2020, HD, col. & b-n / b-w, 128’
Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Radu Jude, Gianina Cărbunariu tratta dalla sua pièce teatrale omonima / based on her theater play of the same title. Fotografia / Photography: Marius Panduru. Montaggio / Editing: Cătălin Cristuțiu. Suono / Sound: Jean Umansky, Dana Bunescu. Scenografia / Art Director: Irina Moscu. Costumi / Costume Designer: Dorin Negrău. Interpreti / Cast: Bogdan Zamfir, Șerban Lazarovici, Ioana Iacob, Șerban Pavlu. Produzione / Produced by: microFilm. Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Romanian Public Television, Hi Film Productions. Con il sostegno di / Supported by: Romanian National Film Center, Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: Best Friend Forever.
Romania, 1981. Ceaușescu is in office, leading a communist Romania. He writes the official story with the help of the National Television. Mugur Călinescu, a 16-year-old teenager, writes another story on walls with chalked uppercase protest messages against the regime. His actions are compiled in a voluminous file kept by the Secret Police (Securitate), which observed, apprehended, interrogated and destroyed him. Linking both stories – secret and public, personal and collective – brings to light an unknown hero 30 years after the fall of communism.
Uppercase Print premiered at the latest Berlinale, in the “Forum” section.
“I saw the play sometime in 2012 and I remember talking to Șerban Pavlu about how a film inspired by the same case would never work – the only reason it worked on stage, claimed Pavlu, was that this kind of playwriting is unusual and … At any rate, I kept thinking of the play and I suppose the decision to turn it into a film ties in with my increased interest for archives, developed after seeing the play. In retrospect, I find that what Gianina managed to do isn’t just a theatrical success, but also very close to how I myself am interested in using archive materials to build up some of my films … There is more. I’ve just about had enough of my own ideas and wanted to make a film that would be a genuine collaboration, to make a different start. If the film looks quite a bit different from what I’ve done so far, it is also due to this collaboration, this different starting point.” (R. Jude)
Among the most important and award-winning Romanian and European film directors, Radu Jude was born in 1977 in Bucharest. He graduated with a degree in Film from Bucharest’s Media University in 2003. The Trieste FF has presented a number of his previous films.
filmografia scelta / selected filmography
2006 Lampa cu căciulă cm / sf; Premi / Awards: Sundance FF – Premio per la regia di cortometraggi / Short Filmmaking Award; Trieste FF – Miglior cortometraggio / Best Short Film 2009 Cea mai fericită fată din lume 2012 Toată lumea din familia noastră 2013 O umbră de nor cm / sf 2014 Trece și prin perete cm / sf 2015 Aferim!; Premi / Awards: Berlinale – Orso d’argento per la Miglior regia / Silver Bear as Best Director 2016 Inimi cicatrizate (Scarred Hearts); Premi / Awards: Locarno – Premio speciale della giuria / Special Prize of the Jury 2017 Țara moartă (The Dead Nation) doc. 2018 Îmi este indiferent dacă în istorie vom intra ca barbari (I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians); Premi / Awards: Karlovy Vary IFF – Miglior film / Best Film 2020 Tipografic majuscul (Uppercase Print); Ieşirea trenurilor din gară (The Exit of the Trains) doc. diretto con / directed with Adrian Cioflâncă
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Best Friend Forever