Alexander Nanau is a German/Romanian filmmaker born in Bucharest, Romania in 1979. He studied Film Direction at the DFFB Filmschool in Berlin. His first feature documentary Peter Zadek inszeniert Peer Gynt (2006) was released 2006 in Germany and Austria. In 2008/2009 he co-produced with HBO, directed and shot the documentary The World According to Ion B. (2009) about a 62 years homeless man who starts a career in the international art world with collages he made over the last 30 years. The documentary won an 'International Emmy Award' for Arts Programming in 2010. His third feature documentary Toto and His Sisters (2014), produced together with HBO, premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival in the 'New Directors' section. The film won major awards at the international film festivals in Angers, Zurich, Warsaw, Jihlava, Leipzig and Sarajevo and was nominated as 'Best Documentary' at the European Film Awards 2015. The documentary "Collective" that he produced, directed, shot and edited became the first Romanian film to be nominated for an Academy Award, when it was nominated twice in 2021, in the Best International Feature Film and Best Documentary category.