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Ion Caramitru is a Actor Roumain born on 9 march 1942 at Bucharest (Roumanie)

Ion Caramitru

Ion Caramitru
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Birth name Ion Horia Leonida Caramitru
Nationality Roumanie
Birth 9 march 1942 at Bucharest (Roumanie)
Death 5 september 2021 (at 79 years)
Awards Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Ion Horia Leonida Caramitru ([iˈon karaˈmitru]; born March 9, 1942) is a Romanian stage and film actor, stage director, as well as a political figure. He was Minister of Culture between 1996 and 2000, in the Romanian Democratic Convention (CDR) cabinets of Victor Ciorbea, Gavril Dejeu, Radu Vasile, Alexandru Athanasiu, and Mugur Isărescu. Is married with actress Micaela Caracaș and have 3 boys: Ștefan, Andrei and Matei Caramitru.


Early life and acting career
Born to an Aromanian family in Bucharest, he graduated from the I. L. Caragiale Institute for Theater and Film Arts in 1964, having debuted on the stage a year earlier — with the title role in an acclaimed production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet for the Bulandra Theater. He continued his engagement for Bulandra while starring in plays at the National Theatre Bucharest and various other theaters.

Caramitru was a protagonist in a series of theatrical productions by directors such as Liviu Ciulei, Moni Ghelerter, Andrei Şerban, Liviu Purcărete, Sandra Manu, Cătălina Buzoianu, Alexandru Tocilescu, and Sică Alexandrescu (acting in plays such as Mihail Sebastian's Steaua fără nume, Georg Büchner's Danton's Death, Aeschylus' The Oresteia, Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, Carlo Goldoni's Il bugiardo, and in many of Shakespeare's works). As a director of theater, opera, and operetta productions, Caramitru notably staged works by Frederick Loewe (My Fair Lady), Marin Sorescu (The Third Stake), Benjamin Britten (The Little Sweep), Aleksei Nikolaevich Arbuzov (The Lie), and Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice); his adaptations of Peter Brook's La Tragédie de Carmen and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin were hosted by the Grand Opera House in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Caramitru starred in over 30 feature films, making his debut with a supporting role in Ciulei's Forest of the Hanged (1964). Among his best-known roles are Vive in Dimineţile unui băiat cuminte (1966), Gheorghidiu in Între oglinzi parallele (1978), Ştefan Luchian in Luchian (1981), and Socrate in the Liceenii series (1985–1987). Later in life, Caramitru has had minor roles in foreign films: he was an anarchist in the 1991 Kafka, Tatevsky in Citizen X (1995), Zozimov in Mission: Impossible (1996), Count Fontana in Amen. (2002), and a Bulgarian immigrant to Ireland in Adam & Paul (2004).

For his work in establishing British-Romanian cultural links, Caramitru was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. In 1997, the French Ministry of Culture awarded him the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

In May 2005, he won the competition for the head office of the National Theatre Bucharest, replacing Dinu Săraru.

Political career
Caramitru entered political life as an opponent of the communist regime in the Romanian Revolution of 1989. On December 22, 1989, after President Nicolae Ceauşescu had fled Bucharest, Caramitru and the known dissident writer Mircea Dinescu joined the crowd occupying the Romanian Television building, and were prominent among the numerous speakers who were proclaiming revolutionary victory.

A popular rumor circulating soon after the episode alleged that, unaware of being filmed, Caramitru had addressed Dinescu, saying, "Mircea, fă-te că lucrezi!" ("Mircea, pretend you are working!"); this version of events may have started as defamation by political adversaries, with the purpose of indicating that the Revolution was a carefully staged front for a coup d'état. According to Alex Mihai Stoenescu's research, despite its passing into contemporary folklore, such a phrase was never uttered; instead, the words used were "Mircea, arăţi că lucrezi" ("Mircea, show that you are working on something" — while holding Dinescu's booklet in front of camera), to which Dinescu replied "La un apel" ("[I'm working] on an appeal [to the people]") — pointing rather to their ill-preparedness and their preoccupation in quickly drafting a proper document.

