I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians
[Îmi este indiferent daca în istorie vom intra ca barbari], directed by Radu Jude, Romania /Germany /Bulgaria /France /Czech Republic 2018, 140'
"I do not care if we go down in history as barbarians." These words, spoken by Marshal Ion Antonescu in the Romanian Council of Ministers in the summer of 1941, began the "self-cleaning actions" carried out together with Germany in Bessarabia and Transnistria. The story revolves around the young theatre director Marianna Marin, who is trying to reconstruct the Odessa massacre of 1941 by the Romanian army, when a huge bomb exploded after the city was seized (radio-fired by the NKVD) and as an effect – a hecatomb of the Jewish population. The ambitious and inquisitive artist is, however, ostracized by her own actors, as well as pressure from the local official Movila.