2021 / France / Documentary / 45′

Directed by Mihai Grecu

French premiere


The late dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu, who died in 1989, resurrects in 2021 as a hologram to address the contemporary inhabitants of a small Romanian village. What happens next is captured in a hybrid documentary, observing the effects this unusual encounter has on the people involved, many of whom are first-hand witnesses of Ceaușescu’s rule.


Mihai Grecu (1981, Romania) is an artist and filmmaker. He studied art and design in Romania and France, and continued his artistic research at the Fresnoy Studio of Contemporary Arts. Recurring topics such as environmental crisis, political allegories, new technologies and catastrophes articulate the whole of his exploration of mysterious and subconscious beginnings. These visual and poetic trips mix several techniques and may be seen as propositions for a new dream-oriented technology. Grecu’s work has been shown and awarded in numerous exhibitions and film festivals in Tribeca, Locarno, Rotterdam, Festival of New Cinema in Montreal and other places. Nicolae, world premiere at IFFR 2022, is a creative documentary in which the late Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu, who died in 1989, is recreated as a hologram and projected in today’s Romania.



Cinematographer   George Chiper

Sound   Clément Maléo

Editing   Alexandru Radu, Lucie Jego

Mix   Clément Maléo

Original music  Pierre Blin

Special effects   Mihai Grecu

Production   Barberousse Films – François Martin Saint Léon – francois@barberousse-films.com