Directed by Alexander Nanau, documentary, 109 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Written by Antoaneta Opris, Alexander Nanau
With Narcis Hogea, Catalin Tolontan, Mirela Neag, Camelia Roiu, Razvan Lusac, Tedy Ursulean, Vlad Voiculescu
with director (online) & debate
Utopia - Salle 2
A horrible fire at the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest on October 30, 2015, at the onset of a rock concert, was one of the worst disasters in recent Romanian history, with an initial 27 people killed and 180 injured. Within a few days, fierce protests erupt, leading to the resignation of the Social Democratic government. In the meantime, 37 of the injured die in local hospitals, independently of the severity of their initial burns.
Based on the testimony of a whistleblower, a sports newspaper team begins an investigation into diluted disinfectants, which were sold to all hospitals where they were further diluted, and exposes entire corruption channels. Meanwhile the newly appointed Minister of Health in the temporary technocratic government and other key actors, faced with a horrified public, the remaining victims and their families, try to pick up the pieces. But can anything really change?
Director Alexander Nanau films the team of journalists and the minister day to day in a detached manner, unveiling the sinister face of the corruption infiltrating all levels. The final message is in the soundtrack: “We are how we treat each other when the day is done.” Furthermore, “Heroes look like you.”
The film has won numerous awards at film festivals around the globe (DocAviv, Dokufest, Montpellier, Sofia, Tromsø, Zurich), including the Documentary Award at the Luxembourg City Film Festival.