Libertate

Freedom
Directed by: 
2023
Libertate (Tudor Giurgiu)

The revolution in Romania in the last days of 1989 was a confusing affair, because even in the euphoria of the "victory" over the Ceau┼čescu dictatorship, new authorities were already beginning to establish themselves. Tudor Giurgiu tells about this using the example of Sibiu and literally from below: Viorel Stanese of the judicial police is arrested as a "terrorist" and imprisoned in an empty swimming pool with many other alleged enemies of the revolution. Giurgiu shows the revolution as a chaotic process of seizing power. A whole series of figures from the apparatuses, but also young representatives of civil society, find themselves on the wrong side of history. The empty swimming pool becomes a gathering place for the losers of the revolution, and thus a symbol of post-communist Romania. (Film Museum Munich)