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 […]

“…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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

În dialog cu Mihai Iovănel despre Alex. Leo Șerban (versiunea extinsă din revista „Transilvania”)

Un pasaj: A.G.: Ce anume supraviețuiește din scrierile lui? Nu mi-e deloc ușor să răspund la întrebarea asta. Ce-aș încerca eu, dacă m-ar invita vreo editură, ar fi să fac o nouă selecție de texte din volumele de bază; una de 300-350 de pagini, nu mai mult. Nu știu dacă mi-ar ieși: ar trebui să sparg […]

No sympathy for the Devil: „Malmkrog” al lui Cristi Puiu

Scriere de la 1900 a filosofului religios rus Vladimir Soloviov, Trei dialoguri despre război, progres și sfârșitul istoriei universale, cuprinzând și o scurtă povestire despre Antihrist a fost tradusă în limba română la începutul anilor ’90. (O traducere de Radu Părpăuță a apărut în 1992 la editura Institutului European. Tot în 1992 a apărut și […]