He was an early member of the National Salvation Front (FSN) Council, the government formed around Ion Iliescu, where he was in charge of Culture. After the elections of 1990, as the FSN become a political party, he withdrew from the body in protest, arguing that the Iliescu grouping was attempting to use executive power and prestige in order to monopolize power (the gesture was preceded by the resignation of other intellectuals present in the FSN Council, including Doina Cornea and Ana Blandiana). Already a member of the Civic Alliance Foundation, he joined the National Peasants' Party, which engaged in opposition to the FSN, and became Minister of Culture after the CDR coalition won the elections of 1996.

Following the defeat in the 2000 elections and the party's breakup, he remained a member of the main PNŢ wing, the Christian-Democratic People's Party (PPCD). Caramitru opposed the PPCD leader Gheorghe Ciuhandu on several grounds, including the merger with the Union for Romanian Reconstruction; he advocated a reconciliation with former president Constantinescu, and was among the PPCD members to declare themselves alarmed by the possibility of Ioan Talpeş joining the party (Talpeş, who had left the PSD, had served as head of the Romanian Foreign Intelligence Service in 1992-1997). In February 2006, he handed in his resignation as vice-president of the PPCD.

Other causes
In the early 1990s, arguing that the granting of revolutionary diplomas and privileges had become an instrument of corruption, Caramitru, together with other revolutionaries and dissidents (Victor Rebengiuc, Dan Pavel, Radu Filipescu, and Costică Canacheu), formed the non-governmental organization Asociaţia Revoluţionarilor fără Privilegii (the Association of Non-Privileged Revolutionaries).

A noted figure within the Aromanian community, Caramitru has also founded Societatea de Cultură Macedo-Română, which is currently involved in a debate with Comunitatea Aromână din România (CAR): Caramitru and his supporters argue that Aromanians are a branch of the Romanians, whereas CAR campaigns for their recognition as an ethnic minority (with automatic representation in the Parliament of Romania).

In 2006, during a visit in Moldova, Caramitru claimed that Moldova is still a part of Romania, leading to a diplomatic row between Romania and Moldova and Caramitru being declared a "persona non grata" in Moldova.

vteVictor Ciorbea cabinet (1996-1998)Prime Minister
Victor Ciorbea/Gavril Dejeu
Ministers of State
Mircea Ciumara
Ulm Spineanu
Gavril Dejeu
Adrian Severin
Victor Babiuc
Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu
Valeriu Stoica
Alexandru Athanasiu
Valeriu Stoica (Justice)
Victor Babiuc/Constantin Dudu Ionescu (Defense)
Mircea Ciumara/Daniel Dăianu (Finance)
Ion Caramitru (Culture)
Nicolae Noica (Public Works)
Dinu Gavrilescu (Agriculture)
Ştefan Iosif Drăgulescu/Ion Victor Bruckner (Health)

Adrian Severin/Andrei Pleșu (Foreign Affairs)
Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu/Mircea Ciumara (Industry and Commerce)
Alexandru Athanasiu (Labor)
Sorin Pantiş (Communications)
Ioan Oltean/Sorin Frunzăverde/Romică Tomescu (Environment)
Traian Băsescu/Anton Ionescu (Transport)
Gavril Dejeu (Interior)
Virgil Petrescu/Andrei Marga (Education)
Ulm Spineanu/Ilie Şerbănescu (Reform)
Bujor Bogdan Teodoriu/Horia Ene (Research and Technology)
Mihai-Sorin Stănescu/Crin Antonescu (Youth and Sport)
Bogdan Niculescu-Duvăz/Ioan Mureşan (Relation with Parliament)
Ákos Birtalan (Tourism)
Alexandru Herlea (European Integration)
Remus Opriș (Local Administration)
Valentin Ionescu (Privatization)
Radu Boroianu/Sorin-Mircea Bottez (Public Information)
György Tokay (National Minorities)

PNŢ minister
PD minister
PNL minister
UDMR minister
PSDR minister
Independent minister

vteRadu Vasile cabinet (1998-1999)Prime Minister
Radu Vasile/ Alexandru Athanasiu
Ministers of State
Victor Babiuc
Valeriu Stoica
Valeriu Stoica (Justice)
Victor Babiuc (Defense)
Daniel Dăianu/ Decebal Traian Remeș (Finance)
Ion Caramitru (Culture)
Nicolae Noica (Public Works)
Dinu Gavrilescu/ Ioan Avram Mureşan (Agriculture)
Francisc Baranyi/ Gábor Hajdú (Health)
Andrei Pleșu (Foreign Affairs)
Radu Berceanu (Industry and Commerce)
Alexandru Athanasiu (Labor)
Sorin Pantiş (Communications) Romică Tomescu (Environment)
Traian Băsescu (Transport)
Gavril Dejeu/Constantin Dudu Ionescu (Interior)
Andrei Marga (Education)
Ioan Avram Mureşan/ Victor Babiuc (Reform)
Horia Ene/ Valeriu Stoica (Research and Technology)
Crin Antonescu (Youth and Sport)
Alexandru Sassu (Relation with Parliament)
Sorin Frunzăverde (Tourism)
Alexandru Herlea (European Integration)
György Tokay/ Péter Eckstein-Kovács (National Minorities)

