In 1980s Romania, thousands of Western films smashed through the Iron Curtain opening a window into the free world for those who dared to look. A black-market VHS racketeer and a courageous female translator brought the magic of film to the people and sparked a revolution.
Ilinca Calugareanu is a UK-based Romanian filmmaker and co-founder of Vernon Films. Her debut documentary feature, Chuck Norris vs. Communism, premiered at Sundance 2015. She has produced short documentaries for the New York Times and the Guardian and she is now in production with her second feature hybrid documentary, A Cops and Robbers Story, as well as co-directing her fiction debut I Am. With a background in anthropology, Ilinca has a skill and passion for melding fiction and documentary into beautiful films, always searching for new ways to build immersive, engaging and truthful stories. She is a Berlinale Talents Alumi (2017), a 2018 Chicken&Egg Accelerator Lab Grantee, the 2018 Sundance Institute|National Geographic Fellow and a 2019 Sundance Institute Sound and Music Lab Directing Fellow.
Directed by: Ilinca Calugareanu