Director: Radu Jude
Country: Romania/Germany/ Bulgaria/ France/Czech Republic
Year: 2018
Running time: 140 min
In Romanian with English subtitles

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Best Film – Karlovy Vary International Film Festival; Best Feature Film – IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival; Best Film – Minsk International Film Festival; Best Film – Vukovar Film Festival; selected to represent Romania for the 2019 Academy Awards

“I do not care if we go down in history as barbarians.” These words, spoken by Romania’s military dictator Marshal Ion Antonescu in the Council of Ministers in the summer of 1941, started the ethnic cleansing on the Eastern Front.

“Tasked with staging a public performance relating to Romanian history, an idealistic theatre director opts to stage a re-enactment of a 1941 massacre of tens of thousands of Jews by Romanian troops. Her choice angers a city official who threatens to close the production because of its “anti-Romanian” take on history. However, the reaction to the piece is one that neither anticipated. This internationally-acclaimed dark satire is a timely statement about the consequences of selective and willful amnesia on a society fueled by populist sentiments.”
- Toronto Jewish Film Festival

One of contemporary Europe's most distinctive creators has come out with an ingeniously conceived film. While it unfolds slowly and in detail, it hits the viewer with a singular emotional punch.

Radu Jude’s sixth feature comes on the heels of a pair of critical favorites—AFERIM!, featured on New York Times critic A.O. Scott’s “Best of 2016” list; and SCARRED HEARTS, which made The New Yorker critic Richard Brody’s “Best of 2018” list.

Jude, whose earlier fiction feature films (THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD and EVERYBODY IN OUR FAMILY) received accolades at numerous festivals in Europe and the US, is also known for a string of prize-winning short films, including THE TUBE WITH A HAT (2006), which took the top prize at Sundance and 15 other awards at festivals around the world.




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  • 10/4-8/18 Hamptons Intl. Film Festival, Southampton, NY
  • 11/8-15/18 AFI Fest, Los Angeles, CA
  • 11/26-12/6/18 Making Waves Festival of New Romanian Cinema, BAMcinematek, Brooklyn, NY
  • 11/30-12/19/18 AFI EU Film Showcase, Silver Springs, MD
  • 1/3-14/19 Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival, Palm Springs, CA
  • 3/7-21/19 Portland Intl. Film Festival, Portland, OR
  • 4/12-14/19 Chicago Romanian Film Festival, Chicago, IL
  • 5/16-6/9/19 Seattle Intl. Film Festival, Seattle, WA
  • 5/20/19 Harvard Film Archives, Cambridge, MA
  • 7/19-25/19 IFC Center, New York, NY - US Theatrical Premiere!
  • 7/26-8/1/19 Laemmle's Monica, Santa Monica, CA - West Coast Theatrical Premiere!
  • 7/27-29/19 Laemmle's Playhouse, Pasadena, CA
  • 8/2-8/19 Facets Cinematheque, Chicago, IL
  • 8/6/19 Philadelphia Film Society, Philadelphia, PA
  • 8/9-15/19 Jean Cocteau Cinema, Santa Fe, NM
  • 8/28-31/19 Dairy Arts Center, Boulder, CO
  • 8/29/9/4/19 CinemaFest San Juan, San Juan, PR
  • 9/6-12/19 The Beacon Cinema, Seattle, WA
  • 9/12-29/19 Time & Space Ltd., Hudson, NY
  • 9/15/19 Interational Film Society, Boulder, CO
  • 9/29, 10/1/19 Austin Film Society, Austin, TX
  • 10/3/19 DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Notre Dame, IN
  • 10/10, 13/19 Cleveland Cinematheque, Cleveland, OH
  • 12/4/19 Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
  • 12/13-19/19 Lake Worth Playhouse, Lake Worth, FL
  • 12/12, 15/19 Film Lab, Detroit, MI
  • 2/27/20 BAM-PFA, Berkeley, CA
  • 3/29/20 Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, Quad Cities, IA
  • 10/15-17/20 Frankfort Film Festival, Frankfort, MI
  • 12/2,5/21 Vancouver Film Festival, Vancouver, BC
  • 9/18/22 Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, NY
  • 11/30/22 George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
  • 2/18/24 Metro Cinema, Edmonton, AB
  • 3/9/24 American Cinematheque, Los Feliz, CA


“Darkly comic, politically timely…a mature, ambitious work from a spirited auteur who has mastered the cinematic rules well enough to break them with confidence.” - Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

“A provocative, sarcastic, and momentous act of interrogation between the past and the present.. [“Barbarians”] is a culmination of all Jude’s recent formal and thematic preoccupations. And gluing it all together, there’s Iacob’s unassumingly riveting performance…a fiercely intelligent, engaging and challenging wake-up call, a film that leaves you smarter at the end than when you went in…”
– Jessica Kiang, Variety

“A dazzlingly dialectical and daring comedy that brings past and present together...” – Demetrios Matheou, Screen Daily

“A potent argument for truth in art, and a provocative challenge for all nations to reckon honestly with their own history.”
– Philip Concannon, The Skinny

"Despite it being a rather challenging film, we thought it was very important for us to show. But the audience’s response to the film exceeded our expectation." – Stuart Hands, Director, Toronto Jewish Film Festival





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