100 de ani de la nașterea lui André Bazin

André Bazin a murit în noiembrie 1958. Cu câteva luni mai devreme – în aprilie – împlinise 40 de ani. Ultimii șapte-opt și-i petrecuse mai mult bolnav – întâi de turberculoză, apoi de leucemie. „Un fel de sfânt cu șapcă de velur” – a spus despre el François Truffaut – „care trăia cu o puritate […]

The New Romanian Cinema in 10 sequence shots

  This is based on notes for a public talk given at Stanford University’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), where I am a Fulbright visiting scholar until the end of January 2018. The talk was given in November 2017 at the generous invitation of CREEES Faculty Director Pavle Levi (Associate Professor […]

An article in the „New Romanian Cinema” special issue of „Film Criticism”

The journal Film Criticism has a special issue on the New Romanian Cinema. It is edited  by Alina Haliliuc and Jesse Schlotterbeck and features contributions by Chris Cagle, Anca Caramelea, Raluca Iacob, Marie-Louise Paulesc, Chris Robé, and Jennifer Stob. I have also contributed with an article: „In the Name of the ‘Ambiguity of the Real’: Romanian […]

A death in the family: Cristi Puiu’s „Sieranevada”

  After Aurora and its polemical realism Leaving aside the experimental Three Exercises of Interpretation from 2013 (produced in an acting workshop), Cristi Puiu’s last feature film before this year’s Sieranevada was Aurora, which premiered back in 2010 in Cannes’s “Un Certain Regard” section. A three-hour long fiction narrated in a manner indebted to the […]