The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu

The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu
Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceausescu

Romania | 2010 | DCP | Color | 180 min | Andrei Ujica

MONDAY 7 | CINETECA NACIONAL SALA 9 | 19:00 HRS | 180 MIN (Q&A with Director)

Director: Andrei Ujica
Screenplay: Andrei Ujica
Producer: Velvet Moraru
Editing and Sound: Dana Bunescu
Music: Doru Ionescu
Production Company: Icon Production
Cast: Nicolae Ceausescu Elena Ceausescu

During the summary trial that he and his wife were submitted to, Nicolae Ceausescu is reviewing his long reign in power: 1965-1989. From a formal point of view, The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu proves that it is possible to only use existing images to yield films focused on recent history, yet with an epic vein similar to that of the historical fiction cinema. This is an eminently syntactic endeavor, where montage plays a twofold part: mise-en-scene, as it builds scenes that do not exist as such in the rushes, and classical editing, connecting scenes together.

Born in 1951 in Timisoara, Romania.
With a background in literature, Ujica decides in 1990 to devote himself to cinema and creates Videograms of a Revolution (1992), co-directed with Harun Farocki, which becomes a landmark film on the relationship between political power and the media in Europe at the end of the Cold War. His second film, Out of the Present (1995), tells the story of cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, who spent ten months aboard the space station Mir, while on earth, the Soviet Union ceased to exist. Out of the Present has been compared to such emblematic titles in film history as 2001: A Space Odyssey or Solaris, and is famous for being one of the most recognized non-fictional films of the 90´s. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu (2010), widely regarded as a monumental achievement, concludes his trilogy dedicated to the end of communism. Andrei Ujica also made two commissioned works for Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain: 2 Pasolini (short, 2000) and Unknown Quantity, with Paul Virilio and Svetlana Alexievitch (installation 2002, screen version 2005).

Cannes Film Festival, France, 2010
CPH: DOX. Honorable Mention, Denmark. 2010
Jihlava Documentaru FF, Best Film - Eastern Europe Competition, Czech Republic , 2010.
Viennale, Vienna, 2010.