Articles from 23(1)/2020

Poetics of the Borders: Meeting Points and Representational Border-Crossings in Contemporary Central and Eastern European Cinema


Dis/Orienting the Border: The Poetics of Disorientation in Avant-Garde Accented Narratives

Christine VICERA


As products of “dual postcolonial displacement and postmodern or late scattering,” accented filmmakers experience migration “not only as a movement in space, but essentially a movement in time” (Naficy 11, Köhn 109). This paper uses Robert Throop’s four forms of temporal o... Read More

Keywords: film studies, migration, accented cinema, aesthetics

A Tiny Boat Lost at Sea: Trauma and Ethics in Havarie [Collision] by Philip Scheffner (Germany, 2016)

Anat Tzom AYALON


A distant image of a boat adrift in the Mediterranean Sea, with thirteen refugees on board. Taken from a YouTube clip, the image is dealt with and stretched in slow motion. The unsynchronized soundtrack is composed of faceless voices of migrants and refugees. The fragmented soundtrack and the “process... Read More

Keywords: trauma, ethics, voice, face and “hester panim” (hiding of the face)

Towards a Multicultural Community. The Accommodation of Ethnic and Religious Minorities in the ‘Migrant Comedy’ Genre



The article deals with the phenomenon of migrant comedy films, framing the genre as part of the larger body of diasporic cinema. The author’s definition of migrant comedy conceives it as a very specific genre typically set in immigrant milieus, whose main themes revolve around successful social and mo... Read More

Keywords: Migrations in motion pictures, Comedy films, Romantic comedy films, Stereotypes in motion pictures, Multiculturalism, Motion pictures and transnationalism

Filmic Migration and Wandering Sounds: The Relation Between Accented and Dialect Cinema



In the context of the music documentary Heimatklänge (Echoes of Home) Marcy Goldberg (48) suggested speaking of dialect cinema. Dialect cinema normally maintains the visual and audio character of its place of origin. It differs from the transnational accented cinema of filmmakers in e... Read More

Keywords: Accented cinema, dialect cinema, Echoes of Home, Heimatklänge, Landscape, Music, Migration, Soundscape

The Sudetes in Czech Cinema – a Political Space Trapped by National and Class Stereotypes



The theme of Czech-German co-habitation in the Sudetes, from where over two million German citizens were uprooted after the Second World War, has become one of the most politicalised themes in Czechoslovakian and then Czech cinematography.
In this study, the analyses are primarily focused on motifs lin... Read More

Keywords: Sudetes, history and film, Czech-German relations, Czech cinema, ideology

Formal and Conceptual Border-Crossing in Crulic–drumul spre dincolo (Crulic–The Path to Beyond, 2011)

Antonio J. BONOME


Anca Damian’s film Crulic-drumul spre dincolo (Crulic-The Path to Beyond, 2011) may be a good example of form fitting content in the context of new Romanian cinema. The film makes use of a
marginal medium as collage to cinematically document a real-life story producing a truly h... Read More

Keywords: Animation, Collage, Diary, Frontier, Immigration, Memory, Romanian, Passive resistance

Romanian Diasporic Cinema. Dislocation and Paraphrastic Forms of Expression in Recent Migration Films

Doru POP


This contribution overviews the transformations of Romanian cinema by analyzing three recent films, used as case studies for describing a larger, typological change happening in contemporary national cinema. La Gomera (The Whistlers, 2019) directed by Corneliu Porumboiu, Parking (... Read More

Keywords: accented cinema, alingual, diasporic, exilic, localism, migration, national, paraphrastic, transnational, vernacular

Interview Hanno Höfer – Often on the Road



Hanno Höfer is a musician, film director and producer of German origin born in 1967 in Timişoara and now living in Bucharest.

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Keywords: Hanno Höfer

Review of: Cătălina Simion-Călin. Autorul de film și Cinematograful Exilului [The Exiled Film Author and the Cinema of Exile].

Mihai Gavril DRAGOLEA


Cătălina Simion-Călin. Autorul de film și Cinematograful Exilului [The Exiled Film Author and the Cinema of Exile]. Editura UCIN, 2018.

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Keywords: Cătălina Simion-Călin, Autorul de film și Cinematograful Exilului, The Exiled Film Author and the Cinema of Exile