Alexander Nanau’s critically acclaimed homage to the powers of investigative journalism wins top EFA prize

    Berlin, December 12, 2020 – COLLECTIVE by Romanian-German filmmaker Alexander Nanau has won the top documentary award at this year’s EFA.

    COLLECTIVE chronicles a team of fearless journalists as they expose political corruption in the highest ranks in Romania that led to the loss of many innocent lives after a nightclub fire in Bucharest in 2015.

    "A little over a year ago, COLLECTIVE started its festival run. It is a great joy to see the film being screened and streamed both in Europe and overseas, reaching a worldwide audience. This wonderful recognition equally belongs to the victims of the Colectiv tragedy and to the journalists who put their lives on the line to get to the truth. We are honored that the members of the European Film Academy are recognizing the immense value of investigative journalism for our societies and the human bravery and responsibility it takes for citizens to fight official corruption. We feel that in our eroding democracies, the authentic depiction of corruption, and the power of a free press to hold it in check is an increasingly important topic for European cinema“ said the director Alexander Nanau.

    Directed and filmed by Alexander Nanau, COLLECTIVE is produced by Nanau and Bianca Oana, Bernard Michaux and Hanka Kastelicová. The film is an Alexander Nanau Production in co-production with Samsa Film Luxembourg and HBO Europe, with the support of Romanian Film Centre, Film Fund Luxembourg, and Sundance Documentary Fund, with the participation of Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR), Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), RSI Radiotelevisione Svizzera, YES Docu and the support of the Sundance Documentary Fund. Executive producers are Antony Root and Philippa Kowarsky.

    COLLECTIVE is sold internationally by Cinephil and was released in the USA by Magnolia Pictures and Participant, and in the UK and Ireland by Dogwoof and Participant. It will be released in French Cinemas by Sophie Dulac distribution and will soon be released in many other countries including Belgium, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. The film is also currently available in 20 countries through HBO Europe.

    COLLECTIVE has been chosen by Romania as its official Oscar® entry for Best International Feature 2021. This is the first time a Romanian documentary has been the country’s official submission.