“The post-modern narrative form seems almost tailor-made for Communist Romania, a murky land of suspicion and conspiracy theories: truth and lie, then and now, facts and assumptions, all merge to form a ghostly web. Solomon has used this to make a masterpiece of a film about the history of the Romanian section of Radio Free Europe.” – Chris Keulemans, IDFA.
During the 80’s, Radio Free Europe was the secret relief and confidant of its Romanian listeners. The Radio was Ceauşescu’s most important enemy; he even hired Carlos the Jackal to close it down. A strange alliance was thus forged, between a national-communist dictator and international terrorism. The world has changed, and there are different wars now. But if you listen to the voices, you may get a better picture…
Written and Directed by: Alexandru Solomon
Original title: Război pe calea undelor
Romania/ Germany/ Luxembourg, 2008, 108 minutes
This film is part of the series The Romanian New Wave, a special Cinemondo presentation brought to you by Link TV in association with the Romanian Cultural Institute, New York.
Starting in 2001, Romanian cinema surprised the world with a group of new filmmakers in their late thirties. Their movies - intense, dark humored and down to earth - were consistent with a radical belief that film in Romania could break through artistically. Responding to the hectic and sometimes chaotic post-Communist landscape, they took simple life stories and urban fables, and turned them into globally affecting films.
Broadly acclaimed by the international film press, and stubbornly productive despite a lack of resources, these young directors were regarded at first with disdain by Romanian critics. Yet slowly but surely they gained legitimacy, winning awards at Cannes and other major film festivals, and in the process putting Romanian cinema on the world map.
The films in this special series all come from this “new wave” of Romanian filmmakers. Few of them have had any theatrical exposure in the U.S., and through Cinemondo will reach a nationwide TV audience for the first time. Among the many highlights are Cristi Puiu’s Stuff and Dough, Porumboiu’s 12:08 East of Bucharest, Muntean’s The Paper Will Be Blue, and Nemescu’s Marilena From P7. Because documentary filmmaking has flourished alongside fictional films in Romania, three outstanding works are included in the series: Bar de Zi, Cold Waves and Testimony.
The Romanian New Wave series is a joint project of Link TV and the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, which arranged for these gems of world cinema to appear on Cinemondo and reach millions of American homes. Enjoy!
Corina Suteu, Director, Romanian Cultural Institute in New York
Steven Lawrence, Vice President, Music & Cultural Programming, Link TV