Born in 1977 in Romania, Radu Jude graduates from the Media University of Bucharest. Then he starts as an assistant director for feature films like The Rage by Radu Muntean (2002), The Death of Mr. Lazarescu by Cristi Puiu (2005) and Amen. by Costa Gavras (2002).
Thereafter he signs his own short films, Wrestling (2003), The Black Sea (2004), In the Morning (2007), Alexandra (2006), and the award winning The Tube with a Hat (2006). He directs also many advertising films and works on the serie In Familie (2002-03), before tackling his feature debut, The Happiest Girl in the World (2009). The script wins the NHK/Filmaker Award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and the film wins the CICAE Award at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival.
He later directs Everybody in Our Family (2012) as well as two short films, Shadow of a Cloud (2013) and It Can Pass through the Wall (2014), both selected in the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes.
Aferim! (2015) wins the Silver Bear for Best Director in Berlin, and Scarred Hearts (2016) wins the Silver Leopard and the Special Jury Prize in Locarno as well as the Silver Astor for best director in Mar del Plata. In 2016 Radu Jude directs Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage for the National Theater of Timișoara.
Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (2021) wins the Golden Bear for Best Film in Berlin.