Uppercase Print
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    Uppercase Print

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    128 min

    • Romanian


    Romania, 1981. Ceausescu is in office, leading a communist Romania. He writes the official story with the help of the National Television. Mugur Călinescu, a 16 y.o. teenager, writes another story on walls with chalked uppercase protest messages against the regime. His actions are compiled in a voluminous file kept by the Secret Police (Securitate), which observed, apprehended, interrogated and destroyed him. Linking both stories - secret and public - personal and collective - brings to light an unknown hero 30 years after the fall of communism.



    Bogdan Zamfir
    Șerban Lazarovici
    Ioana Iacob
    Șerban Pavlu
    Radu Jude
    Gianina Cărbunariu
    Marius Panduru
    Cătălin Cristuțiu

    Director's Statement

    Why the theatrical mise-en-scène of the film? Why a “filmed play”, in other words? Several people have already asked me that and I think nothing is more contemptuous among filmmakers than to call a film a “filmed play”. First of all, contrary to such opinions, I believe there is no such thing as “filmed plays” to begin with; there are plays and there are films. A filmed play becomes a film.

    Radu Jude

    Radu Jude


    I think that cinema has this quality, to see things from a certain distance, a quality which can offer to a viewer the possibility of looking at something told in an objective way and to form his/her own opinion

    Radu Jude is a Romanian director and screenwriter. He studied filmmaking in Bucharest and started his career as an assistant director. In 2006, he made the short film THE TUBE WITH THE HAT, winner of more than 50 international awards. Jude's feature debut THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD (2009) was selected for more than 50 international film festivals. Titles such as AFERIM, SCARRED HEARTS and EVERYBODY IN OUR FAMILY followed and won multiple awards: Silver Bear for Best Director in Berlinale 2015, Special Jury Prize in Locarno 2016 and an EFA nomination for Best Scriptwriter. The international premiere of THE DEAD NATION in Locarno 2017 marked his debut in documentary film. His feature I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS (2018) won the Crystal Globe for Best Film and Label Europa Cinema Prize in Karlovy Vary. Recent films are UPPERCASE PRINT (2020) and THE EXIT OF THE TRAINS (2020). His latest is BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN (2021) was selected at Berlinale.

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