "Radu Jude". Cinemagia (in Romanian).
  2. ^ "Radu Jude, regizor: "Mă influențează viața mea și a celor din jur"". Adevărul (in Romanian). 14 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Radu Jude". Festival Scope.
  4. ^ "Aferim! by Radu Jude Review". Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ "Aferim! wins the Silver Berlin Bear for Best Director". Deadline Hollywood.
  6. ^ "Aferim!, Romania's entry for the Foreign Language Academy Awards won the Silver Berlin Bear for Best Director". LA Times.
  7. ^ "Uppercase Print". Screen Daily.
  8. ^ "Iesirea trenurilor din gara, by Radu Jude and Adrian Cioflanca". Indie Wire.