ÎMI ESTE INDIFERENT DACĂ ÎN ISTORIE VOM INTRA CA BARBARI
I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS
Romania, Czech Republic, France, Bulgaria, Germany, 2018, 139 Min
She is young, educated and obsessed with the idea of questioning the Romanian present about its anti-Semitic past. But the awareness raising project – a re-enactment spectacle in which she serves as the director – is in danger of being abandoned. The massacre of the Jews in Odessa in 1941: which is now being relativized, repressed, denied. And fatally also being applauded.
It is part of the "forgotten Holocaust": the massacre perpetrated as an act of retaliation by Marshal Antonescu's troops both carried out and initiated following the Battle of Odessa in October 1941 (won by the Axis powers of Romania and Nazi Germany). Over just a few days, 25,000 Jews, perhaps twice as many, were murdered. Radu Jude had already dealt with "ordinary fascism" in Romania during the interwar period in the form of a photo-documentary essay in TARA MOARTĂ, and he now continues his process of reappraisel as a feature film experiment about a repeatedly interrupted historical re-enactment and radically examines the present: where research encounters resentment, archive material meets denial, and a brash heroine comes up against stubborn (scornful male) counterarguments. For the non-professional extras evidently still prefer to play the Nazis rather than the Bolsheviks. And the audience even goes along with the burning of the Jews. A masterpiece, as persistent as it is clever. BW
DCP | Farbe / Colour
Ioana Iacob, Alexandru Dabija, Bogdan Alexandru, Ion Rizea, Claudia Ieremia, Ion Arcudeanu
Endorfilm, Les Films d'Ici, Klas Film, Komplizen Film
Beta Film GmbH
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Radu Jude - born in 1977 in Bucharest, Romania. He studied directing at the Media University in Bucharest and has directed and written numerous internationally successful short and feature films. I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS celebrated its premiere at this year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and was awarded the main prize.
THE TUBE WITH A HAT (2006, short, FFC 2006 + 2010)
ALEXANDRA (2007, short, FFC 2008)
HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD (2009)
SCARRED HEARTS (2016)