‘Collective’ Director Alexander Nanau On How Corruption Leads To “Destruction Of Human Empathy” – Contenders Film: The Nominees

‘Collective’ Director Alexander Nanau On How Corruption Leads To “Destruction Of Human Empathy” – Contenders Film: The Nominees
Following the devastating 2015 fire at the Colectiv nightclub in Romania, Collective director Alexander Nanau set out to undercover why the victims of the fire were dying at alarming rates months after the incident. What he uncovered was a deep network of corruption.

“It continued to shock us. I understood pretty early that we are really assisting in [political theorist] Hannah Arendt’s banality of evil at every level of the system,” said Nanau during Deadline’s Contenders Film: The Nominees virtual event.

The documentary has earned Oscar nominations for both Documentary Feature and Best International Feature.

From Magnolia Pictures and Participant, it follows a team of investigative journalists as they uncover shocking, widespread corruption. After a deadly nightclub fire, the mysterious death of the owner of a powerful pharmaceutical firm, and the quiet resignation of a health minister—seemingly unrelated events, all within weeks of each other—the team of reporters exposes a much larger,
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