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MEMORY ON FILM: “I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS”

Director: Radu Jude

Film into: 140 mins, Romania-Czech Republic-France-Germany-Bulgaria, 2018, Digital, Subtitled


This film screened on  Wednesday 29th May 2019.

Mariana (Ioana Iacob), a provocative theatre director, is commissioned to commemorate a controversial episode in Romanian history – the much-disputed 1941 massacre of Jews in Odessa by collaborationists. Ignoring the protestations of anxious city officials, she proceeds to mount a deliberately shocking and unpatriotic large-scale public re-enactment of the atrocity. ‘I do not care…’ is a formally audacious interrogation into collective memory, the wilful amnesia of national myth making, and the fraught relationship between the past and present. The film was a deserving winner of the top prize at last year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Screening as part of our Memory on Film season, May 11th to 29th 2019.

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