Language in Romanian Cinema

deadline for submissions: 
January 6, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
East European Film Bulletin

Call for Papers
The Role of Language in Romanian Cinema

Proposals: 1st of June 2021
Papers due: 1st of November 2021

As part of its 2021 regional focus on Romanian cinema, the East European Film Bulletin is preparing a special issue on language in Romanian cinema. How do cinematographers and directors work together to create meaning through visual signals?

We are looking for contributions both about language in the linguistic sense and about film language. The two themes our special issue thus aims to bring together are 1) how human language is rendered onscreen, and 2) how the film language employed in films can be analyzed from a linguistic perspective.

We are interested in essays which focus on Romanian productions, filmmakers and styles. Suggested topics and themes:

  1. 1)  the use of irony and metaphor in circumventing Communist-era censorship

  2. 2)  the translation and incorporation of written texts onscreen (cf. Radu Jude’s work)

  3. 3)  how speech and language have been used in the films of the Romanian New Wave to

    mark and reflect political, social and generational divides

  4. 4)  analyses of explicit examinations of language-use in Romanian films (cf. Corneliu

    Porumboiu’s work)

  5. 5)  the visual-language approaches used by Romanian documentaries to subvert official

    rhetoric and propaganda both pre- and post-89 (cf. the films of Ilinca Calugareanu,

    Alexandru Nanau, Andrej Ujica)

  6. 6)  what is the grammar of the Romanian New Wave’s visual language, and how has it

    evolved in recent years?

Proposals of 250 words should be sent to by June 1st 2021

Stylistic guidelines for essays published in our journal can be found here: