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?