Why Me?

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Why Me? (De ce eu?)

Directed by Tudor Giurgiu

  • Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary 2014; 130 min
  • Original version: Romanian
  • Genre: Drama
    • Bulgarian Guild of Film Critics Award - Sofia IFF

Synopsis

Cristian, a young idealistic prosecutor whose career is on the rise, tries to crack a case against a senior colleague accused of corruption. The dilemma of choosing between his career and the truth weighs heavily on his shoulders. Looking further to solve the case, he enters a danger zone paved with unexpected and painful revelations.

Director's Statement

The film about Panait/ Panduru is, to a certain extent, the film about the failure of my generation – the failure to change Romania’s social and political environment. It’s about the idealistic people who were educated under communism and then experienced the 1989 Revolution, all full of high ideals. A generation that believed the political changes brought on by the 1989 revolution would trigger a final break away from the “old system”, which is mob-ridden and corrupt. But we were wrong. Now, just as in 2002, the year Panait died, the reality of Romanian society is harsh: former Securitate officers and active members of the actual SRI (the “new” Secret Service) have monopolized important businesses, as well as important political positions. In 2002, the fight between the secret services of the army, police, judiciary and the government (the latter of which inherited the old Securitate apparatus) reached its climax. Business was conducted behind closed doors under the serene patronage of the state’s ruling class, composed of representatives of the former communist power, now “rebranded” as social-democrats. Smuggling oil by-products was a huge source of income for the officers of the secret services, with the benevolent support of the politicians. What odds to succeed would that grant to people with strong moral backbones, like prosecutors Panduru or Leca?

Production

  • LIBRA FILM PRODUCTIONS

    Stefan Bradea 

International Sales

  • HERETIC OUTREACH

    Ioanna Stais