Alice Gruia

Alice Gruia



Director Story

I was born in Germany to Jewish-Romanian and German parents in 1983. I began acting at a young age, and set up my own theatre company, for which I also wrote and directed, while at university. I went on to study acting full time, while my interest in writing and filmmaking grew. My debut film RODICAS, a documentary, was shown at the Berlinale in 2012. I have since continued to pursue a career in acting and filmmaking.

sold web series “Lu von Loser” to German broadcasting service ZDF (2020)
received Filmstiftung NRW funding to produce debut fiction film (2020)
received Filmstiftung NRW devolopment funding for miniseries (2020)
playing a recurring role in ARD series (2020)
reached final of Pitch-Your-Pilot contest at TV Series Festival Berlin with miniseries concept
worked alongside the director of TNT series Andere Eltern, produced by Eitelsonnenschein
acted in the film and TV series Club der roten Bänder, produced by Bantry Bay for Vox for three seasons


Wrote, directed, produced and starred in “Lu von Loser”, a short form web series
Wrote, directed and produced short film “Consenting Adults”(2017), with Filmstiftung NRW funding: A young couple prepare to meet two complete strangers for sex. Milano International Film Festival, Landshut Kurzfilmfestival, Winchester Short Film Festival, Manchester International Short Film Festival, among others.

Wrote, directed and produced award-winning documentary film “Rodicas” (2012), with Filmstiftung NRW funding: A portrait of my grandma and her best friend— two strong Romanian women in Sydney. Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), Krakow Documentary Festival, Audi German Films Festival, among others.

2018: intensive pitching workshop at TV festival Baden-Baden
2016/2018: workshop for directors (selected by director Andreas Dresen and Kai Wessel)
2010: camera classes at NIDA in Sydney
2008: Meisner acting classes with William Esper in New York
2006–09: full-time drama school at ”Theater der Keller”, Cologne
2002–05: Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology undergraduate at University of Trier