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January 27, 2023

Ion B. documentary wins award in Kosovo DokuFest

“Lumea vazuta de Ion B.” (The World According to Ion B.), directed by Alexander Nanau, won the Balkan Documentary Competition Award in the ninth edition of DokuFest, which took place in Prizren, Kosovo, between July 31 and August 7, the website for the event informs.

The festival featured 198 films from 37 countries.

The jury for the competition included Emel Celebi (Turkey), Mike Palmieri (USA) and Sissi Korhonen (Finland). Alexander Nanau’s film, “Lumea vazuta de Ion B.”, tells the tale of Ion Barladeanu, who, from the life of a tramp on the streets of Bucharest, went on to become an internationally acclaimed artist. Past 60, Ion Barladeanu is the latest discovery in Romanian art. Three years ago he was living and working as a garbage-collector in a block in Bucharest. In 2009, his works were being exhibited in London, alongside works by Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp. This year he had his own exhibition – “Realpolitik” – at a prestigious gallery in Paris, in which his works were admired, among others, by the actress Angelina Jolie. Alexander Nanau started shooting the documentary the moment Ion B.’s works started to be known and appreciated. The film offers a glimpse of what Eastern Europe may have to offer: undiscovered talents, people who learned to live in secrecy to keep their inner truth and to survive the communist regime. “Lumea vazuta de Ion B.” won the Gopo Best Documentary Award in March and is, at present, running the circuit of international festivals. The film was produced by HBO Romania and Alexander Nanau Pro.

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