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23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Dead Nation

director: Radu Jude
original title: ȚARA MOARTĂ
country: Romania
year: 2017
running time: 83 min.
Czech Premiere

synopsis

This minimalist documentary consists primarily of photographs of small Romanian towns from the 1930s and ’40s, plus excerpts from the diary of a Jewish doctor living in Bucharest. The description of the horrors of Romanian fascism and the Holocaust is reflected in seemingly peaceful, stylized scenes of life close to war.

biography

Radu Jude (1977) works primarily in fiction film and advertising. His I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (2018) won the main prize at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

more about film

producer: Ada Solomon
script: Radu Jude, Emil Dorian
photography: Costică Acsinte, Radu Jude
editing: Cătălin Cristuțiu
sound: Dana Bunescu

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