The Potemkinists


63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

In 1905, the sailors on the battleship Potemkin are given political asylum in Romania – an act of defiance against Russia. In 2021, a sculptor wants to create an artwork inspired by the event. A comedy about art, history, memory, and cinema, which film critic Andrei Gorzo describes as “a cross between a Caragiale sketch and a Mark Rappaport video essay.”

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIFF63.

Direction: Radu Jude
Script: Radu Jude
Cinematography: Marius Panduru
Editing: Cătălin Cristuțiu
Sound: Titi Fleancu, Gabi Marin, Marius Leftărache
Actors: Alexandru Dabija, Cristina Drăghici
Production: microFILM
Producers: Ada Solomon
Costumes: Cireșica Cuciuc
Executive producer: Diana Caravia
Make Up: Bianca Boeroiu
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Romania
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 18΄
Contact: microFILM
Awards/Distinctions: Best European Short Film – Vila do Conde ISFF 2022

Radu Jude

Radu Jude is a Romanian director and screenwriter. In 2006, he made the short film The Tube with a Hat, winner of more than 50 international awards. Jude's feature debut The Happiest Girl in the World (2009) was selected for more than 50 international film festivals. Titles such as Aferim!, Scarred Hearts, and Everybody in Our Family followed and won multiple awards: Silver Bear for Best Director in Berlinale 2015, Special Jury Prize in Locarno 2016, and an EFA nomination for Best Scriptwriter. I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (2018) won the Crystal Globe for Best Film and Label Europa Cinema Prize in Karlovy Vary in 2018. His latest feature, Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, won the Golden Bear in Berlinale 2021. In the summer of 2021, Radu Jude was present in Locarno IFF – Corti d’Autore with the short Caricaturana and in Venice IFF – Out of Competition with the short film Semiotic Plastic. In 2022, Jude returned to Berlinale with a short documentary Memories from the Eastern Front (co-directed with Adrian Cioflâncă).


2006 The Tube with a Hat (short)
2009 The Happiest Girl in the World 
2012 Everybody in Our Family
2014 It Can Pass Through the Wall (short)
2015 Aferim!
2018 I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians
2018 The Marshal's Two Executions (short)
2020 Uppercase Print
2021 Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
2022 The Potemkinists (short)