Radu Jude’s Montage Experiments with Documents of Oppression and Mass Murder

A new article co-authored with Veronica Lazăr. It discusses critically the following films—short and feature-length—by Radu Jude: The Dead Nation (2017), The Marshal’s Two Executions (2018), Punish and Discipline (2019), Uppercase Print (2020), The Exit of the Trains (2020), Caricaturana (2021), Memories from the Eastern Front (2022), and The Potemkinists (2022). In four of them—The […]

A Slight Unease About Capitalism: Radu Jude’s „The Happiest Girl in the World” and the New Romanian Cinema

This new article co-authored with Veronica Lazăr – the second in a series built around the films of Radu Jude – discusses the aesthetics and the politics of the so-called New Romanian Cinema (a major post-2005 sensation on the international art-cinema circuit), succintly assessing its novelty in both a national and an international cinematic context. […]

The NRC and Beyond: The Films of Radu Jude

An article that I co-authored with Veronica Lazăr has just been published in the journal Transilvania. It’s in English, it’s open-access and it’s the first in a series. It parses the major existing literature, in English and Romanian, on the New Romanian Cinema (also called the Romanian New Wave) which became an international film-festival sensation […]

„Police, Adjective”: The Words and the Things

I have an article in the new issue of Close Up (a Film Studies journal edited by UNATC). It’s on Police, Adjective and it considers Porumboiu’s film as an illustration of Peter Wollen’s influential 1969 adaptation of Charles Sanders Peirce’s trichotomy of signs – iconic, indexical and symbolic signs – to the field of film theory. Below is an excerpt. […]

A Pintilie Obituary

Here is my obituary of Lucian Pintilie, written for the journal Studies in Eastern European Cinema. (Unfortunately, it is not freely accessible in its entirety.)  

Making Sense of the NRC: Three Perspectives (excerpt)

A new issue of Close Up is out (a Film Studies journal edited by the National University of Theatre and Film, Bucharest) and I have an article in it. The article provides a critical look at some of the academic literature produced in English, in the year 2017, on the subject of the New Romanian Cinema (or the Romanian […]

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 […]