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

afis marele jaf
Original title: Marele jaf comunist
English title: The Great Communist Bank Robbery
Director: Alexandru Solomon
Produced by: Libra Film Productions
Production year: 2005
Length: 75'
Production status: Released

In 1959, in Romania, six former members of the nomenklatura and the secret police organise 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.

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
November 2004: Historical Documentary Prize Award, Festival du Film d’Histoire, Pessac, France
May 2005: Grand Prix, Mediawave Gyor, Hungary
May 2005: Prize for Social Values, Documenta Madrid
April 2005: Best Director, Hungarian-Romanian Dok Festival, Sf. Gheorghe, Romania

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