Corneliu Porumboiu was born in 1975 in Vaslui. He studied film at the I.L.Caragiale University in Bucharest and received his degree in 2003. He made his first short film, GRAFFITI, in 2000. The two following short films he directed drew international attention: A TRIP TO THE CITY (Cinéfondation’s second prize in 2004), followed by LIVIU'S DREAM. In his first feature film, 12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST, Porumboiu offers a very humorous view of Romania’s 1989 revolution. The film was presented in Cannes at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2006 and won the Caméra d’Or. Corneliu Porumboiu carried on subtly combining his work on cinematic form with a dissection of the Romanian society in POLICE, ADJECTIVE, selected for Un Certain Regard in 2009 (Jury Prize and Fipresci Prize). In 2014, his film, THE SECOND GAME had its world premiere at the Berlinale Forum. While, in 2015 he returned to Cannes in the 'Un Certain Regard' selection with THE TREASURE, that won the Un Certain Talent prize. The film also screened at Sarajevo FF and at Transilvania IFF, where it won the Best Romanian Film Award. His latest film THE WHISTLERS (2019) is competing for the Palme d'Or at the 2019 edition of the Festival de Cannes.