Gruber's Journey

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Gruber's Journey
Calatoria lui Gruber.jpg
Directed by Radu Gabrea
Produced by Radu Gabrea, László Kántor
Written by Alexandru Baciu, Răzvan Rădulescu
Music by Petru Margineanu
Cinematography Dinu Tănase
Edited by Melania Oproiu
Running time
100 minutes
Country Romania, Hungary
Language German, Romanian, Italian

Gruber's Journey or Călătoria lui Gruber is a 2008 Romanian drama film directed by Radu Gabrea. It is set in World War II during the Holocaust in Iaşi (Iași pogrom) and was shot on location in Bucharest. The film screened at the Third Annual Romanian Film Festival.


The film centers on an Italian writer named Curzio Malaparte, who was a member of the Italian Fascist Party.

Malaparte is assigned to cover the Russian front for the Italian news service, and travels with Colonel Freitag of the Wehrmacht and the deputy commander of the local Romanian garrison to Romania. He suffers from a serious allergy and is sent to consult world-class allergist, Dr. Josef Gruber in Iaşi, but Gruber is missing.

Suffering terribly from his allergy, Malaparte desperately seeks to find the doctor who has been captured. During his search for the doctor he encounters shocking situations in the Holocaust against the Jews in the city. He later writes a very critical account of the incident in his novel Kaputt.



In September 2007, scenes were shot at the North railway station in Suceava.[1] The railway station was chosen by the filmmakers to appear in the film because its architecture was reminiscent of the period of the Second World War.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Al doilea război mondial, într-o gară din Suceava". Libertatea (in Romanian). September 13, 2007. Retrieved August 24, 2009. 

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