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Contemporary Romanian CinemaThe History of an Unexpected Miracle$
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Dominique Nasta

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167451

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167451.001.0001

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Short Films on the Crest of the New Wave

Short Films on the Crest of the New Wave

(p.139) Chapter 9 Short Films on the Crest of the New Wave
Contemporary Romanian Cinema

Dominique Nasta

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the emergence of Romanian short films onto the world stage. Starting in 2001, Romanian cinema became increasingly visible to critics and audiences in the festival circuit thanks to a previously neglected sub-genre, that of short films. Romanian shorts, mostly fictions presented by newcomers as part of the final phase of their university training or as totally independent projects, were recognized in high-profile competitions in Berlin, Cannes, and Venice, as well as in most European and US festivals showcasing this specific film category. Notable short films include Constantin Popescu's Apartamentul (The Apartment, 2003), which won the Great Prize at the Venice Festival Short Film contest in 2004, the Jury Prize at the Transylvania International Film Festival in 2005, and the Best Screenplay prize at the newly created Danube Delta venue, Anonimul in 2004.

Keywords:   festival circuit, Romanian cinema, short films, Romanian National Film Office, Canne, Venice

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