From 5 November 2021
Widely recognized as one of the most influential filmmakers working today, Romanian filmmaker Radu Jude developed throughout the years a highly distinctive positioning within contemporary cinema. Blending sharp, unflinching criticism towards the darker side of his country’s past with mockery and irony, his body of work represents among the most politically acute as well as the most formally innovative ones in contemporary cinema.
Radu Jude’s work has been widely recognized across major international festival, winning awards at Karlovy Vary (I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians), Locarno Film Festival (Scarred Hearts), Sundance Film Festival and his most recent Golden Bear Award for Best Film at the Berlinale for his latest Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn. From his early works until today, Jude’s thought-provoking work, exploring the fragile and tensed space between past and present, fact and fiction, has been some of the most essential of the Romanian New Wave – a movement recognized in the mid-2000s and characterized by austere and realist approaches to social and political realities blended with brazen black humour.
Formally innovative, Jude’s work is essential in deconstructing the eventful recent past of Romania, marked by the 1989 Revolution that freed its people from an authoritative regime. Throughout his films, Radu Jude never fails to confront this past and its reminiscence in today’s society, while delivering masterclasses of storytelling.