Cristian Pirjol graduated in cinematography at the Film University in Babelsberg, Germany, where he was also a cinematography master scholar. He specialises in character-driven feature films in genres ranging from atmospheric thrillers to black comedies.

His first feature film KOHLHAAS has won numerous awards, including the Audience Award at Germany’s Max Ophüls Film Festival. He has worked with acclaimed director Marjane Satrapi (Academy Award nominee). To date, he has shot 8 international features and TV films and has worked on more than 40 short films and documentaries. His work on SCHMITKE has been awarded by the Czech Association of Cinematographers in 2016.

Cristian was born in 1982 in Bucharest as the son of a tailor and a priest. He grew up in a German-speaking community in Transylvania. Aged 11, he followed his younger sister into acting, an early experience which later led to his desire to work behind the camera.


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