Cristina Flutur (born in Iași, Romania) is a Romanian film and theatre actress.
In 2012 she made her debut in cinema, portraying the complex Alina Ringhis, main character in Cristian Mungiu's praised drama, Beyond the Hills. For her outstanding performance in this film she received the Best Actress Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Before 2012, she performed for several years in theatre productions, both in Romania, on the stage of the Radu Stanca National Theatre in Sibiu, and abroad, when on tour to Kiev, Sarajevo, Helsinki, Turku, Sankt-Petersburg, Skopjie, Trabzon, Ljiubljana, Naples, Bogota, Rome.
She spent her childhood and her teenage years in Iași, Romania.
In the year 2000, after finishing high school, mathematics and physics department, she decided to study Romanian and English languages and literature, along with American literature, at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in her hometown. Meantime, Cristina was a member of the Ludic Theatre, a company of amateur theatre for students.
Nevertheless, after graduating from her first faculty, in 2004, she decided to get seriously into acting and became a student at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, studying acting with Miklos Bacs (actor at the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj) and Irina Wintze (actress at the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre).
Right after finishing her studies at the drama department of Babeș-Bolyai University in 2004, she became an actress for the Radu Stanca National Theatre in Sibiu, Romania. Here she performed in many productions, both classical and modern, under the guidance of famous Romanian and foreign directors: Alexandru Dabija, Radu Alexandru Nica, Gavriil Pinte, Andrei Șerban, Vlad Massaci, Tompa Gabor, Silviu Purcărete, Rodica Radu, Alexander Hausvater, Adriana Popovici, Florin Zamfirescu, Andrij Zholdak, Robert Raponja.
During FITS, the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, she also played many roles in reading performances, recorded for the radio.
She performed at the Radu Stanca National Theatre in Sibiu till the summer of 2013, when she moved to Bucharest as a freelancer.
Theatre productions 2004-2013:
Theatre plays in Bucharest:
In 2011 Cristina Flutur was called for an audition for a part in the new feature by the Romanian Golden Palm winner, Cristian Mungiu. After a few screen tests, she was offered one of the main roles, that of a troubled girl brought up in an orphanage, Alina Ringhis.
Acclaimed both by the critics and by the audience for her impecable, most authentic, powerful and touching performance, she won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.
One year later, in 2013, Cristina Flutur started her first project in a foreign language, performing in French the role of Cristina Boico in the TV mini-series "Resistance". Cristina Boico was a Romanian Jewish woman who fought for the French Resistance during the Second World War. Produced by Alain Goldman, the producer of "La mome", the mini-series casts also Fanny Ardant, Richard Berry et Isabelle Nanty and was broadcast in the spring of 2014 on TF1 (France) and RTS Un (Switzerland) and in 2015 on More4 (UK), being nominated in 2015 for Best TV movie at the Globes de Cristal Award.
In 2014 she started shooting for her first feature film in English in an international co-production. The film is directed by the Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu and it had its premiere in 2017 at the Sarajevo Film Festival. Later that year it won the Grand Prix at Tokyo International Film Festival.