Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Programme (2020)

Collective (2020)

In 2015, a fire at Bucharest’s Colectiv club leaves 27 dead and 180 injured. Soon, more burn victims begin dying in hospitals from wounds that were not life-threatening. Then a doctor blows the whistle to a team of investigative journalists. One revelation leads to another as the journalists start to uncover vast health care fraud. When a new health minister is appointed, he offers unprecedented access to his efforts to reform the corrupt system but also to the obstacles he faces. Following journalists, whistle-blowers, burn victims, and government officials, Collective is an uncompromising look at the impact of investigative journalism at its best.

Production notes

A monstrously edifying analysis which the German director (born in Romania and already well-received with his previous film Toto and His Sisters) shows us with exceptional cinematic talent, at the very opposite of the conventional TV investigative documentary. Nanau successfully combines the suspense — worthy of a thriller — of the journalists’ successive discoveries and the attempts of a new minister to fix the system, with sequences dedicated to the victims and survivors that are devoid of pathos but infinitely respectful.

Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

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Film Title : Collective
Language : romania
Director : Alexander Nanau
Year : 2019
Length : 109
Age limit : K16
Format : DCP
Cinematographer : Alexander Nanau
Editing : Alexander Nanau, George Cragg, Dana Bunescu
Producer : Bianca Oana, Alexander Nanau
Production Company : Alexander Nanau Production

Screenings :
Wed 29.1. at 19.00, Orion
Sat 1.2. at 20.15, Orion
Sun 2.2. at 18.00, Maxim 1