Filmmaker Cristian Mungiu invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Romanian film director Cristian Mungiu has been invited to join the the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which grants the Oscars. Mungiu is joining an impressive list of 683 filmmakers and artists, next to famous filmmakers such as Turkish Nuri Bilge Ceylan or Thai Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has revealed the names of the 683 filmmakers and craftspeople it is inviting to join its ranks. Forty-one percent of the enormous new class is comprised of people of color, bumping the overall academy from 8% to 11% people of color. After the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said she was committed to doubling the number of woman and minority members who can vote for the Oscars — an ambitious goal by any measure, Los Angeles Times reports.

The director of “Graduation,” “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” had his name on the Academy’s list written down with an asterisk, with the source explaining that “individuals with an asterisk by their names were invited by more than one branch of the academy”.

Cristian Mungiu’s latest feature film, “Graduation” was shortlisted in the Cannes official selection this year. Cristian Mungiu won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2007 for his movie4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”, a striking drama on the illegal abortions during communism.

Last year, his “Beyond the Hills” registered a double victory at Cannes, was awarded the prize for the script and the prize for the female interpretations of Romanian actresses Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan who starred as the film’s heroines.

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