PLZEN: I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians by Radu Jude will screen in the 32nd edition of the Finále Plzeň Film Festival. The most important Czech national film festival, presenting contemporary domestic audiovisual production, will run from 11 to 16 April 2019. This Czech minority coproduction won the Crystal Globe for best film at the 53rd Karlovy Vary IFF and was Romania’s bid for the Oscars.
In this black comedy Radu Jude once again returns to the past events in Romanian history that are still plaguing the society. The film tackles a delicate historical subject, the massacre of approximately 20,000 Jewish people by the Romanian army in Odessa in 1941. The script penned by Jude follows a young theatre director, who plans to do a reenactment of the Odessa massacre during a cultural event in contemporary Bucharest.
Hi Film Productions produced the film in coproduction with the Czech company endorfilm, France’s Les Films d’Ici, Bulgaria’s Klas Film and Germany’s Komplizen Film. The project was supported by the SEE Network, the Romanian Film Centre, Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, the Czech State Cinematography Fund, the Bulgarian National Film Center and Eurimages.
In Romania, the film was released by Micro Film on 28 September 2018, while the Czech cinema distributor Pilot Film released the film on 28 February 2019.
The film was awarded for best script and best supporting actor (Alexandru Dabija) at the Romanian Gopo Awards on 19 March 2019.
Coproducers:endorfilm (CZ)Les Films d’Ici (France)Klas Film (Bulgaria)Komplizen Film (Germany)ZDF/ArteTVR
Credits:Director/screenwriter: Radu JudeDoP: Marius PanduruEditor: Cătălin CristuțiuCast: Ioana Iacob, Alexandru Dabija, Ilinca Manolache, Alex Bogdan, Sofia Nicolaescu, Mihai Niculescu, Șerban Pavlu, Gabriel Spahiu, Dana Bunescu