Romanian documentary „Collective” nominated for BAFTA

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Collective tells the story of a devastating nightclub fire in Romania.

It left 64 people dead and exposed the wide-scale corruption inside government and the country’s health care system which lay behind the tragedy.

The documentary ‘Collective’ was nominated on Tuesday for a Bafta award to add to its two Oscar nominations.

Alexander Nanau, 41, is the Emmy award-winning director behind Collective, the hard-hitting documentary  which shows the aftermath of the 2015 Bucharest nightclub fire that brought down the Romanian government.

It’s a raw and graphic movie, featuring no interviews or voiceovers. It tells the story of a tragic accident that uncovers weaknesses in the Romanian healthcare system and alleges political corruption on an huge scale.

The documentary has been well-received in Britain with positive reviews and endorsements from celebrities including Russell Brand and Channel 4 journalist Jon Snow.

It’s also Romania’s official Oscar entry in the best foreign film category, although it’s probably not a submission Romanian government is eager to promote.

The film starts with shocking footage of the incredible speed at which the fire ripped through the Colectiv nightclub on 30 October 2015.

Other films nominated for the documentary section are David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet, The Dissident, My Octopus Teacher and The Social Dilemma.

The 74th British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTAs, will be held on 11 April 2021 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, honoring the best national and foreign films of 2020.


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