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Directed by Radu Jude

Romania, Germany, Bulgaria, France, Czech Republic 2018 140 mins. In Romanian with subtitles

Director Jude has already delivered several well-regarded films, including Aferim! (2015) and Scarred Hearts (2016)—work remarkable for its clarity and sweep. No less is true of his latest, a meta-fictional exploration of wartime Romanian history through the eyes of Mariana (Ioana Iacob, excellent), a radical theater director commissioned to make a piece about alleged incidents of ethnic cleansing, by Romanian troops, on the Eastern Front in 1941. Where Mariana longs to tell the entire truth, her government sponsors—who bankroll the project— don’t exactly see eye-to-eye with her views. What follows is an unpredictable, thorny, and intellectually stimulating film that creatively reckons with the horrors of the past and those who seek to cover them up. “Blistering…acutely topical.” —Jessica Kiang, Variety. Romania’s foreign-language Oscar submission.

Filmography: Aferim! (2015), Scarred Hearts (2016), Victory Day (2017)

Sponsored by the Romanian American Society

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