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May 9, 2021

colectiv, the documentary made by Alexander Nanau, a co-production of HBO Europe, selected at Sundance Film Festival

One of the most anticipated documentaries in 2020, colectiv, made by Alexander Nanau, was selected at Sundance in the „Spotlight” section.


colectiv (Collective) held the world premiere in the official selection – outside the competition at the Venice International Film Festival 2019, was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and received the award for Best Documentary in the International Competition at the 15th edition of the Zurich Film Festival.

After the premiere in Venice and Toronto, where it received positive reviews and sparked overwhelming reactions, colectiv will be the only documentary film screened in the Spotlight section of the Sundance Film Festival (January 23 – February 2, 2020). The Spotlight section is a tribute to the exceptional submissions that held the world premiere in the previous year.

Produced by Alexander Nanau Production in co-production with HBO Europe and Samsa Film, colectiv is an observational documentary about the events of the first year of the tragedy in the Colectiv club. The film follows the story of 2016 and focuses on the relationship between the authorities and the journalists in an attempt to find out the truth. “colectiv” is about people versus system, the fine line between the truth and falsehood, about courage and responsibility.

“Every now and then a documentary doesn’t just open your eyes, but tears you apart by exposing a moral rift with resonance far beyond the film’s home country. “colectiv”, Alexander Nanau’s explosive observational documentary about unfathomable corruption at the heart of the Romanian medical industry. This is truly a documentary for our times, deserving of widespread exposure.”Variety

 The release in the cinemas in Romania, followed by the premiere on HBO and HBO GO, will take place in the spring of 2020.

 „colectiv” is produced by Alexander Nanau Production, in co-production with HBO Europe and Samsa Film Luxembourg, with the support of the National Centre of Cinematography, Film Fund Luxembourg and Sundance Documentary Fund, with the participation of MDR Germany, RTS Switzerland, RSI – Switzerland and YES Docu – Israel.

The film will be distributed to the cinemas in the country by Bad Unicorn.

The production team consists of Alexander Nanau (director, camera, editor, producer), Mihai Grecea (artist collaborator), Antoaneta Opris (dramaturgy), Bianca Oana (Alexander Nanau Production producer), Hanka Kastelicova (HBO Europe producer), Alina David (HBO Romania producer) and Bernard Michaux (Samsa Film producer).


About Alexander Nanau


Alexander Nanau, a German-Romanian director and producer, studied film directing at the German DFFB in Berlin and is the holder of two scholarships at the Sundance Institute and at the Academy of Arts (Akademie der Künste) in Berlin respectively. In 2007, he established in Romania the production house Alexander Nanau Production. His documentary film, „Lumea văzută de Ion B.”, won, in 2010, the International Emmy Award for „Arts Programming”, and „Toto și surorile lui”, Nanau’s next documentary, was nominated for the European Film Academy Awards in 2015. The latter had a large international distribution and was successful among the festivals worldwide. Nanau was the image director for the French-German documentary „Nothingwood”, filmed in Afghanistan, which premiered at Cannes in 2017, in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs selection.


About HBO Europe


In Europe, HBO provides channels to subscribers through five services covering 21 countries. In Central Europe, HBO is available directly to subscribers also through operators in Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Moldova. In Scandinavia, HBO Nordic (The Home of Series) provides a premium SVOD directly to consumers also through partner-operators in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. In Spain, HBO España is available as a SVOD service through the exclusive partnership with Vodafone Spain. In the Baltic States, the HBO content is available through the exclusive Telia partnership in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In February 2019, HBO Portugal was launched as a direct SVOD service to subscribers and through the exclusive partnership with Vodafone Portugal. HBO Europe has produced original local content in Central Europe since 2010, and in 2016 expanded its production activity in Scandinavia and Spain.


About Samsa Film


Samsa Film was established in 1986 in Luxembourg. It is the largest production house in the country, according to the size of the company and the number of films produced. Samsa has produced over 80 feature-length films, in addition to documentaries and short films, many of them award-winning at international festivals such as Berlin, Cannes, Venice, San Sebastian and Toronto. After more than successful 30 years, Samsa is one of the leading independent content aggregators in Europe.

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