Collective

  • Alexander Nanau
  • Romania, Luxembourg
  • 2019
  • 109 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Best of Fests

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On October 30, 2015, a serious fire broke out at the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest. It 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 erupted, leading to the resignation of the Social Democratic government.

Director Alexander Nanau follows a number of key figures in the aftermath of the disaster, from the point where we learn that 37 of the injured died of bacterial infections in local hospitals. We hear from newspaper journalists who discover that the hospitals use diluted disinfectants, the minister of health in the temporary technocratic government, and the victims of a corrupt health care system in a dysfunctional state.

Nanau avoids sensation and remains detached from the powerful emotions that surround the story, exposing the grim face of the corruption that plagues his country all the more.

Credits

  • 109 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Romanian, English
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Alexander Nanau
Production
Bianca Oana for Nanau Production, Alexander Nanau for Nanau Production
Co-production
HBO Europe, Samsa Film
Cinematography
Alexander Nanau
Editing
Alexander Nanau, George Cragg, Dana Bunescu

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