Cristi Puiu

Romania 153 min Fiction


Mr. Lazarescu is 63 years old and lives in a block of flats, together with Nusu, Mirandolina and Fritz, his three cats. His wife died eight years ago and Bianca, his daughter, has moved to Canada. It’s a Saturday evening. Mr. Lazarescu doesn’t feel too well, so he calls for the Ambulance. At the hospital, things get complicated. What looked initially like a simple formality the admission to the hospital and the monitoring of an old man who’s been throwing up and complains of a headache- turns into a nightmare. As the night develops, the paramedic drives around Bucharest, trying to find a hospital that will accept the patient, whose health is deteriorating at an alarming rate.


Cristi Puiu

He is one of the most prominent directors on the contemporary scene, the initiator of what is considered the new wave of Romanian cinema. His film The Death of Mr. Lazarescu won the Un Certain Regard competition at Cannes, and since then all of his films have gone through the most important festivals. With Sieranevada, his fourth feature film, he won the Chicago Film Festival, and with Malmkrog he was awarded in Seville.

Filmography: MMXX (2023, D'A 2024), Malmkrog (2020, D'A 2021), Sieranevada (2016), Three Interpretation Exercises (2013), Aurora (2010, D'A 2011), The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005, D'A 2013), Cigarettes and Coffee (short film, 2004), Stuff and Dough (2001)

Cristi Puiu

Film information

Original Title: Moartea domnului Lăzărescu
Director: Cristi Puiu
Script: Cristi Puiu, Razvan Radulescu
With: Ioan Fiscuteanu, Doru Ana, Monica Barladeanu, Luminita Gheorghiu
Country: Romania
Year: 2005
Format: 35 mm
Length: 153 min
Language: Romanian
Subtitles: Spanish, English
Edition: 2013