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Anca Fronescu (30.01.2014):

"Where are you Bucharest? is a film we all needed to see, a film that, without really knowing, we expected for a long time. It is an important step in our lives, maybe even a turning point (also in the history of Romanian documentary) in the last quarter century.

Vlad Petri’s film is our film, the film of the people who went on the streets, the ones that regained a voice there, the ones that were searching for it and weren’t present there, in the Square, at that moment in time. Vlad Petri’s shows an image of ourselves, the way we are now. Vlad Petri’s film is redefining an important space for our rehabilitation.

Where are you Bucharest? is vivid and equidistant. It doesn’t take sides, doesn’t censor anyone. Where are you Bucharest? follows, absorbes, reflects, looks at and doesn’t make judgments. Where are you Bucharest? shows us the way we are: desperate, replete, beautiful, blunting, yelling, booing, roaring, articulating, elegantly, naked, frozen, exciting, unleashed, disillusioned.

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Where are you Bucharest? succeeds in showing realities we usually don’t talk about and this is because someone curious and clever, delicate, tender and insistent found a way to immortalize us in that very moment when we had the courage to say something. He succeeds to show things we find it really hard to say. And it doesn’t matter how we say them, it doesn’t matter that we don’t articulate them, it doesn’t matter that we don’t exactly know how and what to say, what is really important is that we started to say it .

Where are you Bucharest? shows our shyness, fears, deception, desperation, corruption, leading to a common fact, the feeling that we succeed in saying something new, that we could express ourselves (as confusing as it may seem). And this is because Vlad and his camera were at the right place, at the right time. And he kept going daily, to the same place. Where are you Bucharest? is not only addressed to a Romanian audience, but it has to be seen by as many Romanians as possible (and screened in schools and universities).