by Alexander Nanau
In 2015, a fire at Bucharest’s Colectiv club leaves 27 dead and 180 injured. Soon, more burn victims begin dying in hospitals from wounds that were not life-threatening. Then a doctor blows the whistle to a team of investigative journalists. One revelation leads to another as the journalists start to uncover vast health care fraud. When a new health minister is appointed, he offers unprecedented access to his efforts to reform the corrupt system but also to the obstacles he faces. Following journalists, whistle-blowers, burn victims, and government officials, Collective is an uncompromising look at the impact of investigative journalism at its best.
Director & Cinematographer: Alexander Nanau
Dramaturgy: Antoaneta Opriș
Producers: Alexander Nanau Production - Alexander Nanau, Bianca Oana, Samsa Film - Bernard Michaux, HBO Europe - Hanka Kastelicova
Co-producers: Bernard Michaux, Hanka Kastelicová
In collaboration with Mihai Grecea
Film score: Kyan Bayani
Editing: Alexander Nanau, George Cragg, Dana Bunescu
Sound designer: Angelo Dos Santos
Sound Recording: Mihai Grecea
Executive Producer: HBO Europe - Antony Root, HBO Romania - Alina David
Executive Producer: Philippa Kowarsky - Cinephil
Supported by Film Fund Luxembourg, CNC Romania
DIRECTOR - ALEXANDER NANAU
Alexander is a German-Romanian filmmaker born in Romania who studied directing at The Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). His documentary film, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ION B was
awarded an International Emmy Award in 2010.
His feature documentary film TOTO AND HIS SISTERS was a European Academy Award nominee 2015. The film had a wide international distribution and played successfully in festivals worldwide.
Alexander served as Director of Photography for the French/German documentary NOTHINGWOOD
(Sonia Kronlund) that was shot in Afghanistan and premiered at Cannes as part of La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in 2017.
His latest feature length documentary COLLECTIVE premiered at the Venice IFF 2019 - as part of the Official Selection - Out of Competition and is a co-production with Samsa Film (Luxembourg) and HBO Europe.
SELECT FESTIVALS & AWARDS
BEST DOCUMENTARY NOMINEE – ACADEMY AWARDS®〡BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE NOMINEE – ACADEMY AWARDS®〡BEST DOCUMENTARY NOMINEE – BAFTA〡BEST DOCUMENTARY NOMINEE – FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS〡WINNER BEST DOCUMENTARY – CINEMA EYE HONORS〡WINNER BEST DOCUMENTARY – EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS
VENICE 2019〡TORONTO IFF 2019〡ZURICH FILM FESTIVAL 2019 - BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY〡IDFA 2019〡SUNDANCE 2020〡CPH:DOX 2020〡AFI FEST 2020〡TRUE/FALSE 2020〡HAMPTONS FF - BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD〡DOUBLE EXPOSURE 2020〡MONTCLAIR FF 2020 - SPECIAL JURY PRIZE〡THESSALONIKI 2020〡DOCAVIV 2020 - BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM〡DOC NYC 2020〡TROMSØ IFF 2019 DON QUIXOTE AWARD〡SAN FRANCISCO IFF 2020〡ZAGERBDOX 2020
"A full-on masterpiece"
- Rolling Stone
"One of the greatest movies about journalism ever made"
"Collective is fascinating… It is very well-made, masterfully edited, and confirms Alexander's patience,
amazing faith, drive and persistence. Something in this story is universal, no matter how Romanian it is.
The trust that the filmmaker earns from his characters extends beyond a filmmaker's job, it gives one a
sense of community, a sense of complicity, a film, and a filmmaker, who are an organic part of a
subversive movement, not observers of it."
- Orwa Nyrabia, Artistic Director, IDFA
"It’s almost like watching Woodward and Bernstein at work in Watergate because the scandal that they
start revealing piece by piece goes up to the highest levels of government and corporate corruption."
- Thom Powers, Realscreen