Ada SOLOMON (HiFilm Productions), Cedric BONIN (Seppia)
Imagine Nicolae Ceausescu would come back 20 years after he was overthrown and executed. That he would start meeting his ex staff, party aides and their children, who are now some of Romania’s leading entrepreneurs. Imagine the former Communist dictator would understand it is his nearest and dearest who built Capitalism and it’s them who are doing business with the EU, after our admission in 2007. Imagine all this and you’ll understand the paradox that we, Romanians and other Eastern Europeans alike, have to live with. This film is going to be an investigation made in the name of the one and only man who knows what he is talking about: Ceausescu has controlled the people, the resources and the money that have laid the foundation of capitalist Romania. He can decipher how capitalism was built with hammer & scythe. It is said that Ceausescu’s accounts have been used by certain nowadays capitalists as start-up money. Of course, there are enough those who aren’t connected to the old regime. But it’s the whole system that started to exist under his rule that gave birth to this kind of original recipe for Capitalism: nepotism, corruption, the absence of public control... We have it documented: the project will be developed along with a group of journalists specialized in investigations from the Centre for Investigative Journalism (www.crji.org), an independent body sponsored by the Danish Association of Investigative Journalism, which has access to people and information. On one hand, we will follow the investigative threads. On the other, the story of capitalism in Romania will be told by those who made it. The film’s epic will unfold in a gallery of portraits: we travel through the hall of fame of these great businessmen, painted in full colours, delivering their larger-than-life ambitions, dreams and lies... The proposal might seem absurd or funny – and it is. Because how else is postcommunist reality? I prefer to see it as a comedy. Anyway, there’s nothing more we can change about it. We cannot reverse 20 years. At least we should know something about these people. And I think Europe should know something about them. Romanian billionaires are now expanding their businesses abroad. After Eastern European countries joined the EU, the danger that their kind of capitalism becomes the norm is giving shivers.
Partners & financing
Seppia France, Arte TV, Romanian CNC, French CNC, Region Alsace, TVR, HBO Romania