Two new books about the New Romanian Cinema

Monica Filimon, Cristi Puiu, University of Illinois Press, 2017; László Strausz, Hesitant Histories on the Romanian Screen, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.   Monica Filimon’s Cristi Puiu is the first book in English about the film director and writer who did more than anyone else to redefine Romanian cinema in the 2000s. An assistant professor of English […]

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 […]

Filmul românesc: mod de folosire anticapitalist

Cartea lui Bogdan Popa Sexul și capitalul (Tracus Arte, 2017) se subintitulează O teorie a filmului românesc, însă nu propune o teorie propriu-zisă a filmului românesc. (Printre autorii pe care-i citează sau la care face trimitere Bogdan Popa în cele peste 300 de pagini ale cărții nu se numără, cu excepția lui Gilles Deleuze, aproape […]

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 […]