OBITUARY: Romanian Actress Luminița Gheorghiu

    The Child’s Pose by Călin Peter Netzer The Child’s Pose by Călin Peter Netzer credit: Parada Film

    BUCHAREST: The acclaimed Romanian actress Luminița Gheorghiu, one of the most cherished actors of the Romanian New Wave, died after a long illness on 4 July 2021 at the age of 71. She starred in The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu by Cristi Puiu (2005, Mandragora) and The Child’s Pose by Călin Peter Netzer (2013, Parada Film).

    Trained as a theatre actress, Luminița Gheorghiu had her cinema breakthrough in one of the most revered Romanian films, Moromeții (1987) by Stere Gulea (Studioul Cinematografic Bucuresti). Two decades later she made The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu with Cristi Puiu, which won the Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Award in 2005 and for which she received the Best Supporting Actress Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

    She also starred in The Child’s Pose by Călin Peter Netzer, the first Romanian film to receive Berlinale’s Golden Bear in 2013, and in I'm an Old Communist Hag / Sunt o babă comunistă (2013) by Stere Gulea (MediaPro Pictures). She played supporting roles in Cristi Puiu’s Stuff and Dough / Marfa și banii (2001) and Aurora (2010, Mandragora), Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007, Mobra Films) and Beyond the Hills (2012, Mobra Films), Corneliu Porumboiu’s 12:08 East of Bucharest / A fost sau n-a fost? (2006, 42Km Film) and Radu Jude’s Aferim! (2015, HiFilm Productions), among others.

    Fighting a long illness, she stopped making films in 2015.