A forgotten tale of violence from Romania’s recent past
The story of violent clashes that broke out in Sibiu in Romania during late December 1989 is one that many have forgotten since the revolution and regime change. Tudor Giurgiu’s latest film Libertate revisits that turbulent event in Romania. The film not only acts as a reminder of the ruthless terror and chaos of the time but also as a chance for Romanians to reassess their own history.
When Nicolae Ceaușescu's brutal regime collapsed in Romania 34 years ago, Tudor Giurgiu was 18 years old, living in his home city of Cluj-Napoca, in central Transylvania. “For many days and weeks, the country was directionless,” the 51-year-old Romanian film director explains from central Sarajevo, Bosnia, where he is showcasing his latest film Libertate. “People were not talking normally, they were going nuts and there was a lot of shouting, paranoia, and violence.”
November 16, 2023 -
Issue 6 2023MagazineStories and ideas
Romanian director Tudor Giurgiu at the Sarajevo Film Festival. His latest film Libertate is based on events which took place in December 1989. Giurgiu says the research for the film took some time: “For more than two years, I was transforming myself into an investigative journalist.”
Photo: 29th Sarajevo Film Festival 2023 (C) Obala Art Centar