Radu Jude (born 1977) is a Romanian film director and screenwriter. Jude graduated from the Film Directing Department of the Media University of Bucharest in 2003. He worked as an assistant director for feature films including Amen, directed by Costa-Gavras and Moartea domnului Lazarescu, directed by Cristi Puiu.
He directed several short films, among them Corp la corp (2003), Marea Neagră (2004), Lampa cu căciulă (2006) – the most awarded Romanian short film of all time, winner of grand prizes at Sundance, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Grimstad, Hamburg, Bilbao, Huesca, Trieste, Montpellier, Cottbus, Aspen, IndieLisboa, Brussels, Mediawave, Kraków, Almería, Valencia, Uppsala and selected, among others, at Toronto, Telluride, New Directors/New Films Festival, Tampere, Rotterdam. His short films Dimineața (2007) and Alexandra (2007) were selected in over 30 festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand, San Francisco, Cottbus, and Oberhausen (where he won the Grand Prix). Jude also directed over 100 commercials.
Cea mai fericită fată din lume is his feature debut. Before the theatrical release in Romania, Cea mai fericită fată din lume won the CICAE Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, the FIPRESCI Award ( International Federation of Film Critics ) at the Sofia International Film Festival, the Prize for Best Screenplay at the Bucharest International Film Festival and FIPRESCI Prize at IndieLisboa. The film was selected in the ACID Programme at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2011, he directed and produced the independent Film pentru prieteni. His feature film Toată lumea din familia noastră (2012) premiered at the Berlinale Forum and received the Heart of Sarajevo Award and the Bayard d'Or in Namur, among other awards.
Jude's Aferim! won the Silver Berlin Bear for Best Director at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. The movie was also nominated at Tribeca Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, AFI Fest, London Film Festival, and Berlin International Film Festival. The film was selected as the Romanian official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards reaching the shortlist but was not nominated.
Jude returned to the Berlin International Film Festival in 2020 with his new film Uppercase Print, the story of Mugur Călinescu, a Romanian teenager who wrote protest graffiti messages against the communist regime of dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and was subsequently apprehended and interrogated by the secret police. The film screened in the Forum section of the Berlinale as a world premiere.
Jude had a double presence at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival presenting Uppercase Print along with his documentary film Ieșirea trenurilor din gară, co-directed with Adrian Cioflâncă. The film Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (Romanian: Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc) is a Romanian comedy and drama film written and directed by Radu Jude, had its worldwide premiere at the 71st Berlin International Film Festival in March 2021 and won the Golden Bear in the main competition section.
Jude won the Golden Bear to the Berlin International Film Festival in 2021 with the film Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (Romanian: Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc) at its worldwide premiere.