A conversation between the Romanian film director Radu Jude and the film critic Andrei Gorzo.
RADU JUDE (1977) graduated the filmmaking Department of Media University in 2003. He worked as an assistant director. His short film “The Tube with a Hat” (2006) won more than 50 international prizes in Sundance, San Francisco, etc. His debut feature film, “The Happiest Girl in the World” (2009), winner of NHK/Filmmaker Award in Sundance and Hubert Bals grant, was awarded with the CICAE prize in Berlinale-Forum 2009. “Everybody in Our Family” (2012), premiered in Berlinale-Forum and received the Heart of Sarajevo Film Festival. “Aferim!” (2015) was awarded with the Silver Bear for Best Director in Berlin, among 20 other international awards. In 2016 Radu Jude made his debut as theatre director, in the National Theatre of Timișoara adapting for stage Ingmar Bergman`s “Scenes from a Marriage”. In November, he premiered in Bucharest “Ali: Fear Eats the Soul”, a theatre adaptation upon Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s script. His fourth feature, “Scarred Hearts” (2016) received the Special Jury Prize in Locarno Film Festival. “The Dead Nation” represents his debut in documentary film and it premiered internationally at Locarno IFF, Signs of Life Program. “I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians,” his sixth feature, won the Crystal Globe for Best Film at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Andrei Gorzo studied film history and film theory at Bucharest’s National University of Theatre and Film (UNATC) and at New York University. He is currently a lecturer in Film Studies at the UNATC. His study of the New Romanian Cinema, Lucruri care nu pot fi spuse altfel: Un mod de a gândi cinemaul, de la Andreì Bazin la Cristi Puiu, was published by Humanitas Press (2012). At Tact Press he has recently coedited (with Andrei State) a collection of essays entitled Politicile filmului: Contribuții la interpretarea cinemaului românesc contemporan (2014).