The massacre by the Romanian army of the Jews of Odessa in 1941 is seen by some as the beginning of the Holocaust. A quote from the then Prime Minister Antonescu is used as the title for this engaging and ingeniously constructed drama.
The idealistic young theater director Mariana works on an open-air play based on the events of the time. It becomes a nerve-racking process, in which she has to deal with extras don’t want to play with Roma actors, and with an eloquent representative of the city council who tries to strip the play of its sharp edges. The present is closer to the past than Mariana would like.
The fierce political-philosophical discussions, together with historical images, literary quotations and Mariana’s personal problems, provide a layered perspective. Thus, it grows into an alternately wry, lighthearted, and intimate reflection in realistic tone.
Introduced by Chaja Merk
Chaja Merk is a Jewish intersectional climate activist. She works as a communications expert at Milieudefensie. From Oy Vey Acts, Chaja works against the increasing anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination in the Netherlands.
This screening is part of Cineforum Festival, taking place on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of September.