Through the Ashes of the Empire

Through the Ashes of the Empire is a 1976 Romanian war drama film directed by Andrei Blaier. Is a picaresque tale of betrayal, survival and coming of age based on a novel by Zaharia Stancu.


In 1917, during World War I, the Diplomate (Dinică) and young Darie (Oseciuc) escape from a Bucharest occupied by the German Army only to come across, as they progress 'through the ashes' of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the sufferance, despair, generosity and heroism that will lead them to very different conclusions.