What did Radio Free Europe meant for Romania, the country where it had the greatest impact? What was the listner’s opinion about the radio station they listened almost daily? How did the Securitate agents try “to bring everything to silence”? The Free Europe’s members (Emil Hurezeanu, Monica Lovinescu, Ne¬culai Constantin Munteanu, Şerban Ores¬cu, Nestor Ratesh), the Securitate agents (among them – Ilie Merce, during that period the captain of “Eterul” group, Cornel Burtică, the communist party secretary) and the radio station’s listeners are the protagonists of the documentary “Cold Waves”.

Cold Waves by Alexandru Solomon - CINEPUB

Director: Alexandru Solomon
Writer: Alexandru Solomon
Cinematography: Andrei Butică
Year: 2007
Category: documentary
Duration: 108 min
Subtitles: engleză
Available only in Romania and the Republic of Moldova

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This is a love and hate story built around something no one can see or touch: radio waves.
During the 80’s, Radio Free Europe was the secret relief and confidant of its Romanian listeners. The Radio was Ceausescu’s most important enemy.


  • International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) – Netherlands, 2007
  • Leipzig DokFest Film Festival – Germany, 2007
  • Alpe Adria Trieste International Film Festival – Italy, 2007
  • London International Film Festival – Great Britain, 2007
  • Goteborg International Film Festival – Sweden, 2007
  • Astra Film Festival in Sibiu – Romania, 2007


  • Best Documentary, Gopo Awards – Romania, 2007