On October 30, 2015 the Romanian metal band Goodbye to Gravity played a show at Colectiv, one of the most popular nightclubs in Bucharest. In video footage from the night their singer, Andrei Galut, roars, “F*** all your wicked corruption,” over apocalyptic guitars. Suddenly they stop playing. “Something’s on fire there,” Galut says. Then, with panic in his voice: “That’s not part of the show.” The crowd erupts in screams.
The band’s pyrotechnics had ignited the flammable polyurethane foam that was used in the club for acoustic purposes. The resulting fire killed 64 people, including four of the five members of Goodbye to Gravity. Of those, 26 died in the club and 38 afterward in hospitals. Both of those death tolls were directly related to the “wicked corruption” that Galut was singing about, which is the subject of Collective, Alexander Nanau’s extraordinary new documentary.