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On Tour: Romanian ’89 Revolution Drama in Utrecht

Louis Hartlooper Complex, Utrecht | Saturday, 2 December 2023 | 15:00

On 2 December, we will make our final stop of this year’s On Tour program in Utrecht’s Louis Hartlooper Complex with Tudor Guirgui‘s Libertate (Freedom).

Awarded for the Most Popular Romanian Film of the Transilvania IFF 2023, Tudor Giurgiu’s new film reflects on the glories of revolution that have been sung throughout history, which rarely match reality. 

Libertate explores the chaos and confusion left in the wake of the 1989 Romanian revolution, following the horrific events in Sibiu and the hundreds of lives destroyed not by bullets, but by lies. Police officer Viorel finds his life turned upside down after he is falsely accused of being a terrorist following the sudden and bloody revolution. Thrust into a role he had no intention of playing, he must now try and escape a system determined to make him one of many scapegoats needed to mask both its heinous cruelty and gruesome incompetence. He must face brutal charges as the world crumbles around him. When the dust of revolution settles, everyone wants answers – but who can be trusted to give them?