I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History as Barbarians
IMI ESTE INDIFERENT DACA IN ISTORIE VOM INTRA CA BARBARI
A Romanian theatre director mounts an audacious outdoor performance that recounts a 1941 historical massacre long forgotten by her compatriots.
Radu Jude’s black comedy centres on Mariana (Ioana Iacob), a theatre director. Mariana is orchestrating a massive showpiece that revisits what’s known as the ‘Romanian Holocaust’—a massacre of Eastern European Jews by Romanian authorities during World War II. We follow Mariana through her rehearsals as she fends off blind resistance from government representatives, and even her own actors. Can she defend a historical event against the wilful oblivion of Holocaust denial that plagues many a society today?
At once farcical and disturbing, Jude’s film takes a wide-eyed look at the creative process and the stubborn, undying ghost of authoritarianism. It’s a mad, bold dash through history, politics, critical theory and Brechtian absurdity.
Cast & Credits
Radu Jude’s first short, The Tube with a Hat (2006), holds the distinction of being the most decorated short in Romanian history. With multiple other shorts and six features under his belt, he has since established himself as one of the Romanian New Wave’s most stimulating auteurs, blending fact and fiction to scrutinise the shifting political history of his country.
Ioana Iacob, Alexandru Dabija, Alex Bogdan
*Crystal Globe Award, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2018
*Label Europa Cinemas Award, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, Busan International Film Festival 2018