Influential Romanian film and theatre director Liviu Ciulei has died at the age of 88.
Ciulei, who had been battling ill health, passed away in his hometown of Munich, Germany on Monday (24Oct11), according to his actor pal Ion Caramitru.
He began his 50-year career as an actor before making a name for himself as a filmmaker.
He won the prestigious Palme d'Or award at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival in France for his work on The Forest of the Hanged, and went on to serve as the artistic director at Bucharest's Bulandra Theater for 10 years, during which time he became an icon of the Romanian theatre world.
Ciulei later held a similar position at the Gunthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the 1980s and he gave lectures at Columbia University and New York University.