×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Director Liviu Ciulei dies

Romanian won Palme d'Or in 1965

Romanian film and theater director Liviu Ciulei, whose 50-year career included winning the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, a stint heading up the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, died Monday, Oct. 24, in Munich, where he lived. He was 88.

Romanian actor Ion Caramitru said, “An era has died! A genius had died!”

Ciulei, as an actor, director and set designer, was the most influential figure of Romanian theater and film in a generation. He won the Palme d’Or award in 1965 for the “The Forest of the Hanged” and made more than 20 films both as an actor and director.

President Traian Basescu paid homage to Ciulei on Tuesday, saying he belonged to an “elite generation” that created a “valuable and original” drama school both in Romania and abroad. He called Ciulei’s artistic vision “classic and modern, extremely clear and contemporary.”

Ciulei studied theater and architecture in Bucharest and began his acting career in 1946, as Puck, in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He began to direct in 1957.

For 10 years he was artistic director at Bucharest’s prestigious Bulandra Theater, and he held the same position at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis from 1980-1985. During that period the Guthrie received a Tony Award. Afterwards, Ciulei taught at Columbia U. and NYU.

Caramitru, who heads the UNITER Romanian theater union, said Tuesday that “without Liviu Ciulei, there would be no Romanian theater.”

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Patti SmithVariety's 10 Storytellers to Watch

    Patti Smith Talks Biopics, Beats and Losing Her Cool in Front of Bob Dylan

    On Thursday afternoon Variety partnered with IFP for the first “10 Storytellers to Watch” event, and among the novelists, lyricists, podcasters, playwrights, graphic novelists and brand storytellers who were honored was the pioneering singer, poet and author Patti Smith. The legendary artist received the Impact in Storytelling honor not only for her formidable body of [...]

  • The Great Outdoor documentary series about

    Farm to Picture: Documentary Series 'The Great Outdoor' Chronicles a Life Gone to Pot

    Cannabis cultivation in the Emerald Triangle, the area in Northern California that has long been a go-to for growers, has a starring role in a new documentary series called “The Great Outdoor.” Funded by Flow Kana, one of the state’s leading cannabis flower brands, filmed by David Zlutnick, and executive-produced by Flow Kana co-founder Flavia [...]

  • 1982 El Gouna Festival

    Egypt's El Gouna Film Festival Puts Arab Helmers at Center Stage

    The upbeat state of Arab cinema will be on the screen and in the balmy air at Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival (Sept. 19-27), which is steadily gaining traction in its stated ambition to become a key platform and solid driver for Middle-East producers. “This year was one the best for Arab cinema,” says Intishal [...]

  • Star Skipper Paramount Animation

    Meet Star Skipper, Paramount Animation's Magical New Trademark Logo Character

    Studio logos are powerful signals to audiences.  Multiple generations of moviegoers flipping through channels or scanning streaming titles have frozen at the sight of a desk lamp hopping across the screen, because it means a Pixar movie is about to play. Likewise, when a young boy lounging inside a crescent moon casts his fishing line into [...]

  • Sybil

    Cannes Competition Movie 'Sibyl' Finds North American Home With Music Box (EXCLUSIVE)

    Music Box Films has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to Justine Triet’s darkly comic drama “Sibyl,” which competed at Cannes and had its North American premiere at Toronto in the Special Presentation section. Represented in international markets by mk2, the film follows the ambiguous relationship between Sibyl, a jaded psychotherapist (Virginie Efira, “An Impossible [...]

  • Kent Jones Directs 'Diane'

    Kent Jones to Exit New York Film Festival (EXCLUSIVE)

    In a surprise move, New York Film Festival’s director and selection committee chair of seven years Kent Jones will step down following this year’s 57th edition, which runs Sept. 27-Oct. 13. The departure comes as Jones’ feature filmmaking career is taking off. Issues of potential conflicts of interest have arisen as his work has moved [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content