Radu Gabrea is a director and writer, known for feature films such as Cocosul decapitat/The Beheaded Rooster (2007), Manusi rosii/Red Gloves (2010) and Un barbat ca Eva/A Man Like Eva (1984), as well as a for numerous documentary films.
His debut came in 1969 with the feature Prea mic pentru un razboi asa de mare/Too Little for Such a Big War. In 1970, he directed the first Romanian TV series, Urmarirea. His next feature, Dincolo de nisipuri/Beyond the Sands (1973), was banned by the censorship. Following this, Radu Gabrea migrated to Germany. In 1997, he was appointed as head of the National Office for Cinematography, where he stayed until 1999.
One of Romania’s leading veteran filmmakers, Radu Gabrea’s four-decade career spans more than 20 features and documentaries, many of them examining Romania’s communist history and the political and social challenges facing Jewish culture in central Europe.