Videograms of a revolution

Videograms of a revolution
Videogramme einer Revolution

Germany| 1992 | DCP| Color | 106min | Andrei Ujica

SATURDAY 5 | CINETECA NACIONAL SALA 9 | 16:00 HRS | 106 MIN (Q&A with Director)

Director: Andrei Ujica
Screenplay: Harun Farocki, Andrei Ujica
Editing: Egon Bunne
Production Company: Harun Farocki Filmproduktion

The fall of the dictator Ceaucescu viewed through private recordings and live broadcasts of the Romanian television. The media coverage of the popular insurgency serves as a sample for an analysis of the mechanisms of construction of an audiovisual discourse. In contrast to the diversity of the filmic, official complaint look their own artifice, their methods of editing the image appropriate to the interests and circumstances.

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 90s. 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).

Locarno Film Festival. 1992, Switzerland.