The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu

The rise and fall of the infamous Romanian dictator through his own propaganda footage. Official state broadcasts and intimate home movies are crafted into a tour-de-force that depicts how Ceausescu created the country in his own image.
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Overview

The rise and fall of the infamous Romanian dictator through his own propaganda footage. Official state broadcasts and intimate home movies are crafted into a tour-de-force that depicts how Ceausescu created the country in his own image.

About

Andrei Ujică
Andrei Ujică

Andrei Ujică born 1951 in Timişoara is a Romanian screenwriter and director. Ujicǎ studied literature in Timișoara, Bucharest and Heidelberg. He moved to Germany in 1981. In 1990 he began making films. Together with Harun Farocki, he created »Videograms of a Revolution«, a film which has become a standard work in Europe when referring to relationships between political power and the media and the end of the Cold War, and which was listed by the magazine Les Cahiers du Cinema as one of the top 10 subversive films of all time.

His film »Out of the Present« (1995) tells the story of the cosmonaut Sergei Krikalyov who spent 10 months on board MIR, while back on Earth, the Soviet Union collapsed. The film has been compared to classics such as »2001: A Space Odyssey« and »Solaris«. His 2005 project, »Unknown Quantity«, creates a fictional conversation between Paul Virilio and Svetlana Alexievich, author of "Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster", the first book to present personal accounts of the tragedy. In 2010 Ujica was invited tot he 63rd Cannes Film Festival with his movie »Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceaușescu«.

Since 2001, Ujicǎ is a professor for film at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. He founded the ZKM Film Institute in 2002 and is its director.

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The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu

01: The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu

The rise and fall of the infamous Romanian dictator through his own propaganda footage. Official state broadcasts and intimate home movies are crafted into a tour-de-force that depicts how Ceausescu created the country in his own image.

187 min