“We want justice and freedom!”, screamed in uppercase print the inscription on a Bucharest wall in 1981. The infamous story of teenager Mugur (played by Bogdan Zamfir), persecuted by the Nicolae Ceausescu dictatorship, is inventively narrated by Radu Jude (A Dead Nation, Olhar ’18) through a seam between national security reports and archival television images. Inspired by a theatrical play, the film makes use of the artificiality of the scenic device alongside archive research, reminding us at all times that history, like speeches, lies constantly in dispute. (C. M)
Radu Jude is a Romanian director and screenwriter. He studied filmmaking in Bucharest and started his career as an assistant director. In 2006, he made the short film The Tube With a Hat, winner of more than 50 international awards. Jude's feature debut The Happiest Girl in The World (2009) was selected for more than 50 international film festivals. Titles such as Aferim!, Scarred Hearts and Everybody in Our Family followed and won multiple awards.