“After all, a dictator is simply an artist who is able to fully put into practice his egotism. It is a mere question of aesthetic level, whether he turns out to be Baudelaire or Bolintineanu, Louis XVI or Nicolae Ceaușescu.” Andrei Ujică.
During the summary trial that he and his wife were submitted to, Nicolae Ceaușescu is reviewing his long reign in power: 1965-1989. It is an historical tableau that in its scope resembles American film frescos such as those dedicated to the Vietnam War.
About the director: Andrei Ujică was born in 1951 in Timișoara, Romania. With a background in literature, Ujică decides in 1990 to devote himself to cinema and creates Videograms of a Revolution (1992), co-directed with Harun Farocki, which becomes a landmark film on the relationship between political power and the media in Europe at the end of the Cold War. His second film, Out of the Present (1995), tells the story of cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, who spent ten months aboard the space station Mir, while on earth, the Soviet Union ceased to exist. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu concludes now his trilogy dedicated to the end of communism.