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'I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians'
Archived: "I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians" (2018)

director: Radu Jude

With: Ioana Iacob, Alex Bogdan, Alexandru Dabija, a.o.

duration: 140 minutes
Drama, Historical

Official Selection - In Competition
Film Fest Gent -

"We watch theatre director Mariana Marin (Ioana Iacob) as she devotes herself to an elaborate re-enactment of the Odessa massacre. In 1941, the leader of the Romanian army, Ion Antonescu, orders the execution of Jewish civilians after a surprise attack on his troops. Thousands of innocent people are killed, and Mariana wants to stage it all in a square in the centre of Bucharest." (Cineuropa)

"Of viciously pointed relevance anywhere populism is on the rise, "Barbarians" is a fiercely intelligent, engaging and challenging wake-up call, a film that leaves you smarter at the end than when you went in, but also sadder and significantly more terrified. It is easy for unprincipled people to act barbarously if they do not care how history will view them. And it is easy not to care about how history will view you, if you do not care about history at all." (Variety)

"Following some bombastic archive newsreel praising Romania's liberation of Odessa from the "Red Terror" in 1941, lead actress Ioana Iacob introduces herself - straight to camera - in a breezily Brechtian moment in which she signals that race, ethnicity and religion will be integral to what follows. The film concerns a modern-day re-enactment of the Odessa massacre, the Romanian army's slaughter of Jews and gypsies on the Eastern Front in the Second World War. It's a dazzlingly dialectical and daring comedy-drama that skillfully brings past and present together and again challenges Radu Jude's compatriots to face up to the more unsavoury aspects of their history." (Screen Daily) 


director: Radu Jude
producer: Ada Solomon
screenplay: Radu Jude
Editor: Catalin Cristutiu
Cinematography: Marius Panduru
sound: Dana Bunescu

production company: Hi Film Productions

More info

dialogue: Romanian
subtitles: Dutch/Eng subt.
Country: Romania - Germany - Bulgaria - France - Czech Republic
year: 2018


RADU JUDE (1977): The Tube with a Hat (2006, short), Alexandra (2006, short), In the Morning (2007, short), The Happiest Girl in the World (2009), Film pentru prieteni (2011), Everybody in Our Family (2012), Shadow of a Cloud (2013, short), Scurt/4: Istorii de inima neagra (2014, short), It Can Pass Through the Wall (2014, short), Aferim! (2015), Scarred Hearts (2016), The Dead Nation (2017), 'I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians' (2018).

Technical Specs

format: DCP
frame: 1:1,85

Other festival films by director Radu Jude

2020:Uppercase Print
2016:Scarred Hearts


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