Ieșirea trenurilor din gară
JUSTICE IN UNJUST TIMES
The film will be screened in the presence of: Radu Jude, Adrian Cioflâncă
Radu Jude graduated from Universitatea Media in 2003. His short film The Tube with a Hat (2007) was awarded in various international film festivals. His first feature films were The Happiest Girl in the World (2009), for fiction, and The Dead Nation (2017), for documentary. In 2016 he also debuted as a theatre director in an adaptation of Bergman.
Adrian Cioflâncă is a historian. Director of the „Wilhelm Filderman” Center for the Study of Jewish History in Romania and a member of the Collegium of the National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives. Since 2005, he is a member of the Romanian Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Consultant for several movies and theatrical plays.
Dozens (or maybe hundreds) of rare photo-portraits of the victims of the 1941 Iași Pogrom, discovered in the archives by historian Adrian Cioflâncă and filmmaker Radu Jude, paint a vivid picture of one the most heinous atrocities to take place on Romanian soil in the 20th century. In a polyphony of voices and views, just as many personal accounts, taken from the official statements written by the victims’ families and witnesses to the events, retrace the extent of the brutality shown by the soldiers and the locals who carried out the antisemitic criminal plan. As spectator to this dense exposition of events, read in neutral voices that, more often than not, don’t underscore the obvious gravity of some of the testimonies, it’s impossible not to feel increasingly and acutely more overwhelmed by the horrors these people experienced and ashamed that, in all likelihood, you haven’t paid them their due respect of reflecting their on individual fates, rather than as part of a collective massacre. And at a certain point, fairly soon during this long and important document(ary), you begin to realise that even this accumulation of personal, often detailed testimonies can’t reproduce, in all its complexity, such an event, whose far too many arcs and ramifications still elude those that can be expressed with words. (by Andrei Rus)
awards and festivals
Berlin International Film Festival 2020 - World Premiere