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I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (2018)

Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari (original title)
"I do not care if we go down in history as barbarians." These words, spoken in the Council of Ministers of the summer of 1941, started the ethnic cleansing on the Eastern Front. The film attempts to comment on this statement.

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Radu Jude

Writer:

Radu Jude
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ioana Iacob Ioana Iacob ... Mariana
Alex Bogdan Alex Bogdan ... Traian
Alexandru Dabija Alexandru Dabija ... Movila
Ion Rizea Ion Rizea
Claudia Ieremia Claudia Ieremia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Catalin Anchidin Catalin Anchidin
Ion Arcudeanu Ion Arcudeanu
Ilinca Belciu Ilinca Belciu
Dana Bunescu Dana Bunescu
Adrian Cioflâncã Adrian Cioflâncã
Eduard Cirlan Eduard Cirlan
Bogdan Cotlet Bogdan Cotlet
Larisa Crunteanu Larisa Crunteanu
Liliana Ghita Liliana Ghita
Ilinca Harnut Ilinca Harnut
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Storyline

A young artist is planning to reconstruct a historical event from 1941, during which the Romanian Army carried out ethnic cleansing on the Eastern Front. One of contemporary Europe's most distinctive creators has come out with an ingeniously conceived film. While it unfolds slowly and in detail, it hits the viewer with a singular emotional punch. Written by Beta Film

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Comedy | Drama

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Language:

Romanian

Release Date:

19 July 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,083, 21 July 2019

Gross USA:

$11,307

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,171
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1.85 : 1
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Official submission of Romania for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. See more »

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References The Mirror (1975) See more »

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Raze de Soare: Într-O Cafenea
Performed by Ion D and Cosima von Buelove
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******* Strange Topic
30 July 2019 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Mariana wants to direct a street show for the public depicting Romania's hand in the genocide of Romanian Jews during WWII. Her mentor and backer questions whether it is necessary, and maybe play up the heroics of the Romanian army in the war. That is the gist of the movie with the enormously long title.

The question is, why such a controversial theme? The Holocaust as illustrated in this picture will not play well here in a city with the largest Jewish population in the country. There is no question the Romanians have mastered the art of filmmaking; in fact, Lincoln Center hosted a Romanian Film Festival a few years ago. Noteworthy in this picture is an interesting back-and-forth between the two principals as they argue the philosophical and ethical pros and cons of the show, with some interesting historical references. As always, the actors are very natural and their competence is a feature of Romanian films.

It is worth your time and the ending packs an unexpected punch. It is not for everybody but it is the type of superior filmmaking you can expect in Romanian films.

7/10 - Website no longer prints my star rating.


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