I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians [Îmi Este Indiferent Daca În Istorie Vom Intra Ca Barbari] Radu Jude

International Competition

Ficção – RO/DE/BG/FR/CZ, 2018, 139' – V.O.: Romeno – Subtitles: Português e Inglês

Radu Jude makes films with a critical eye to the past to make viewers think, and this film is no exception. “I do not care if we go down in History as Barbarians”, the words spoken by Ion Antonescu at a Council of Ministers in the summer of 1941, led to an ethnic cleansing that killed hundreds of Jewish people. The historical, philosophical and literary investigation of a brutal event, featuring Jude taking theatre to the cinema with a re-enactment of the Odessa massacre, brings us face to face with the instrumentalisation of historical memory – or the lack thereof. The main character, Mariana Marin discusses a series of quotations and references in her everyday (personal and work related) relations, which range from Hannah Arendt to Walter Benjamin and Wittgenstein.

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