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September 16, 2019
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The World According to Ion B – nominated for Emmy

The successful HBO one hour documentary film was nominated for the 38th edition of International Emmy awards, informs the site’s official website. The nominees have been announced by The Interna­tional Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, with the winners to be named at a ceremony in New York City on November 22 hosted by Jason Priestley.


Directed by Alexandru Nanau, the documentary tells the real-life story of Ion Bârladeanu who, in the beginning of the film is a homeless man living in a garbage-strewn alleyway in Bucharest when he is discovered by a gallery owner and lands his first art show at the age of sixty-two. After decades of toiling in obscurity, amassing thousands of image clippings, Ion’s collages are now being curated and collected. An outsider turned ingénue, he goes from being a “useless piece of junk” under communism to a big success, with his own home and bicycle in capitalism. Living under Ceausescu’s regime forced Ion to create art in the truest sense, for himself, as a means of self-expression. His scathing and provocative political collages make statements that could never have been made in Romanian society until now. Proving Hippocrates’ proverb that “art is long, life is short,” filmmaker Alexander Nanau chronicles one man’s complete transformation at the end of his life, and shows how his art will outlive us all.


As for the other nominees in this year’s international Emmy’s, best actor nominees are Bob Hoskins for The Street, Sebastian Koch for Sea Wolf, nominees for best actress are Iris Berben for The Krupps: A Family Between War and Peace, Helena Bonham Carter for Enid and in the drama category are Clouds Over the Hill, Epitafios, The Killing II and The Street.

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