Modern Romanian filmmaking has received wide international recognition. In only a decade (2001 to 2011), a group of promising young film makers have been embraced as important members of European cinema. The country developed a new fervour for filmmaking and a dozen new movies have received international awards and recognition from some of the most important film critics in the world. This development, sometimes called ""New Wave cinema,"" is fully explored in this book.
By using a comparative approach and searching for similarities among some of the most important cinematic styles and trends, the study reveals that the Romanian young directors working after 2000 are part of a larger, European, way of filmmaking. Looking for elements of cohesion in this new school of filmmaking, the discussion moves from the specific themes, motifs and narratives to the philosophy of a whole generation of filmmakers, such as Cristi Puiu, Cristian Mungiu, Radu Muntean, Corneliu Porumboiu, Tudor Giurgiu and others.
Doru Pop is associate professor at Babes Bolyai University in Cluj and author of several books on media, television and cinema studies. He recently taught a course on the Romanian and European New Wave cinema at the Bard College in New York. He lives in Cluj, Romania.