Andrei Ujica

Year of birth, place
1951, Timișoara, Romania
lives and works in
Role at the ZKM
Guest Artist
Institute / Department
Film Institute, Institute for Music and Acoustics
At the ZKM
  • 2003–2009 Head of the ZKM | Film Institute


Andrei Ujică born 1951 in Timişoara is a Romanian screenwriter and director. Ujicǎ studied literature in Timișoara, Bucharest and Heidelberg. He moved to Germany in 1981. In 1990 he began making films. Together with Harun Farocki, he created »Videograms of a Revolution«, a film which has become a standard work in Europe when referring to relationships between political power and the media and the end of the Cold War, and which was listed by the magazine Les Cahiers du Cinema as one of the top 10 subversive films of all time.
His film »Out of the Present« (1995) tells the story of the cosmonaut Sergei Krikalyov who spent 10 months on board MIR, while back on Earth, the Soviet Union collapsed. The film has been compared to classics such as »2001: A Space Odyssey« and »Solaris«. His 2005 project, »Unknown Quantity«, creates a fictional conversation between Paul Virilio and Svetlana Alexievich, author of "Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster", the first book to present personal accounts of the tragedy. In 2010 Ujica was invited tot he 63rd Cannes Film Festival with his movie »Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceaușescu«.
Since 2001, Ujicǎ is a professor for film at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. He founded the ZKM Film Institute in 2002 and is its director.
His filmography includes:
Videograms of a Revolution (1992)
Kamera und Wirklichkeit (1992)
Out of the Present (1995)
2 Pasolini' (2000)
Unknown Quantity (2005)
The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2010)