From a formal point of view, The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu proves that it is possible to only use existing images to yield films focused on recent history, yet with an epic vein similar to that of the historical fiction cinema – such as, most notably, the ample period pieces dedicated by American cinema to the Vietnam War generation. This is an eminently syntactic endeavor, where montage plays a twofold part: mise-en-scene, as it builds scenes that do not exist as such in the rushes, and classical editing, connecting scenes together. We may be witnessing the birth of a new film genre.
In the presence of director Andrei Ujica
Directed by Andrei Ujica | Written by Andrei Ujica | Producer Velvet Moraru | Editing Dana Bunescu | Sound designer Dana Bunescu | Re-recording mixer Christinel Sirli | Visual consultant Vivi Dragan Vasile | Digital intermediate operator Bogdan Alexandru | Post-production coordinator Andreea Catalina Dumitrescu | Colorist Roberta Raduca | Music consultant Doru Ionescu, Florin Silviu Ursulescu, Octavian Ursulescu | Script consultant Razvan Radulescu | World Premiere Official Selection (Out of competition) – Cannes 2010 | Awards Best International Documentary – Bergen iFF 2010, CPH:DOX Award Honorable Mention – CPH:DOX 2010, IndieWire Critics’ Poll for Best Undistributed Film and Best Documentary, International Cinephile Society Award for Best Documentary