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“I do not care if we go down in history as barbarians” - these were the words spoken by Romania’s military dictator Marshal Ion Antonescu in the Council of Ministers in the summer of 1941 that started the ethnic cleansing on the Eastern Front.
One of contemporary Europe's most distinctive creators, Jude has come out with an ingeniously conceived film. While it unfolds slowly and in detail, it hits the viewer with a singular emotional punch.
“I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS” chronicles a young theatre director’s efforts to stage an accurate re-enactment of the Odessa Massacre - in which Romanian soldiers slaughtered tens of thousands of Ukrainian Jews - despite the municipal government’s attempt to censor the director’s efforts. Her choice angers a city official who threatens to close the production because of its “anti-Romanian” take on history. However, the reaction to the staged play is one that neither anticipated. This internationally- acclaimed dark satire is a timely statement about the consequences of selective and willful amnesia on a society fueled by populist sentiments.
directed by: Radu Jude
starring: Ioana Iacob, Alex Bogdan, Alexandru Dabija
2018 / 138 min / 1.85:1 / Romanian 5.1 Surround with English subtitles
• Region A Blu-ray
• Introduction by director Radu Jude
• THE MARTIAL'S TWO EXECUTIONS - short film by director Radu Jude
• Theatrical Trailer
• Booklet with essay by Ariel Esteban Cayer
• English subtitles
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