Final project bibliography

Contemporary Romanian Cinema. The History of an Unexpected Miracle, Dominique Nasta


  • Entry on Romania in the Handbook of Soviet and East European Films and Filmmakers (1992): “Like Romania itself, Romanian cinema has remained obscure. The sparse international distribution of its films has made it remote and unfamiliar. Until recently, it has been aesthetically insignificant, adhering rigidly to the somehow formulaic necessities imposed by film’s illustrative and ideological function in a totalitarian regime. For the reasons, Romanian cinema has not gained the world stature of other Eastern European cinema. (Roof 1992:309).
  • with Romanian contemporary cinema present for more than a decade at important film festivals over the world , winning prizes and being an identifiable part of  European co-production, distribution and training circuits, the appropriate moment has come to look at Romania’s film history, in an attempt to explain and analyse those aspects that have shaped and made it relatively unique today.
  • directors who have been influential upon development and positioning of Romanian film at home and abroad: Dan Pita, Lucian Pintilie, Mircea Daneliouc, Nae Caranfil, Cristian Mungiu
  • emphasis on both: socio-historical background that has conditioned the emergence of specific trends (e.g. film minimalism) and cinematically significant characteristics of individual works.
  • Balkan and Latin features particular to Romanian films
  • soundtracks often prove as important for decoding a film as visuals

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#Beings (2015), a film by Andrei Stefanescu

Some films you follow, some films follow you. #Beings can easily fall in the second category of films which end up by following you for a while after watching it. It’s neither beautiful nor narrative. It is not everybody’s cup of tea; for some might be a whole kettle, while for others less than a cup. It might actually not even be a cup of tea. A dark atmospheric underground no-budget production, which proves once again that a film is more than polished visuals, special effects, and Hollywood stars, it is firstly a feeling, an experience, meaning exactly what lingers when narrative is erased from memory and images fade into colours.

Starting from a Eva, the film brings together a tormented love triangle, struggling with their own inner beings in an amalgam of guilt, love, lust, grief, loneliness, friendship, madness and absurdity which contours the human existence. Looking for and banishing each other at the same time, while looking for themselves, every character falls into its own interior world, trying to hide and escape their own anxieties. There is an uneasiness, a claustrophobic feeling of suffocation, an impossibility of breaking free. The film attracts its viewers and estranges them at the same time and with the same means. An hour of slow drowning, of diving into the most obscure and meaningless fears, an hour of industrial sound followed by crushing silence, which takes its passive viewers from Marie Claire to the desolate outskirts of Berlin.

Eva (Doro Hohn), Teo (Cătălin Jugravu), Ana (Andrea Christina Furrer) are just names in a hurricane of desperation and helplessness, each one enduring the guilt of the others’ suffering. No reason, no logic, no desire of going back to a once lost normality, probably; and love is not the solution as it usually is in a cliché of a world, but the trigger of irrationality itself. As I consider Andrzej Zulawski’s Cosmos (2015) to have a world of its own, which does not wait to be deciphered by its viewers, so does #Beings; the film does not try to explain itself, and it does not need to. The characters live in their own world, a world with no map, no directions.

#Beings gives no glimpses of a so-called normality, no light, no warmth, and once you start watching it you find yourself caught in a foggy loop as strange as it is familiar, through the clew of emotions and expressions it depicts, and which are nevertheless deeply and indisputable human. A poem of greyish images, the 53 minutes are a route from tense trepidation to quiet stillness. All the quick shots in the beginning, the long takes of the human body, Ana’s burdened gaze, and Eva’s cries for help melt into the static image of the sun setting over the industrial remains of something which was long forgotten.

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Final project ideas

  • contemporary Romanian film
  • the relation between the contemporary Romanian films and the Romanian audience, considering the films’ reviews from Europian famous film festivals
  • interested in the mass audience, not elitists, film critics, directors, or people in the industry.
  • maybe 2 types of films as case studies: 1. austere, blank, low-budget, slices of life in a post-communist society, dealing with social dramas of different intensities in a realist and almost unmediated way( Child’s Pose/ Pozitia Copilului, Călin Peter Netzer; Sieranevada, Cristi Puiu; 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days/ 4  luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile, Cristian Mungiu; Beyond the Hills/ Dupa Dealuri, Cristian Mungiu; Bacalaureat, Cristian Mungiu; The Death of Mr. Lazarescu/ Moartea Domnului Lazarescu, Cristi Puiu; Why Me?/ De ce eu?, Tudor Giurgiu etc.) 2. fantastical, atmospheric, “felliniesque” films, dealing with the same social dramas, but using an utterly different aesthetic (Somewhere at Palilula/ Undeva la Palilula, Silviu Purcarete; Silent Wedding/ Nunta Muta, Horatiu Malaele; Happy Funeral/ Funeralii Fericite,  Horatiu Malaele) -> different reviews from the public
  • Romanian public does not enjoy Romanian films
  • my own contradictory relation with the Romanian contemporary film – I find them extremely tragic in the most familiar way, aren’t easy to watch, yet I love them, but I wouldn’t feel the need to rewatch them
  • strong points: understanding of the background, relating to the subjects introduced by the films and to the public to a certain extent.
  • aims: a theoretical, researched part – which would allow me to apply for a Ph.D., a practical part, appealing and approachable for the large public:  maybe some sort of a “film exhibition” –  fragments of films, muted, with juxtaposed interviews with members of the Romanian audience. (???) -> copyrights issues
  • queries: who would this be a topic of interested for, apart from Romanian audience?  would this project help me in pursuing a career in the film area?

