DOGWOOF Set November 20 For UK And Irish Cinema Release Of Alexander Nanau’s Critically Acclaimed Documentary COLLECTIVE
“ ...one of the greatest movies about journalism ever made….” - David Ehrlich, IndieWire
"When the press bows down to the authorities, the authorities will mistreat its citizens. This always happens, worldwide, and it has happened to us." - Cătălin Tolontan, Collective
Dogwoof has announced that they will be releasing Alexander Nanau’s critically acclaimed documentary COLLECTIVE, in UK & Ireland cinemas on the 20th November. The film received its World Premiere at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, where it was highly lauded, followed by the 2019 Toronto Film Festival and the 2019 Zurich Film Festival, where it won the Golden Eye Award. Earlier this year it played at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and opened the Human Rights Watch Festival 2020 on the 12th March.
Director Alexander Nanau says “The hospital corruption and subsequent government cover up in Collective took place in Romania. Yet this not just a local story. There is a universality which is even more relevant post Covid. Government corruption is sadly all too familiar across the world and the need to safeguard social justice and press freedom feels more urgent than ever. These are freedoms that have been compromised lately in the UK and it could not be a more important time to bring my film to a UK audience”
On October 30, 2015, a serious fire broke out at the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest. It was one of the worst disasters in recent Romanian history, with 27 people killed and 180 injured. Fierce protests erupted when 37 of the injured subsequently died from bacterial infections. Director Alexander Nanu followed a team of investigative journalists at the Romanian sports newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor as they uncovered a vast health care fraud that siphoned off urgent hospital funding and diluted disinfectants while enriching the country’s most powerful moguls, hospital managers, doctors and politicians.
COLLECTIVE is a powerful and shocking verité story, that follows Gazeta Sporturilor’s investigation into this hospital corruption in the wake of the fire. Featuring incredible access to journalists, politicians, survivors and whistleblowers, it is a must-see social justice documentary, which highlights the essential role of a free press in calling out corruption.
Directed, shot and edited by Alexander Nanau, the film is an Alexander Nanau Production, made in co-production with Samsa Film and HBO Europe.
Running Time: 109 minutes
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COLLECTIVE will be in cinemas across the UK & Ireland on the 20th November 2020
Founded in 2003 by Andy Whittaker, Dogwoof is a London-based, documentary film company integrating production, sales and UK theatrical distribution. Dogwoof has so far released 26 Oscar®-nominated documentaries, with four wins and an additional three BAFTA winners; notable titles include Oscar®-winning and BAFTA-winning Free Solo (the UK's highest grossing documentary of 2018), BAFTA-nominated Three Identical Strangers, Oscar®-nominated RBG, BAFTA-winning The Act of Killing and Blackfish. Releases in the past 12 months have included double-Oscar®-nominated Honeyland, Oscar®-nominated The Cave, and BAFTA-nominated Apollo 11 which is the UK’s highest grossing doc of 2019. Dogwoof's TDog production investment fund has currently six features and two series currently in production; the fund is focused on feature docs, docu-series, and remake rights, gearing up the company towards vertical integration.