From a formal point of view, The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu proves that it is possible to only use existing images to yield films focused on recent history, yet with an epic vein similar to that of the historical fiction cinema – such as, most notably, the ample period pieces dedicated by American cinema to the Vietnam War generation.
This is an eminently syntactic endeavor, where montage plays a twofold part: mise-en-scene, as it builds scenes that do not exist as such in the rushes, and classical editing, connecting scenes together. We may be witnessing the birth of a new film genre.
Director – Andrei Ujica
Produced by – Velvet Moraru
Production Company – ICON Production
Romania, 2010, 180 min.
Official Selection (Out of Competition) – Cannes 2010
Best International Documentary – Bergen IFF 2010
CPH:DOX Award Honorable Mention – CPH:DOX 2010
IndieWire Critics’ Poll for Best Undistributed Film and Best Documentary
International Cinephile Society Award for Best Documentary