In 1959, in Romania, six former members of the nomenclature and the Romanian secret police organized a heist of the National Bank. After they were arrested, the state forced them to play themselves in a film reconstructing the crime and the investigation. At the end of their trial, filmed live, they are sentenced to death and executed. A month later, the "Reconstruction" was released and became a sensation throughout the county. Today, Alexandru Solomon retraces this incredible story.
Weddings, Musics and Videotapes
A 52-minute "behind-the-scenes" insight of the Romanian wedding industry, with cameramen, photographers and singers from all around the country in the spotlight. Their life stories, their editing styles, their hands-onapproach, know-how and, of course, their performances on weddings, mixed up in a shortcut-style film.
"Bird's Way" is a creative documentary, a magic realistic tale that guides us to a remote Old Believers‘ village in the Danube Delta, Romania - following the route of migrant birds. The protagonist of the film is the Old Believer community itself. Once fugitives, excommunicated by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1666, Old Believers found refuge in the wild Delta where they could preserve old rituals, Russian customs and their sacred language. Today no one is left to read the sacred texts, not a priests to lead religious life. Their last 'reader', Artiom, tells us the destiny of Old Believers as laid out in the Book...
Children of Uranium
After working in the mines for decades, the survivors are there even in their dreams: in the uranium mine. However, in reality, in Băiţa Plai nothing resembles what once was. The settlement is ailing. From the labourers of those times, few are alive. The once nice blocks are but a ruin. The people live by collecting mushrooms and selling them abroad. Because "who gives you a job, all sick and irradiated?" The radiation level is high, the houses are double afflicted: from both the mine and the construction materials taken from the area. There is ore everywhere: locals can find pieces in the road dust, the children play in soil with a radiation level much above the allowed threshold...
A derelict coal mine, a tramway depot, a small ready-made clothing workshop of a former fashion house, a dairy factory, and a world of women who lived their youth in communism. In capitalism, they work in difficult conditions but they do not complain. Their simple and humane stories form a complicated historical puzzle. Routine, frustration, the fear that they may become expendable and could lose their jobs make these women resist heroically and live their destinies like beasts of burden. They had dreams and ideals once. Now they have but one wish: to live long enough to enjoy their retirement. Historical dramas are not always performed at a big scale. Worlds collapse and there are collateral victims. During communism, the 8th of March was the high day when women were celebrated as representatives of the working class.