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December 6, 2021

Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu – nominated for Cinema Eye Honors

The documentary “The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceau­sescu”, directed by Andrei Ujica, was nominated for Cinema Eye Honors, one of the most prestigious distinctions granted to non-fiction films, according to the website of the initiators.

The production is nominated in the Spotlight category, highlighting films they consider worthy to be promoted in the United States. The nominations are made by 25 of the directors of major non-fiction and indie film festivals, including the likes of Sundance, Woodstock, Copen­hagen, Tribeca and Silver Docs.
According to the motivation provided by the Cinema Eye Honors jury, Ujica’s documentary was nominated “because it offers a means of understanding, from a Romanian perspective, the age of a dictator who imposed his ego onto a nation”.

The Cinema Eye Honors annual gala will be held on January 18, 2001, at the New York Museum of the Moving Image, one of the most prestigious institutions in the film world. “’The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu’ may become eligible in the other sections – the best non-fiction film, best director, editing, etc. -, if it is screened in the American cinemas,” the promoters of the production argue.
In October, Ujica’s film won the trophy of the documentary section in the 11th edition of the Bergen International Film Festival (Norway).

Conceived like an essay, without voice-over or commentaries, after editing over 1,000 hours’ worth of footage from the Romanian National Film and Television Archives, the film covers 25 years out of the life of the dictator who was brought down on December 22, 1989. The production had its world premiere in the Cannes International Film Festival, being presented, afterwards, in the Toronto, San Sebastian, New York, Vancouver and London film festivals. After Cannes 2010, one of the reviewers of “The Autobiography” argued that Ujica’s documentary “made most of the action films in the festival seem commonplace and dull”.

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