Paul Negoescu studied film directing at the national film school (UNATC). He directed several short films that were awarded and selected in many international film festivals, including Cannes (Semaine de la Critique – 2012), Berlin (2008, 2009 and 2010), Karlovy Vary, Slamdance or Rotterdam. Two of his short films (Renovation and Derby) were nominated at the European Film Academy Awards in 2009 and 2011. His first feature film, A Month in Thailand premiered at the Venice Film Festival (International Critics’ Week) in 2012 and was awarded with the FIPRESCI prize in the Sofia International Film Festival and Best Debut in Transylvania International Film Festival. His second feature film, Two Lottery Tickets, a micro-budget independent film, became the most successful Romanian film at the box office in the modern era of film distribution and it was also very well received by critics and festivals. The Story of a Summer Lover is his third feature film.
Cuzin Toma was born on June 1, 1977 in Gorj, Romania and he is very proud of it. He spent his childhood in Pestisani, where he met his future wife Cristina, a renowned artist in plastic arts. He was in turn a miner, a dancer, a real estate agent, an electrician and a cook. Toma got his university diploma in film and theatre at UNATC and is an actor as much as an artist; he plays in film, attends national and international festivals, and is
currently an actor of the Teatrul Mic in Bucharest. In his various jobs, he always performed his tasks with enthusiasm and each of them helped him come closer to his later acting career. Andi Vasluianu was his mentor and his input influenced Toma Cuzin’s choice of becoming an actor.