The documentary by HBO and director Alexander Nanau Collective received two Oscar nominations and will compete for statuettes in the categories “Best Feature Documentary” and “Best International Feature Film” at The 93rd Academy Awards. The winners will be announced on April 26.
Hanka Kastelicova, co-producer of the film, vice president of HBO Europe for documentaries, commented on the nominations, sharing: “I am excited that Collective was recognized in this way. We have a long tradition of collaborating with Alexander Nanau at HBO Europe, with the Romanian documentary Collective being our third project together. It was amazing for me to observe Alexander’s professional growth in recent years, he became a real master of storytelling with the technique of observation. He is very hardworking and a perfectionist; a person with extremely high ethical standards and I sincerely rejoice in this huge success with him and for our entire team. A few years ago, an Oscar nomination for an Eastern European film seemed like an unattainable goal, and I’m happy that The Collective is proof that it’s worth dreaming about on a large scale. “
Anthony Ruth, head of WarnerMedia’s original production for EMEA, said:
“I am extremely happy for Alexander and the team. Being nominated for an Oscar is one of the highest forms of recognition a film can achieve, and all of us at WarnerMedia are extremely proud of what this powerful documentary has achieved.”
The Romanian investigative documentary Collective by director and producer Alexander Nanau and HBO Europe touches on the importance of investigative journalism in uncovering the largest health abuse in Romania. We remind you that on October 30, 2015 a fire broke out during a concert at the Collective Club in Bucharest. 27 young people died on the spot and 180 were injured. Another 37 burn victims died in hospitals in the first four months after the fire, although their wounds were not identified as life-threatening. The Emmy-winning documentary by Alexander Nanau and HBO Europe follows the investigation of a small team of journalists joined by Dr. Camelia Reoyu and Vlad Voiculescu, the interim health minister. All of them, along with some of the victims of the incident, stand in front of the camera to tell about one of the largest journalistic investigations in Romanian history, which led to the restructuring of the healthcare system in the country.