Ilie, a small-town police chief, wants to build a modest comfortable life for himself, but ends up making the wrong choices. Middle-aged and alienated, he feels the need to be a part of something – to build an orchard, even a home. Although dubious things happen in the village, Ilie only sees what suits him. The moment he gets involved in the village marks the beginning of his collapse. In a vacuum of solutions, he tries to be what he has never been before: the justice seeker who arrests everyone guilty.
He studied film directing at the National Film School in Bucharest. His short films were selected in many international festivals such as Cannes Critics’ Week or Berlinale. His debut film, A Month in Thailand premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2012, while his second feature, Two Lottery Tickets, became one of the most successful Romanian film at the box office. The Story of a Summer Lover, his third feature, was distributed by Netflix in over 30 territories.
Filmography: Men of Deeds (2022, D'A 2023), The Story Of A Summer Lover (2018), Two Lottery Tickets (2016) A Month In Thailand (2012), Horizon (short film, 2012), Derby (short film, 2010), Renovation (short film, 2009), A Short Ride (short film, 2008), Late (short film, 2008)