Romanian New Wave
November 8, 2018 7:43 AM - Subscribe

I've been watching as many of these as I can get my hands on of late, as they are usually pretty terrific, if extremely bleak and dark. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, Graduation, The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu... I'm probably going to be posting a fair number of these over the next few weeks and then wrapping up with an FPP when I run out of films. Anyone who would like to follow along can do so. I'll be posting under the #romanianfilm tag and including links on where to find the films wherever possible.

If you are not familiar with the Romanian New Wave (Noul val românesc), it's a genre of realist and often minimalist films made in Romania over the last decade and a half or so. Aesthetically, films of the Romanian New Wave are united by an austere, realist and often minimalist style. Black humour tends to feature prominently.

These are films about living in a society where the social contract seems to have broken down and corruption and moral decay are in plain sight every day, accepted as mundane.
posted by DirtyOldTown (4 comments total)
 
Sounds pretty terrific. I wasn't aware of this genre, but I'll be looking forward to your suggestions. Thanks DOT!
posted by bulgroz at 3:17 PM on November 9


I'm interested! Would you be into posting a list here of what you're going to post, so I can try to order a couple from the library to watch?
posted by latkes at 8:21 AM on November 12


The next one I will be watching is The Way I Spent the End of the World by Cătălin Mitulescu, from 2006. It's free for Amazon Prime subscribers in the US.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:40 AM on November 12


My super-duper number one priority is finding a way to see Ioana Uricaru's Lemonade, which is new and just starting to see non-festival release. The trailer knocked me on my ass.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:46 AM on November 12


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