Adrian Țofei was born in Rădăuți, Romania, on July 20, 1987. He was encouraged by his mother, Dorina Țofei, to watch movies from an early age and later, in adolescence, started spending hours each day researching film history as a hobby. He also took acting lessons, performed in high school plays and in 2007 went on to study Ion Cojar‘s acting method at the Lower Danube University of Galați, then continued in 2010 with a master’s degree in acting at the Spiru Haret University of Bucharest. During 2008-2012, Adrian also directed, produced, wrote and performed in various plays, most notably the one-man-show The Monster, which went to numerous theatre festivals.
At the end of 2012, inspired by the success of his one-man-show and a connection he made between Cojar’s method and the found footage concept, Adrian Țofei plunged into filmmaking and film acting as the director, producer, writer and star of Romania’s first found footage horror feature film, Be My Cat: A Film for Anne. The movie premiered at the 2015 Fantasporto International Film Festival in Portugal and went on to win numerous awards, including Best Film at the 2015 A Night of Horror International Film Festival in Sydney and Best Actor (Țofei) at the 2016 Nashville Film Festival. It was called “terrifying” and “a modern Peeping Tom” by Austin Chronicle, “potentially revolutionary and dangerous” by Dread Central, a “disturbing found footage masterpiece” by 28DLA and “the most revolutionary found footage film since The Blair Witch Project” by ANOH. It was also included in Dread Central’s Top 5 Best Horror Movies of 2016, Blumhouse’s Top 5 New Intelligent Found Footage Films You Need to See and Audiences Everywhere’s Top 50 Best Horror Movies of the 2000s. Țofei’s acting performance has also been described by critics as “incredible“, “exceptionally strong“, “authentic“, “excellent throughout“, “complex”, “powerfully convincing“ and “frighteningly natural“. Artsploitation said that he did “the most believable movie psychopath since Norman Bates“.
Adrian Țofei has been married to actress and writer Duru Yücel Țofei since January 22, 2017. He is currently developing the apocalyptic LGBT female antihero movie We Put the World to Sleep and the female antihero thriller drama Good Girl.