Director: Alexander Nanau Run Time: 109 min. Language: Romanian
After an explosive fire claims the lives of 27 people at Bucharest nightclub, Colectiv, officials reassure the public that surviving victims will receive care in facilities that are “better than in Germany.” Weeks later, a rising causality count leads intrepid reporters at the Sports Gazette to investigate. Just as a crucial tip exposes Hexi Pharma, a local firm’s culpability, the firm’s owner dies under mysterious circumstances and the health minister quietly resigns amid the uproar -but this is only the first chapter in a thrilling, ever-twisting exposé.
Closely tracking the efforts of the Gazette team as they methodically discover layer upon layer of fraud and criminal malfeasance, Alexander Nanau’s COLLECTIVE is a fast-paced, real-time detective story about truth, accountability, and the value of an independent press in partisan times.
Immediately following the film there will be a pre-recorded discussion between filmmaker Alexander Nanau and ROLLING STONE critic Kameron Austin Collins. This conversation is exclusive to virtual cinema engagements.
“[A] gripping, despairing exposé of institutional injustice.” ~ Justin Chang, Variety
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