Research Practice Portfolio – week 6

??!!What do employers want??!!

  • good communication: -how clearly you convey your ideas

– ability to listen to others

– build rapport

– persuade and negociate

  • effective leadership and management: – the potential to motivate and direct others
  • planning and research skills: – come up with a suitable strategy

– seek out relevant info from various sources

– interpret, analyse and report these findings

  • relevant work experience: – your individual contribution towards achieving common goals
  • self-management: – successfully direct your work towards objectives

– prioritizing your duties

–  working well under pressure

– managing your time effectively

– flexible, resilient and trustworthy

– taking on new learning and challenges

– reflecting

  • teamwork and interpersonal skills: – be resourceful in gaining the type of experience that employers are after

– make speculative job applications

– develop skills

– familiarity with the behaviour at the work place

– make contacts

  • Business sense: – an understanding of the business 


  • clear and specific
  • focus on the skills required by the job you are applying for !!

Research Practice Portfolio – week 5

Library Session

In need of help contact Suzanne White (Media Librarian), 3rd-floor office


Wednesdays at the E.T. Reception – drop-in sessions between 1-2 pm


Search system for library resources: (electronic) books, (electronic)  journals, (electronic)  articles

Subject Databases:

  • Communication & Mass Media Complete
  • SAGE Premier
  • LexisLibrary
  • Art Full Text

– search by keywords 

The library can purchase a book/article/ written material for £2.oo by submitting an enquiry form

The library is open 24h, which is absolutely awesome as I am a night bird and prefer a long night study session.

Center for Academic Writing 

  • helps with citations and references
  • checks and gives feedback on essay’s structure
  • elucidates heavy essays titles

Google Scholar – the hidden gem of google; see if the book you need is in the library near you 😉

References in Coventry Harvard style example and very useful handbook

Research Practice Portfolio – week 4

Media Loan Shop, Mobile Technology and Adobe Apps

Need some help with technology? Becks your “man”!

Need some fancy equipment for that important project? Media Loan Shop is the answer!

Sing in with the moodle ID, book your equipment online (there’s a search engine), choose the date (you can borrow equipment for 24 hours, more if it’s a Friday, any delays end in banning, but you can call and let the Media Loan Shop know if you’re late), agree with the terms and conditions and pick it up from the Media Loan Shop.

Banning Rules:

  • Up to 1 hour late = 24 hour ban.
  • 1-24 hours late = 3 day ban.
  • 1-3 days late = 7 day ban.
  • 3-7 days late = 14 day ban.
  • 7 days+ late = Disciplinary via Head of School, banned until the process is complete.
  • Non-collection of studio keys = 7 day ban.

Opening Times:

  • Monday 8.45am – 4.30pm.
  • Tuesday 8.45am – 9.30pm.*
  • Wednesday 8.45am – 9.30pm.*
  • Thursday 8.45am – 9.30pm.*
  • Friday 8.45am – 4.30pm.


You’re on the move and just need to edit that photo? Adobe Apps are there for you! 

Adobe Apps are free and easy to use. Create an account, download “Creative Cloud”, it gives you space to save your work. If you have any problems there are lots of Adobe Tutorials. Also, with your account, you can access your archive on any device.

Research Practice Portfolio – week 2

Befriending WORDPRESS: categories, tags, widgets, media folders

Taking useful notes and posting them (only 5% of a lecture is remembered):

  • key words + personal ideas, thoughts, reflections
  • audio recordings
  • shared on PDP

By having all your class notes in the same place and well organized it’s easier to review your courses, find information, remember the lectures, and a starting point for research.


Research and Practice Portfolio – week 1

Research project proposal; mixed groups; 20 minutes brainstorming time; project presentation.

My team: Coventry city, 2 ways of transposing it in 2 short films: 1. a touristic advertise

2. subjective, personal, artistic,  own reflection

Members: Victoria, Sylvia, Aurora, Channing, me

A project/project proposal should be clear, not cover a too wide subject, applied, should have a definite public, born from personal passion and interests.