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László Strausz - Hesitant Histories on the Romanian Screen: Spatial and Institutional Mobility in the New Romanian Cinema

Wanneer:di 26-09-2017 18:00 - 19:30
Waar:Marie Loke zaal, Harmonie building

Lecture in the research colloquium series “Art, Medium, and Moving Images”

In his recently published monograph Hesitant Histories on the Romanian Screen (Palgrave, London: 2017), Strausz argues that hesitation as an artistic and spectatorial strategy connects various screen media texts produced in post-war Romania. The chapters draw a historical connection between films made during the state socialist decades, televised broadcasts of the 1989 Romanian revolution, and films of the new Romanian cinema. The book explores how the critical attitude of new Romanian cinema demonstrates a refusal to accept limiting, binary discourses rooted in Cold War narratives.

In this presentation, the author will discuss and contrast the ways in which institutional and physical mobility plays a central part in the films’ expressive language. Furthermore, Strausz will argue that hesitation becomes a performative attempt to overcome restrictive populist narratives of the past and present day. By employing a performative and mobile position, audiences are encouraged to consider conflicting approaches to history and social transformation.

László Strausz is an assistant professor in the Film Studies Department and Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE). His work focuses on Eastern European screen media and cultural memory.