Screening of the feature film "The Pitești Experiment"

09 March 2022

We are pleased to invite you to the Gala Screening of the feature film about the "The Pitești Experiment", a project carried out throughout a decade of work. The event will take place at the National Theater in Bucharest, on March 9, 2022, Ion Caramitru Hall, at 6 pm; this event is dedicated to the memory of Ion Caramitru. Aleksandr Soljeniț used to say about the Pitesti Experiment that it was the biggest and most aggressive program of brainwashing through torture in the Eastern block, that it was “the biggest barbarity of the contemporary world”. Unknown history repeats itself. The film "The Pitesti Experiment" is a project carried out without a budget, 100% independent, made from donations and deferred contracts. The access to the event will be based on the Green Certificate, in accordance with the measures in force to combat the effects of the pandemic. This event was made possible by the involvement of our partners: The National Theatre from Bucharest, Iulius Meinl, Aqua Carpatica, Canon, Sâmburești Vineyards, Conviv, Smart Point, The Cismas Foundation, NYM HOUSE, West Buy, Pada Murre, ”Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University Iași, Costache Negruzii High School, The Museum of Romanian Literature from Iași, Bolta Rece from Iași, CFR Club from Iași, Court of Appeal from Bucharest, Iași National Theater, Ion Grumăzescu antique shop, Iași Freight Station, Autonom - Car Rentals, ”Tradiția Militară” Association, Green Film Studios, Romanian Film Foundation. Translated by Andreea Codrea-Boeriu 

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Documentary Film “1989. The Diary of a Revolution”

12 January 2021

Production of the “I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest Director: Carmen Lidia ViduWith: Ion Caramitru, Oana Pellea, Daniel Badale, Florentina Țilea, Germina Nagâț, Dan Voinea, Dennis Deletant, Andrei Ursu, Lavinia BeteaMultimedia: Cristina BaciuPhoto - Video Drone Operator: Florin BoicescuImage Operator: Marius DoniciPhoto: Vlad LăzărescuDecember 2020 Online Video   Teaser   One of the moral duties of the theatre is to ask questions and engage in dialogue.Everyone has a different opinion about how one was during the Revolution, whether one experienced it or not.Most of the information that the population has assimilated and repeats is "the official one", sometimes forgetting their personal history. The documentary film "1989. The Diary of a Revolution” aims to combine the two types of images (official and private ones) to outline a more nuanced image of the 1989 Revolution.The documentary is a cultural hybrid adapted to the social context, made of elements of film, theatre, set television, videomapping, aerial filming. In addition to the testimonies of actors Ion Caramitru, Oana Pellea, Daniel Badale and Florentina Țilea, you will also be able to watch interviews about the Securitate, the Ceausescu Trial, the Revolution, the terrorists made with Germina Nagâț, Lavinia Betea, Dan Voinea, Dennis Deletant and Andrei Ursu. Reviews“About simple, emotional things. The main advantage seems to me to be the naturalness of the testimony. Maybe because in this completely different December we need more than ever, maybe just as much as we needed in December 1989, genuineness and humanity. "Mircea Morariu, Contributors - December 1989, the Genuineness of the Testimony    “1989. The Diary of a Revolution” is a projection that captivates through naturalness, the captured testimonies show a new attitude towards an event that, some time ago, was still approached with spite. The production ends with the director Carmen Lidia Vidu herself: "Denying the revolution is like cutting off a people's self-confidence."Tudor Voicu, Book Agency - It was a Revolution   "Faced with their parallel destinies, actors, people, researchers or historians, the representatives of a more objective position, of official history, written in documents, realize together what we all know in one form or another as the Revolution of 1989. The formula chosen by Carmen Lidia Vidu, alternating official and subjective testimonies, without proposing a textbook history, non-interrogative, clarifying certain issues through interviews, without intervening herself in the documentary approach, however quite gentle in tone, is one under the sign of the possible and which leaves very much room for the future.”Dana Tabrea, Ziarul de Iași - A Film after a Theatre Show   “My impressions? I enjoyed it very much, it made me think, it clarified some things for me. The technical part, visual, auditory, script, games, surprises, pleasures, joys, moments of sadness, regret, sighing - all were well combined. I endorse it.”Olivian Breda, Blog - Documentary film (confession) - Romanian Diary. 1989  “From theatre to film, with Carmen Lidia Vidu, pioneering director of Romanian multimedia: The actors became documents of the Revolution. They are Romania’s living culture”.NTB Blog: Carmen Lidia Vidu in Dialogue with Olivia Chirvasiu  Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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