The Tanase Affair / Afacerea Tanase (2013)

Original title: Afacerea Tănase
English title: The Tănase Affair
Director: Ionuț Teianu
Produced by: Libra Film Production
Production year: 2013
Length: 56 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Production status: Released

In 1982 the newly elected president of France François Mitterrand faces romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu through an espionage story worthy of a police novel, a conflict during the Cold War a backstage fight between the secret services of the two countries DST and the Securitate.

In january 1982, Ceausescu asks one of his agents to kill two romanian dissidents in Paris, writers Virgil Tanase and Paul Goma both French citizens. Instead Matei Haiducu, the Securitate agent, known as Matthieu Forestier went directly to DST.

French services then prepared one of the most incredible operations during the Cold War. They kidnapped Virgil Tanase in order to make Securitate believe that their agent fulfilled his mission. President Mitterrand aware of the secret operation made a public anouncement in which he canceled his official visit  to Romania, thus giving the story of the kidnapping a caracter of autenticity.

According to DST the purpose of the operation was to make general Plesita, head of Securitate to find refuge in France. The plan failed due to a leak of information in the press started by judge Jean-Louis Debré.

In order to defend themselves, the secret agent and the two potential victims organised a press conference and revealed the case.

Nowadays, we can give another meaning to the 1982 events. There is a posibility that president Mitterrand’s involvement may have had another reason than just protecting a dissident, a reason closely related to French internal politics.

Directed by: Ionuț Teianu
Screenplay: Ionuț Teianu, Liviu Tofan
Cinematography: Horea Lapteș, Simona Susnea, Tudor Hristescu
Editing: Dana Bunescu ( Fundatia Arte Vizuale)
Executive producer: Tudor Hristescu
Produced by Libra Film
Astra Film Festival, Sibiu, Romania, 2013 - Special Prize for Romanian Documentary
Great Prize Award and Best Directing Award at Docuart Fest, Bucharest, Romania, 2014

Selected at:
Astra Film Festival, Sibiu, Romania, 2013
FIPA, Biarritz, France 2014
Docuart Fest, Bucharest, Romania, 2014
Transilvania International Film Festival, Romanian Days, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2014