PNŢ minister
PD minister
PNL minister
UDMR minister
PSDR minister
Independent minister

vteMugur Isărescu cabinet (1999-2000)Prime Minister
Mugur Isărescu
Ministers of State
Mircea Ciumara
Valeriu Stoica
Gábor Hajdú
Petre Roman
Valeriu Stoica (Justice)
Victor Babiuc/ Sorin Frunzăverde (Defense)
Decebal Traian Remeș (Finance)
Ion Caramitru (Culture)
Nicolae Noica (Public Works)
Ioan Avram Mureşan (Agriculture)
Gábor Hajdú (Health)
Petre Roman (Foreign Affairs)
Radu Berceanu (Industry and Commerce)
Smaranda Dobrescu (Labor)
Romică Tomescu (Environment)
Traian Băsescu/ Anca Boagiu (Transport)
Constantin Dudu Ionescu (Interior)
Andrei Marga (Education)
Vlad Roşca (Public Office)
Crin Antonescu (Youth and Sport)

PNŢ minister
PD minister
PNL minister
UDMR minister
Independent minister

Best films

Amen. (2002)

Usually with

Chris Gerolmo
Chris Gerolmo
(1 films)
Marcel Iureș
Marcel Iureș
(2 films)
Liviu Ciulei
Liviu Ciulei
(1 films)
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Ion Caramitru (10 films)

