“I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians”

„Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari”

Radu Jude reopens the unpleasant questions about our history that we prefer to forget. This time, he focused on the Romanian share in holocaust and war crimes during World War II. The story follows a young activist and artist Mariana and her endeavour to create a big play about a forgotten massacre caused by the Romanian army in 1941. She has to deal with the unwillingness of the actors and authorities who try to undermine her authority due to various reasons.
Jude’s adamant way of talking and long dialogues create a story about Arendt’s Banality of Evil – with regard to our actions, to our relationship towards the history, and to our tendency not to burden our conscience.

  • Year:
  • Runtime:
    140 min.
  • Country:
    Romania, Czech Republic, France, Bulgaria, Germany
  • Director:
    Radu Jude
  • Screenplay:
    Radu Jude
  • Dir. of Photography:
    Marius Panduru
  • Editor:
    Cătălin Cristuțiu
  • Cast:
    Ioana Iacob, Alexandru Dabija, Alex Bogdan, Ilinca Manolache, Șerban Pavlu
  • Production:
    Hi Film Productions, endorfilm, Les films d'ici, KLAS FILM, Komplizen Film, ZDF/ARTE, TVR
  • Sales:
    Beta Cinema / endorfilm / Asociácia slovenských filmových klubov
  • Festivals:
    Karlovy Vary 2018 (Grand Prix – Crystal Globe for Best Feature Film, Label Europa Cinemas), Toronto 2018, CPH PIX 2018, Busan 2018, London 2018, Cottbus 2018, Torino 2018

About the Director:

Radu Jude

(1977, Bucharest, Romania) is one of the most significant contemporary Romanian directors. In several films, he deals with the history we tend to push out from the collective memory. His film Aferim! (2015) received the award for Best director at Berlinale festival, the Special Jury Prize in Locarno for the film Scarred Hearts (Inimi cicatrizate, 2016) and the Crystal globe in Karlovy Vary for his latest film. His previous films were awarded at Sundance, in Oberhausen, Sarajevo or at IndieLisboa.