Videograms of a Revolution
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Videograms of a Revolution
IDFA 2014

Videograms of a Revolution

Videogramme einer Revolution
Harun Farocki, Andrei Ujică
106 min
Festival history
The Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu gave his last-ever public speech on December 21, 1989, from the balcony of the enormous People’s House in Bucharest. Five days later he was executed, together with his wife Elena. Images from the anti-communist revolution that unfolded in a matter of days were sparse in the media. Chaos and confusion reigned supreme. But this is not to say that no pictures exist of the events in Bucharest. The recently deceased artist Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica, a Romanian who fled to Germany, collected 125 hours of film made by amateurs and official news gatherers. From this huge diversity of perspectives, they distilled a reconstruction of the popular uprising. With meticulous attention to the facts, they take each clip and indicate the moment it was shot, who made it and with what intention, camera position, image quality and anomalies. Some scenes in , of outraged demonstrators and the storming of the palace, recall (1928), Sergei Eisenstein’s documentary-style story about the October Revolution in 1917. Eisenstein’s revolution was staged, however, while in everything is real. Nonetheless, it remains difficult to disassemble reality.
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