„Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn” as Radu Jude’s ars poetica

A new article on Radu Jude’s filmmaking, co-authored with Veronica Lazăr. It explores Jude’s 2021 Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, considering it as a summation of the aesthetic and thematic concerns pursued by the Romanian director in his earlier films. The article also includes a discussion of Jude’s wonderful short film Semiotic Plastic, which […]

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 […]

În dialog cu Aurelian Giugăl despre filmul românesc contemporan

Caracteristicile cinemaului românesc al anilor ’90, ale NCR-ului (Noului Cinema Românesc) anilor 2000 și ale epocii post-NCR în care ne găsim acum; dacă avem sau nu un cinema angajat politic, un cinema popular sau un cinema experimental; dacă filmele sunt condamnate să fie copiii timpului lor sau dacă sunt beneficiarele unei anumite autonomii a esteticului; […]

Literature, Jewishness, and Period Drama in Radu Jude’s „Scarred Hearts”

Another article co-authored with Veronica Lazăr. It discusses Radu Jude’s 2016 film Scarred Hearts, adapted from Max Blecher’s autobiographical novel with the same title (1937), as well as other writings of his. It is structured in four parts. The first references André Bazin’s celebrated essay on Robert Bresson’s Diary of a Country Priest, bringing it to […]

“…and Gypsies get many a beating…”: On the Significance of Radu Jude’s „Aferim!”

A new article I have co-authored with Veronica Lazăr. It’s about Radu Jude’s 2015 film Aferim!. It considers the film as a revisionist take on the Romanian tradition of historical cinema. It discusses Aferim!’s originality as a depiction of the origins of contemporary Romanian anti-Roma racism. It analyzes Jude’s artistic strategies—for instance, his lavish and […]

Trecutul e o altă țară: „Metronom” și „Pentru mine tu ești Ceaușescu”

Suntem într-un bloc interbelic de prin Cotroceni (pe-aproape de Monumentul Eroilor Patriei), într-o seară blândă de octombrie 1972, în apartamentul unei eleve de-a XII-a de la liceul „Gheorghe Lazăr”, care, profitând de plecarea părinților ei într-o delegație, și-a chemat colegii la un „ceai dansant”. Cineva pune la picup un disc de Mircea Florian și, timp […]

Radu Jude’s Satirical Studies of Male Rage and Self-Pity

This new article in English, co-authored with Veronica Lazăr, discusses four Radu Jude films – the shorts Alexandra (2008) and It Can Pass Through the Wall (2014), the never released, 60-minute long A Film for Friends (2011), and Jude’s official second feature, Everybody in Our Family (2012) – grouping them together as satirical studies of […]

Elefantul alb al lui Cristian Mungiu

Într-un eseu din 1962, intitulat „White Elephant Art Vs. Termite Art”, marele critic american Manny Farber propunea o distincție, între timp clasicizată, între filme-termită și filme-elefant-alb. Filmele elefantine în sens farberian se recunosc după călcătura grea, după aerul important și după aparența de complexitate generată prin supraîncărcare – atât aglutinare de teme și simboluri la […]

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 […]