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9 Apr
Thu, Apr 9, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Roxie Theater
Roxie Theater 3117 16th Street CA 94103 United States
10 Apr
Fri, Apr 10 at 8:15 pm
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive


A shattering exposé of systemic corruption, Collective depicts the woeful response to the victims of a Bucharest nightclub fire and the brave and resourceful journalists who uncover the story. That 27 people perish in a club with no fire exits is tragic enough, but when 37 die later under hospital care, it catches the attention of Cătălin Tolontan, a writer for a sports daily. With a team of colleagues, he uncovers a medical and political establishment whose very framework is mind-bogglingly ill-equipped.

“Every now and then a documentary doesn’t just open your eyes but tears you apart by exposing a moral rift with resonance far beyond the film’s home country. Collective, Alexander Nanau’s explosive observational documentary about unfathomable corruption at the heart of the Romanian medical industry, is such a work.” –Jay Weissberg, Variety

Director Alexander Nanau

A native of Romania, Alexander Nanau immigrated to Germany as a child with his family. He studied directing at Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin, making his feature bow with Peter Zadek inszeniert Peer Gynt (2006). His other films include The World According to Ion B. (2009), the winner of an International Emmy Award for Arts Programming, and Toto and His Sisters (2014), which captured three prizes at the Leipzig DOK Festival.

Film Details

Language Romanian, English

Original Language Title Colectiv

Year 2019

Runtime 109

Country Romania/Luxembourg

Director Alexander Nanau

Producer Alexander Nanau, Bianca Oana

Editor Alexander Nanau, George Cragg, Dana Bunescu

Cinematographer Alexander Nanau

Music Kyan Bayani