Oct 19 2007

“Cold Waves” documentary

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“Cold Waves” documentary to open Astra Film Festival

The film praises the role of Radio Free Europe during the communist dictatorship.

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The documentary “Cold Waves” by Alexandru Solomon, a co-production between Romania, Germany and Luxembourg (Paul Thiltges Distributions) , will open the Astra Film Festival in Sibiu on October 22. This is the first time Solomon’s new feature-length documentary is presented. The celebrated filmmaker states that “Cold Waves” is a film about propaganda and terrorism during the Cold War.

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“Cold Waves” documentary to open Astra Film Festival

The film praises the role of Radio Free Europe during the communist dictatorship.

cold waves

The documentary “Cold Waves” by Alexandru Solomon, a co-production between Romania, Germany and Luxembourg (Paul Thiltges Distributions) , will open the Astra Film Festival in Sibiu on October 22. This is the first time Solomon’s new feature-length documentary is presented. The celebrated filmmaker states that “Cold Waves” is a film about propaganda and terrorism during the Cold War.

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  1. filmreakteron 19 Oct 2007 at 11:47

    BUCHAREST – The documentary “Cold Waves” by Alexandru Solomon, a co-production between Romania, Germany and Luxembourg, will open the Astra Film Festival in Sibiu on October 22. This is the first time Solomon’s new feature-length documentary is presented. The celebrated filmmaker states that “Cold Waves” is a film about propaganda and terrorism during the Cold War.

    “All characters in this story face each other again in ‘Cold Waves’: radio voices, terrorists, the general public, intellectuals as well as Securitate people and Communist Party leaders; Romanians, Germans, Americans, French and others,” Alexandru Solomon explains.

    This is “an unparalleled love and hatred story woven around something you can neither see, nor touch, nor weigh: radio waves.” In the ‘70s and ‘80s, Radio Free Europe was a pressure valve for millions of Romanians to release their discontent, as well as their witness and close friend. But to the communist apparatus people, the radio station was a deadly enemy.

    Prior to the release of the film, Alexandru Solomon told Rompres that Radio Free Europe had a major influence in Romania. “We grew up with this radio station, it was the only source of information before ’89, and it was a force that the communist regime did take into account. There was an all-out war between Ceausescu, his people and Radio Free Europe,” Alexandru Solomon pointed out. He said there were several sources for the film script, since there are a lot of editors and journalists having worked with Radio Free Europe in the respective period (’77-‘89). Solomon also added that there were the listeners, and the regime people who struggled against this radio channel, which they saw as “the Americans’ puppet.”

    The project won the National Cinema Centre award for 2005.

    Alexandru Solomon found co-producers for his film, alongside Hi Film, i.e. Geppert Productions and Paul Thiltges Distributions, jointly with TVR, YLE Finland. The project was supported by the Jan Vrijman Foundation.

    After the Astra Festival, the documentary will be presented in the Leipzig and Amsterdam festivals, and will be released in Romanian cinema halls on November 30.
    by George Grigoriu
    http://www.nineoclock.ro/index.php?page=detalii&categorie=culture&id=20071017-504925

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