Short Review of Romanian Films – The New Romanian Wave

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In 1989, Romanian communism “was leaving” in disgrace. The revolution liberated people and, of course, every field of activity or artistic sphere inside the country. For example, until 1989, Romanian films were obliged to present only proletarian movies about the so called “good side” of comunism, but after this moment, the new era of Romanian cinema was born.

Traditionally called “The New Romanian Wave”, this era consists of films made by Romanian film makers who received very important prizes at Cannes.  Some of the “New Wave” movies explore the totalitarian regime and themes like liberty or resilience (“The Way I Spent the End of the World” by Cătălin Mitulescu – 2006 and “Stuff and Dough” by Cristi Puiu – 2001). The most recent films are set in the modern day Romania. They show how capitalism was embraced by Romanians and how politics have been shaped over these 20 years of democracy .

One illustrative example is “The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu” by Romanian film producer Cristi Puiu (2005)  which shows the death of a man who is carried from hospital to hospital, only to die when he is about to get his surgery.  This film won “Certain Regard” prize in 2005 at Cannes Film Festival. Other Romanian films which are “delivered” to “The New Romanian Wave” in cinematography are: “California Dreamin’” (Cristian Nemescu, 2007), “Tuesday, After Christmas” (Radu Muntean, 2010), “12:08 East of Bucharest” (Corneliu Porumboiu, 2006), “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” (Cristian Mungiu, 2007), “If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle” (Florin Șerban, 2010), “Beyond the Hills” (Cristian Mungiu, 2012) and many more.

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