Radu JudeIoana Iacob, Alex Bogdan, Alexandru Dabija
Romania / Czech Republic / France / 2018 / Romanian / 140 minutes / DCP / Color
Grappling with Romanian amnesia about national collaboration in the Holocaust, Jude (The Dead Nation, 42nd) creates a play within a movie “to catch the conscience of the king.” We become absorbed in Marian Marin’s attempts to control myriad details of a re-enactment of the Romanian massacre of Jews after their capture of Odessa, including the qualms of the local politician, Movila. Yet, this story eventually evokes deeper unease at how ordinary citizens relate to dark history freshly unburied. Karlovy Vary, Best Film.