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Hirtia va fi albastra / Paper Will Be Blue

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Published on Oct 3, 2006

Bucharest, 22 to 23 December 1989.

Lieutenant Neagu's armoured unit is ordered to patrol the suburbs. The unit's radio functions intermittently and communications between the different armoured units and fragments of radio and TV broadcasts give vague reports of "terrorist" attacks on the national television station -- held by anti-Ceausescu forces. The members of the unit are thrown into confusion.

Costi, a conscript who has managed to do his military service in Bucharest thanks to some wrangling by his well-connected father, believes that it is the duty of every Romanian, after so many years of dictatorship, to fight the supporters of Ceausescu, irrespective of the orders of his superiors. His arrogance and stubborness brings him into conflict with Lieutenant Neagu and he takes advantage of an altercation between his comrades and a group of demonstrators to flee. Despite the Lieutenant's threats and pleas, Costi heads for the television station to fight for the revolution.

The young soldier only makes it as far as a house near the TV station, where in the confusion he is arrested as a terrorist by the mixed group of soldiers and civilians who are defending the building. Meanwhile, the rest of Costi's unit is taking risks to try to find the deserter. In a street near the television station, Neagu is disarmed and humiliated by an overexcited Colonel, then finally heads to Costi's home, where the mother and girlfriend of the young soldier are anxiously awaiting his return.

It's a night of madness in which soldiers receive orders via television from poets and actors, radios transmit garbled signals, arms are distributed to civilians and gipsies are arrested as Arab terrorists.

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