COLLECTIVE (COLLECTIV) Documentary

COLLECTIVE (COLLECTIV)

Following the film, AFI Festivals Senior Programmer Ken Jacobson leads a conversation between filmmaker Alexander Nanau and subject Cătălin Tolontan.

In 2015, a fire roared through the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest, Romania, killing 27 people and leaving over 100 injured. Following the tragedy, the Romanian Health Minister declared that the burn victims would receive the highest quality treatment. Nothing could be further from the truth. Due to a corruption scandal as horrifying as the fire itself, the treating hospitals used diluted disinfectant leading to 37 additional deaths.

Alexander Nanau’s riveting exposé follows the investigative journalists at Gazeta Sporturilor as they unpeel the scandal, layer by layer. When public protests bring down the government, a patient rights advocate becomes Health Minister. Nanau, with amazing access, now pivots to track the investigations from inside the Health Minister’s office. COLLECTIVE is an unsparing portrait of evil acts and the courage required to uncover the truth. –Ken Jacobson

Alexander Nanau is a German-Romanian filmmaker born in Romania who studied directing at The Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). His documentary film THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ION B was awarded an International Emmy® Award in 2010. His feature documentary film TOTO AND HIS SISTERS was a 2015 European Academy Award® nominee.

Gavin Briscoe
Magnolia Pictures
gbriscoe@magpictures.com

Details

Country: Romania, Luxembourg

Year: 2019

Director: Alexander Nanau

Screenwriter: Antoaneta Opriș

Producers: Alexander Nanau, Bianca Oana

Executive Producers: Antony Root, Philippa Kowarsky

Director of Photography: Alexander Nanau

Editors: Alexander Nanau, George Cragg, Dana Bunescu

Music: Kyan Bayani

Cast/Featuring: Cătălin Tolontan, Camelia Roiu, Tedy Ursuleanu, Mirela Neag, Vlad Voiculescu, Răzvan Luțac

Running Time (minutes): 109

Languges: Romanian, English

Accessibility: Closed Captions

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