Archive of films “I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians” / „Îmi este indiferent dacă în istorie vom intra ca barbari”

Romania / Czech Republic / France / Bulgaria / Germany
2018, 140 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2018

A young artist is planning to reconstruct a historical event from 1941, during which the Romanian Administration through the Romanian Army carried out an ethnic massacre on the Eastern Front. One of contemporary Europe’s most distinctive creators has come out with an ingeniously conceived film that – although the topic unfolds slowly and in detail – hits the viewer with a singular emotional punch.


In his latest picture, Radu Jude, one of contemporary Europe’s most expressive creators, once again highlights the errors of past generations that are still perniciously plaguing society. This time around he takes up a massacre perpetrated by the Romanian Administration through the Romanian Army on the Eastern Front in 1941, an actual event that a young activist artist decides to stage. This slowly unfolding film, focused on the reconstruction of a ghastly incident, ingeniously updates Hannah Arendt’s incisive work on the banality of evil. Employing an uncompromising narrative form à la Godard, it demonstrates that committing brutal acts is not the only path to barbarism, for even a mere stunted conscience is enough to lead a person to it.

Martin Horyna

About the director

Radu Jude

Radu Jude (b. 1977, Bucharest, Romania). Selected filmography: The Tube with a Hat (2006, short), Alexandra (2007, short), The Happiest Girl in the World (Cea mai fericită fată din lume, 2009), Film for Friends (Film pentru prieteni, 2011, medium-length), Everybody in Our Family (Toată lumea din familia hoastră, 2012), Shadow of a Cloud (O umbra de nor, 2013, short), It Can Pass Through the Wall (Trece şi prin perete, 2014, short), Aferim! (2015), Scarred Hearts (Inimi cicatrizate, 2016), The Dead Nation (Țara moartă, 2016, doc.)


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Press kit

About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Radu Jude
Screenplay: Radu Jude
Dir. of Photography: Marius Panduru
Editor: Cătălin Cristuțiu
Art Director: Iuliana Vîlsan
Producer: Ada Solomon
Production: Hi Film Productions
Coproduction: endorfilm, Les films d'ici, KLAS FILM, Komplizen Film, ZDF/ARTE, TVR
Cast: Ioana Iacob, Alexandru Dabija, Alex Bogdan, Ilinca Manolache, Șerban Pavlu
Sales: Beta Cinema GmbH


Ada Solomon


Cosima Finkbeiner

Sales Agent

Radu Jude

Film Director, Producer

Ioana Iacob


Jiří Konečný


Carla Fotea


Alex Bogdan


Ilinca Manolache


Catalin Cristutiu

Ionut Munteanu


Mirela-Florentina Munteanu


Rossitsa Valkanova



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