Valley of the Blind is a 2019 drama film by director Ion Ionescu.
Known as Valley of the Blinds (original title) and Valea Orbilor.
The film deals with a very important historical moment that took place in 1940, when, following the Vienna Dictate, Hitler and Mussolini decided that an area of 43,492 square kilometres of Transylvanian territory should be ceded to Horthy Hungary. With the entry of troops in Northern Transylvania (in localities such as Nuşfalău, Trăznea, Ip, Marca, Sărmaşu, etc.), hundreds of Romanian and Jewish citizens were massacred. Their only fault was that they remained in their homeland, ceded to Hungary, instead of fleeing.
A love story set in the middle of Hitler’s expanse in Europe in 1940s between Sandor, a hot-headed but kind Hungarian-Romanian farmer, and Rozalia, a spirited young Romanian and the daughter of the de-facto head of the community. When the city falls under the control of an ultra-nationalistic Hungarian mayor, the couple run away from the hunt of Pista, a Hungarian policeman who has been courting Rozalia aggressively. Wherever they turn, they run into violence and massacre in Transylvania. Sandor fights with all his forcefulness to save the woman he loves.
- Marosan Csaba-laszlo … Pista.
- Ela Prodan … Rozalia.
- Andrei Stan-Dorel … Sandor Bergovici.
- After the Second World War, the Cluj People’s Tribunal sentenced on this case and others war crimes 481 people, out of which 100 to death and 163 to the imprisonment.
- However, most of them were tried in absence and never served their sentences.
Production & Filming Details
- Ion Ionescu.
- Ion Ionescu.
- Hasan Nasser.
- Silviu Stavila.
- Ruxandra Mihai.
- American Cinema International (2020) (World-wide) (all media).
- Release Date: 18 October 2019.
- Running Time: 94 minutes.
- Rating: Unknown.
- Country: Romania.
- Language: Romanian.