The Great Communist Bank Robbery

In 1959, in Romania, six former members of the nomenklatura and the secret police organize a hold up of the National Bank. After their arrest, the state forces them to play themselves in a film which reconstructs the crime and investigation. At the end of their trial, filmed live, they are sentenced to death and executed. A month later, the "Reconstruction" was released and became a sensation throughout the country.

Filmmaker Alexandru Solomon retraces this incredible story.

Team Partner
Serge Lalou, producer
Producer / Production Details
Libra Film in co-production with Les Films d'Ici for France 2, ARTE, YDF, BBC
Top Awards/Festivals
Historical Documentary Prize at Pessac International Festival (2005)
Best Direction at Hungarian-Romanian DokFilm Festival (2005)
Grand Prix at Mediawave Gyor, Hungary
Prize for Social Values at Documenta Madrid

IDFA 2004
Trieste Film Festival
International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Golden Apricot Int. Film Festival
Cork Film Festival
Eastern Neighbours

Broadcast on ZDF/ARTE, YLE, SVT, VPRO, BBC, France 2, WDR, TVP, TVR, SBS, Duna TV, HISTOIRE
Training Programme
Masterschool 2001