I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS

by Radu Jude
I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS

Informations

Nation: Romania, Germany, Bulgaria, France, Czech Republic

Year: 2018

Length: 139'

36° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

“I do not care if we go down in history as barbarians”: thus, during a council of ministers in 1941, the decision was made to conduct an ethnic cleansing on the eastern front. Following the preparations for a historical reenactment directed by a young filmmaker, the movie returns to a black page in Romanian history, through archives, documents, words, indignation, and negation.

Director

Radu Jude

Radu Jude

Radu Jude (Bucharest, Romania, 1977), graduated in film in 2003; he directed his first short in 2006 and debuted in feature films in 2009 with The Happiest Girl in the World, presented and awarded at the Berlinale Forum, as was his next movie, Everybody in Our Family (2012). He then participated in the Quinzaine des réalisateurs with the shorts Shadow of a Cloud (2013) and It Can Pass Through the Wall (2014). In 2015, he participated in competition at the Berlinale with Aferim!, which won the Silver Lion for best director. His movie  Scarred Hearts (2016) participated in competition at the festival of Locarno, where, the following year, he presented his documentary about the extermination of the Jews in Romania during the 1930s and ‘40s, The Dead Nation.

Filmography:
In familie (serie tv/tv series, 2002), Lampa cu caciula (The Tube with a Hat, cm, 2006), Alexandra (cm, 2006), Dimineata (In the Morning, cm, 2007), Cea mai fericitã fatã din lume (The Happiest Girl in the World, 2009), Film pentru prieteni (A Film for Friends, 2011), Toata lumea din familia noastra (Everybody in Our Family, 2012), O umbra de nor (Shadow of a Cloud, cm, 2013), Trece si prin perete (It Can Pass Through the Wall, cm, 2014), Scurt/4: Istorii de inimã neagrã (coregia/codirectors Andrei Cretulescu, Radu Jude, Luiza Parvu, Iulia Rugina, 2014), Aferim! (2015), Inimi cicatrizate (Scarred Hearts, 2016), Tara moarta (The Dead Nation, doc., 2017), Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari (I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians, 2018).

Cast and Credits

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
Radu Jude
fotografia/cinematography
Marius Panduru
montaggio/film editing
Cătălin Cristuțiu
scenografia, costumi/production design, costume design
Iuliana Vîlsan
suono/sound
Jean Umanski
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Ioana Iacob (Mariana), Alexandru Dabija (Movilă), Alex Bogdan (Traian), Ilinca Manolache (Oltea), Șerban Pavlu (Ștefan), Ion Rizea (Alexianu), Claudia Ieremia (la vicesindaco/vice-mayor), Bogdan Cotleț (Decebal), Ion Arcudeanu (Lăcustă), Mihai Niculescu (Lupu), Eduard Cîrlan (Barbu), Tudorel Filimon (Laiotă).
produttore/producer
Ada Solomon
coproduttori/coproducers
Jiří Konečný, Serge Lalou, Claire Dornoy, Rossitsa Valkanova, Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade
produzione/production
Hi Film Productions
coproduzione/coproduction
Endorfilm, Klas Film, Komplizen Film, Les Films d’Ici, ZDF/Arte

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contatti/contacts
Beta Cinema
Cosima Finkbeiner
[email protected]
www.betacinema.com

Director statement

“Thinking about our dark history makes one look back with the horrified gaze of Walter Benjamin’s angel of history, whose ‘face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. This storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.’”

Synopsis Learn more

“I do not care if we go down in history as barbarians”: thus, during a council of ministers in 1941, the decision was made to conduct an ethnic cleansing on the eastern front. Following the preparations for a historical reenactment directed by a young filmmaker, the movie returns to a black page in Romanian history, through archives, documents, words, indignation, and negation.

Director All about direction

Radu Jude

Radu Jude

Radu Jude (Bucharest, Romania, 1977), graduated in film in 2003; he directed his first short in 2006 and debuted in feature films in 2009 with The Happiest Girl in the World, presented and awarded at the Berlinale Forum, as was his next movie, Everybody in Our Family (2012). He then participated in the Quinzaine des réalisateurs with the shorts Shadow of a Cloud (2013) and It Can Pass Through the Wall (2014). In 2015, he participated in competition at the Berlinale with Aferim!, which won the Silver Lion for best director. His movie  Scarred Hearts (2016) participated in competition at the festival of Locarno, where, the following year, he presented his documentary about the extermination of the Jews in Romania during the 1930s and ‘40s, The Dead Nation.

Filmography:
In familie (serie tv/tv series, 2002), Lampa cu caciula (The Tube with a Hat, cm, 2006), Alexandra (cm, 2006), Dimineata (In the Morning, cm, 2007), Cea mai fericitã fatã din lume (The Happiest Girl in the World, 2009), Film pentru prieteni (A Film for Friends, 2011), Toata lumea din familia noastra (Everybody in Our Family, 2012), O umbra de nor (Shadow of a Cloud, cm, 2013), Trece si prin perete (It Can Pass Through the Wall, cm, 2014), Scurt/4: Istorii de inimã neagrã (coregia/codirectors Andrei Cretulescu, Radu Jude, Luiza Parvu, Iulia Rugina, 2014), Aferim! (2015), Inimi cicatrizate (Scarred Hearts, 2016), Tara moarta (The Dead Nation, doc., 2017), Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari (I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians, 2018).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
Radu Jude
fotografia/cinematography
Marius Panduru
montaggio/film editing
Cătălin Cristuțiu
scenografia, costumi/production design, costume design
Iuliana Vîlsan
suono/sound
Jean Umanski
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Ioana Iacob (Mariana), Alexandru Dabija (Movilă), Alex Bogdan (Traian), Ilinca Manolache (Oltea), Șerban Pavlu (Ștefan), Ion Rizea (Alexianu), Claudia Ieremia (la vicesindaco/vice-mayor), Bogdan Cotleț (Decebal), Ion Arcudeanu (Lăcustă), Mihai Niculescu (Lupu), Eduard Cîrlan (Barbu), Tudorel Filimon (Laiotă).
produttore/producer
Ada Solomon
coproduttori/coproducers
Jiří Konečný, Serge Lalou, Claire Dornoy, Rossitsa Valkanova, Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade
produzione/production
Hi Film Productions
coproduzione/coproduction
Endorfilm, Klas Film, Komplizen Film, Les Films d’Ici, ZDF/Arte

**
contatti/contacts
Beta Cinema
Cosima Finkbeiner
[email protected]
www.betacinema.com

Director statement Read more

“Thinking about our dark history makes one look back with the horrified gaze of Walter Benjamin’s angel of history, whose ‘face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. This storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.’”