Ieşirea trenurilor din gară

The Exit of the Trains
On June 29, 1941, the Jewish residents of the city of Iasi were rounded up and beaten, shops and homes were looted, and most of the men were shot or crowded onto trains, where they later died of asphyxiation. While Germans took part in the pogrom, the majority of the perpetrators were Romanian policemen, military officers and civilians. How can a film deal with this crime? Radu Jude and Adrian Cioflâncă have opted for a radical, pared-down approach: their film lists the names of those who died from A to Z, illustrating them with photographs from passports and family albums. Astoundingly sober accounts are heard in voiceover. Through repetition, accumulation and variation, the filmmakers make the scale of the atrocity tangible, allow nuances to emerge and give the number of victims – 13,000 – concrete form, until, at the end, after about two-and-a-half hours, they draw on an entirely different visual register.
by Radu Jude, Adrian Cioflâncă Romania 2020 Romanian 175’ World premiere Documentary form

Crew

Written and Directed byRadu Jude, Adrian Cioflâncă
CinematographyMarius Panduru
EditingCătălin Cristuțiu
Sound DesignDana Bunescu
SoundDana Bunescu
Assistant DirectorVasile Todinca
ProducersAda Solomon
ProducersCarla Fotea, Radu Jude
Co-Productionnomada.solo, Bukarest, Rumänien

Produced by

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Radu Jude

Born in Bucharest, Romania in 1977, he has a degree in film from the city’s Media University. He began his career as an assistant director before making his first short, The Tube with the Hat, in 2006. His feature debut, The Happiest Girl in the World, screened in the 2009 Forum and garnered worldwide attention. He won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2015 Berlinale with Aferim! In 2017, Locarno screened his first documentary, The Dead Nation. His most recent films, Uppercase Print and The Exit of the Trains, both premiered in the 2020 Forum.

Filmography

2006 Lampa cu caciula (The Tube with a Hat) 2007 In the Morning 2009 Cea mai fericită fată din lume (The Happiest Girl in the World) 2011 Film pentru prieteni (A Film for Friends) 2012 Toată lumea din familia noastra (Everybody in Our Family) 2015 Aferim! 2016 Inimi cicatrizate (Scarred Hearts – Vernarbte Herzen / Scarred Hearts) 2017 Țara moartă (Die tote Nation / The Dead Nation) 2018 Îmi este indiferent dacă în istorie vom intra ca barbari (Mir ist es egal, wenn wir als Barbaren in die Geschichte eingehen / I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians) 2020 Uppercase Print · Ieşirea trenurilor din gară (The Exit of the Trains) 2021 Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc (Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021

Adrian Cioflâncă

Born in Piatra Neamt in 1974. He studied History. His work as a historian is particularly focused on the history of the Holocaust and communism as well as political violence. He is currently director of the Wilhelm Filderman Center for the Study of Jewish History in Romania. Cioflâncă has worked as a consultant for various film and theatre productions. Ieşirea trenurilor din gară is his first film.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020