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Charlie Countryman, 1h48
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Comedy thriller, Romantic comedy, Action, Romance
Actors Shia LaBeouf, Rupert Grint, Aubrey Plaza, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Til Schweiger
Roles Victor Ibanescu
Rating63% 3.151033.151033.151033.151033.15103
Charlie Countryman (Shia LaBeouf) is a normal guy living in Chicago. When his mother, Kate (Melissa Leo), dies, he sees her as a spirit. When he asks her what do to with his life, she tells him to go to Bucharest for adventure. On the flight, he meets Victor (Ion Caramitru), an elderly man returning home from a Cubbies game, with a hat as a gift for his daughter. Victor dies sitting next to Charlie, who later sees him as a spirit asking him to deliver his gift to his daughter, which he accepts.
Adam & Paul, 1h25
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs
Actors Tom Murphy, Ion Caramitru, Michael McElhatton
Roles Eastern European Man
Rating70% 3.5459653.5459653.5459653.5459653.545965
Adam and Paul are childhood friends who as adults have withered into two hopeless, desperate addicts, tied together by habit and necessity. The film is a stylised, downbeat comedy, following the pair through a single day, which, like every other, is devoted to scrounging and robbing money to buy heroin.
Amen. (2002)
, 2h15
Directed by Costa-Gavras
Origin German
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Films about religion, Théâtre, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism, Films based on plays
Actors Ulrich Tukur, Mathieu Kassovitz, Ion Caramitru, Michel Duchaussoy, Ulrich Mühe, Marcel Iureș
Roles Graf Fontana
Rating71% 3.5973253.5973253.5973253.5973253.597325
The film Amen. examines the links between the Vatican and Nazi Germany. The central character is Kurt Gerstein (Ulrich Tukur), a Waffen-SS officer employed in the SS Hygiene Institute, designing programs for the purification of water and the destruction of vermin. He is shocked to learn that the process he has developed to eradicate typhus, by using a hydrogen cyanide mixture called Zyklon B, is now being used for killing Jews in extermination camps. Gerstein attempts to notify Pope Pius XII (Marcel Iureş) about the gassings, but is appalled by the lack of response he gets from the Catholic hierarchy. The only person moved is Riccardo Fontana (Mathieu Kassovitz), a young Jesuit priest. Fontana and Gerstein attempt to raise awareness about what is happening to the Jews in Europe but even after Fontana appealing to the pope himself, the Vatican makes only a timid and vague condemnation of Hitler and Nazi Germany.
Mission: Impossible, 1h50
Directed by Brian De Palma
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films, Transport films, Rail transport films, Road movies, Heist films, Chase films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Henry Czerny, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames
Roles Zozimov (uncredited)
Rating71% 3.598223.598223.598223.598223.59822
Several years after the events of the series, Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) and his team, the Impossible Mission Force, are assigned to retrieve the IMF non-official cover list from the American embassy in Prague. Their mission fails: Phelps is shot point blank, his wife Claire (Emmanuelle Beart) dies in a car bombing, and the rest of the team except agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) are eliminated by an unknown assassin. Meeting later with IMF director Eugene Kittridge (Henry Czerny), Hunt learns the job was a setup designed to lure out a mole within IMF, whom IMF believes to be in contact with an arms dealer known as "Max" as part of "Job 314." As Hunt is the only member left, Kittridge suspects him of being the mole, and Hunt flees.
Two Deaths
Two Deaths (1996)
, 1h42
Directed by Nicolas Roeg
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War
Actors Michael Gambon, Sônia Braga, Patrick Malahide, Ion Caramitru, John Shrapnel, Nickolas Grace
Roles Carl Dalakis
Rating62% 3.1450653.1450653.1450653.1450653.145065
On the eve of a revolution in an East European country, Dr. Daniel Pavenic (Gambon) sits down to dinner with some friends and discusses his past and his obsession with a former house servant. His shocking honesty eventually leads to his guests also disclosing some of their own secrets.
Citizen X
Citizen X (1995)
, 1h43
Directed by Chris Gerolmo
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Documentary, Historical, Crime
Themes Serial killer films, Films about capital punishment
Actors Stephen Rea, Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow, Jeffrey DeMunn, Joss Ackland, John Wood
Roles Tatevsky
Rating74% 3.74753.74753.74753.74753.7475
A body is discovered on a collective farm during harvesting in 1982. A subsequent search of adjacent woods, authorized by newly installed official, Viktor Burakov, turns up seven more bodies in varying stages of decomposition. The film tells the story of the subsequent eight-year hunt by forensic specialist Burakov for the serial killer responsible for the mutilation and murder of over 50 people, 35 of them below the age of 18. Burakov is promoted to detective and eventually aided, covertly at first, by Col. Mikhail Fetisov, his commanding officer and the shrewd head of the provincial committee for crime, and, much later, by Dr. Alexandr Bukhanovsky, a psychiatrist.
Videograms of a Revolution, 1h46
Directed by Andrei Ujică
Origin German
Genres War, Documentary
Themes Documentary films about historical events, Documentary films about politics, Political films
Actors Ion Caramitru
Roles himself
Rating80% 4.023464.023464.023464.023464.02346
Le film retrace la Révolution roumaine de 1989 à l'aide d'images d'archives depuis le 21 décembre 1989, le dernier discours de Ceausescu, au 26 décembre 1989, le premier reportage télévisé de son procès.
Kafka (1991)
, 1h38
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Biography, Comedy
Themes Films about writers, Political films, Dystopian films
Actors Jeremy Irons, Theresa Russell, Joel Grey, Ian Holm, Jeroen Krabbé, Armin Mueller-Stahl
Roles Solemn Anarchist
Rating67% 3.3966853.3966853.3966853.3966853.396685
Set in the city of Prague in 1919, Kafka tells the tale of an insurance worker who gets involved with an underground group after one of his co-workers is murdered. The underground group, responsible for bombings all over town, attempts to thwart a secret organization that controls the major events in society. He eventually penetrates the secret organization in order to confront them.
Forest of the Hanged, 2h38
Directed by Liviu Ciulei
Origin Roumanie
Genres Drama, War, Historical, Romance
Actors Victor Rebengiuc, Emil Botta, Liviu Ciulei, Marga Barbu, Ion Caramitru, Toma Caragiu
Roles Petre Petre
Rating80% 4.02914.02914.02914.02914.0291
Front austro-hongrois, 1916. Engagé volontaire dans l’armée impériale, le lieutenant roumain Bologa fait partie de la Cour Martiale qui condamne à mort un soldat tchèque pour désertion. Devant l’attitude de certains officiers, Bologa se laisse gagner par des troubles de conscience.