Witnessing thousands united in protest after the devastating Colectiv Club fire awakened in me a need to understand people dedicated to the greater good. Only by moulding into the lives of my protagonists could I begin to grasp their courage in the search for truth, and their resilience in overcoming pain. In the process, I also learned how people and systems manipulate from power positions, pervert the truth and the law, and trample on human dignity and fundamental rights. For me this film is about not taking democracy and social justice for granted. (Alexander Nanau)

Director's Biography
Alexander Nanau: Alexander Nanau is a Romanian documentary filmmaker who trained in Germany. His 2010 documentary "The World According to Ion B." won an Emmy in the section Arts Programming, while his documentary "Toto and His Sisters" (2015) was nominated for an EFA award. His latest film, "Collective", premiered at the Venice International Film Festival 2019.

Film Selection:  Colectiv (Collective, 2019, doc) - Toto si surorile lui (Toto and His Sisters, 2014, doc) - Lumea văzută de Ion B. (The World According to Ion B., 2009, doc, CE'10) - Peter Zadek inszeniert Peer Gynt (2005, doc)
European Panorama Documentary 2021
Alexander Nanau
Romania / Luxembourg 2019
109 minutes
Romanian / English
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Alexander Nanau, Antoaneta Opriş
Cinematography Alexander Nanau
Editing Alexander Nanau, George Cragg, Dana Bunescu
Sound/Sounddesign Mihai Grecea, Angelo Dos Santos, Michel Schillings, Florin Tăbăcaru
With Narcis Hogea, Cătălin Tolontan, Mirela Neag, Camelia Roiu, Răzvan Lutac, Tedy Ursuleanu, Vlad Voiculescu
Producer(s) Alexander Nanau, Bianca Oana, Bernard Michaux, Hanka Kastelicová
Alexander Nanau Production, Samsa Film, HBO Europe, MDR, RTS, RSI, YES Docu
World Sales
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Venice International Film Festival 2019