Alexander Nanau is a German-Romanian director, screenwriter and cinematographer born in Bucharest in 1979. After emigrating to Germany with his family in 1990, he starts studying directing at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. At the end of his studies, he directs his first documentary feature Peter Zadek inszeniert Peer Gynt (2006). Next, he works on The World According to Ion B. (2009) which goes on to win an Emmy Award for Best Arts Programming and is screened at more than 50 festivals. In 2015, after winning the Best Documentary Award in Zurich, his third documentary Toto and His Sisters (2014) takes home the Documentary Award – by BGL BNP Paribas at the Luxembourg City Film Festival. In 2016, it also wins the France Culture Cinéma Award in Cannes. Collective (2019) is his fourth documentary feature.