Review Andrei Ujică at Ceau, Cinema!
Andrei Ujică, one of the most appreciated representatives of the world’s New Non-Fictional Cinema, will be paid homage and reviewed at the fifth edition of Ceau Cinema! Festival, which will take place during July 19th – 22nd in Timișoara and Gottlob.
The director will come to Ceau, Cinema! to show to the audience from Timișoara his trilogy focused on the end of Communism – ”Videograms of a Revolution”, ”Out of the Present” and ”The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu” – and to hold a masterclass.
Andrei Ujică is born on 1951, in Timișoara, where he made his early debut as a writer. Having graduated Philology, he went to Germany in 1981, where he joined the academic community, teaching literary theory, filmology and mediology, at the University of Mannheim. During 2001 and 2017, he was a professor within the film department at the Arts and Design Public University from Karlsruhe, and during 2002 and 2017, the director of the Film Institute within the Art and Media Technology Center (ZKM) from Karlsruhe. Ever since 1990, he has been a film director.
Made in 1992, in collaboration with Harun Farocki, ”Videograms of a Revolution” („Videogramme einer Revolution”) re-enacts the events that happened during December 19th – 25th 1989, in Romania, from film shots took by professional and amateur cameramen. The film became a milestone for the analysis of the relationship between the political power and mass-media in Europe, at the end of the Cold War.
The second film of the review will be the extraordinary spatial poem „Out of the Present” (1995), which will be shown to the audience, in a restored copy, during a special screening, at the Outdoor Cinema Theatre „Capitol” from Timișoara. The film is focused on the Russian astronaut Serghei Krikaliov, who spent ten months in the orbital space station Mir, while on Earth the Soviet Union was going into decay.
Univocally considered, by the international critics, as a montaje film masterpiece, ”The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu”, the third reviewed title, was part of the Official Selection at Cannes Festival, in 2010. The film explores the image of the late dictator, from his rise to power until the Revolution, exclusively using archive official recordings, one of them either less known or totally unknown.
Andrei Ujică is presently working at a highly-awaited film, which makes the radiography of the beatlemania climax – the Beatles concert on August 15th 1965, at the Shea Stadium from New York.
Ceau, Cinema! Festival is dedicated to the European cinema and is organized by the Association Marele Ecran and the Association Pelicula Culturală.
The project is possible with the support of the Romanian Film Centre and the Timiș County Council.
The event is entirely made by volunteers, with the support of: Vitas Romania, TNT Romania, Pegas Bicycle, the French Institute of Timişoara, the „Csiky Gergely” Hungarian State Theatre from Timișoara, the National Theater „Mihai Eminescu” from Timișoara, the Direction for Culture Timiş, „Banatul” Philharmonic, Auăleu Theatre, Dcumentor, the Polish Institute from Bucharest, AMBASADA, MISC.
Media partners: Kiss FM, Ziarul Metropolis, All about Romanian Cinema (AaRC).