A new Romanian movie was one of the biggest winners of the Karlovy Vary movie festival in Czeck Republick. “I don’t care if we go into history as barbarians” directed by Radu Jude has won the grand prize this weekend.
It is a first for a Romanian movie to win such a prize. The Crystal Glove was awarded to Jude on Saturday, who was lucky to also win the Europa Cinemas Label Award. The award was created in 2003 in order to improve the distribution and promotion of European Movies in cinemas.
Many important names in the European cinematography have won this prize in the previous years. This award was given for the first time in 1948 to ” The Last Stage”, a Polish movie directed by Wanda Jabuqoska. Other famous winners were “Capricious Summer” by Jiri Menzel, “Kes” by Ken Loach and “Amelie” by Jean -Pierre Jeunet.
12 movies from Turkey, Slovenia, Canada and Spain were selcted in this competition which was judged by British director Mark Cousins, actress Zrinka Cvitesic, Marta Donzelli, Zdenek Holy and Nanouk Leopold.
The movie was praised by the international media. The movie title” I don’t care if we go into history as barbarians” represents a phrase which was said in 1941 by professor Mihai Antonescu during a Ministry councile and the movie is a response to this phrase.
The movie stars Ioana Iacob, Alexandru Dabija, Alex Bogdan, Ilinca Manolache, Serban Pavlu, Ion Rizea, Claudia Ieremia and Bogdan Cotlet Radu. It focuses on a woman director who makes a movie which reenacts the atrocities from 1941. Radu Jude has won several awards in the past – the Silver Bear Award in 2015 for “Aferim!” and the Ily Prize at the Cannes Film festival for ” Trece si prin perete”.