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In 1980s Romania, teenager Mugur Călinescu starts writing uppercase graffiti messages protesting the regime of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, demanding democracy and freedom. Soon, Romanian secret police begin interrogating those around him in order to find the culprit of the messages. This is his story.
In Uppercase Print, the fangs of the past are sharp, but muzzled.
Screen Daily by
Working with Carbunariu, Jude offers a spare, visually striking evocation of the methods of Ceausescu’s secret police, the Securitate, in its pursuit and punishment of a young dissident.
The Guardian by
It is a fierce and impassioned denunciation of evil.
The New Yorker by
Jude, with his multiple dimensions of inquiry and imagination, poses philosophical questions about conscience and consciousness, media consumption and social order, that reach far beyond the case and era at hand to challenge the deceptions and delusions of ostensible present-day democracies.
The Hollywood Reporter by
This may be one of Jude’s minor works, but it delivers a quietly devastating emotional punch.
Slant Magazine by
The film metatextually insists that we not be taken in by new, more sophisticated methods of obfuscation.