Nicolae

  • 45'
  • France
  • 2022

The late dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu, who died in 1989, resurrects in 2021 as a hologram to address the contemporary inhabitants of a small Romanian village. What happens next is captured in a hybrid documentary, observing the effects this unusual encounter has on the people involved, many of whom are first-hand witnesses of Ceaușescu’s rule.

Mihai Grecu’s thought-provoking documentary challenges the viewer with a post-truth era experiment with the frightening artifice of the dictator as catalyst. The reactions it generates reveal a great deal about how the people of the village of Rahau – where Grecu grew up – see current politics and how they relate to democracy in general. Nicolae provides an uneasy reflection on the possible effects of a technology, which is already being used for political ends and propaganda, but which we will certainly only see more of in years to come.

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Available on Festival Scope Pro from 26 January 9:00 CET to 14 February 9:00 CET



Director
Mihai Grecu
Country of production
France
Production Year
2022
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
45'
Medium
DCP
Language
Romanian
Producer
François Martin Saint Léon
Production Company
Barberousse Films
Sales
Barberousse Films
Cinematography
George Chiper
Editor
Alexandru Radu
Sound Design
Clément Maleo