The Great Communist Bank Robbery / Marele jaf comunist (2005)

Length: 75'


In 1959, in Romania, six former members of the nomenklatura and the secret police organize a hold up of the National Bank. After their arrest, the state forces them to play themselves in a film which reconstitutes the crime and the investigation. At the end of their trial, filmed live, they are sentenced to death and executed. A month later, the film Reconstitution was released and became a sensation throughout the country. Today, Alexandru Solomon retraces this incredible story.

Production status: Released

Director: Alexandru Solomon
Scriptwriter: Alexandru Solomon
Cinematography: Constantin Chelba
Editing: Sophie Reiter
Sound design: Dana Bunescu, Viorel Dobre
Producers: Serge Lalou, Virginie Vallat/ / Les Films d'Ici, Tudor Giurgiu/ Libra Film
Partners: Eurimages, CNC France, CNC Romania, Discovery Campus, Jan Vrijman Fund

Selected at:
2004 Joris Ivens Competition at IDFA (Amsterdam, festival de class A)
2004 Transilvania International Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca Romania Ecrans Documentaires (France)
2005 Alpe Adria / Trieste International Film Festival, Italy
2005 Minneapolis/St. Paul Art Film Festival, SUA
2005 Jerusalem (festival de class A)
2005 Sarajevo International Film Festival
2005 Ljubljana International Documentary Film Festival
2005 Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival
2005 FIPA (Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels) - Biarritz, France
2005 Leipzig, Valladolid, Ridm, Traces de vies 2005 Internationales Filmfestivales Mannheim - Heidelberg 2005 Festival of European Co-productions - Bulgary 2005 Romanian Film Week at Paris (France) 2005 European Film Festival, Bucharest (Romania) 200