Mariana is an intellectual with ambitions. She reads interpretations of Hannah Arendt’s philosophy, visits museums, takes part in lively political debates and digs around in archives. She does all this in response to a commission from the authorities in Bucharest to stage a reliable reenactment of a massacre that took place in Odessa in 1941. The arduous production of this spectacle gets in the way of the director’s private life—his idée fixe is to reveal the truth of what happened. But does anyone really care? In a film that follows documentary conventions, Radu Jude presents a complicated cognitive process—from facts to interpretation—that he is unable to interrupt even for an evening bath or a birthday party. Depending on the situation, the Holocaust appears as a compilation of victims’ screams, a starting point for tasteless jokes or a fact that some still won’t admit without a fight. The juxtaposition of lengthy shots that simulate the monotony of artistic activities with the (literally) objectified tragedy of the World War II results in a hybrid film of explosive power.
Vukovar FF 2018 – Best Film; Minsk IFF 2018 – Best Film; Karlovy Vary IFF 2018 – Best Film, Label Europa Cinemas; IndieLisboa International Independent FF 2019 – Best Feature Film
Radu Jude was born in Bucharest in 1977. He completed his film studies at an art institution in 2003. He has worked as the second director on the set of films by Costa-Gavras, Radu Muntean, and Cristi Puiu. His film The Tube With a Hat has won more awards than any other short Romanian film in history. Aferim! won a Silver Bear for best director at the Berlinale. Jude has also directed more than 100 commercials.
2002 In Familie (tv series)
2006 Lampa z kapturkiem / The Tube with a Hat / Lampa cu caciula (short)
2009 Najszczęśliwsza dziewczyna na świecie / Cea mai fericita fata din lume / The Happiest Girl in the World
2012 Wszyscy w naszej rodzinie / Toata lumea din familia noastra / Everybody in Our Family
2014 To może przejść przez ścianę / Trece şi prin perete (short) / It Can Pass Through the Wall