He was born in Bucharest, in Titan neighbourhood, whose human fauna he is to bring later to the big screen through a series of films under the title: „Stories from the Outskirts of Bucharest”. During his childhood years, he spent a lot of time playing with his brother in the courtyard of Colentina Hospital, where his father worked as a manager. That is why he initially wanted to be a doctor, building up a chemistry laboratory complete with test tubes and other utensils on the balcony of the family flat.In 1992, he was admitted as a student to the Painting Department of École Supérieure d'Arts Visuels in Geneva. After the first year he switched to film studies at the same school, where he graduated in 1996, with 25.12. Bucharest, North Railway Station.