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Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 29/05/2007

A breath of fresh air has floated through Cannes

According to Nikolaj Nikitin, a film expert specialised in Eastern European cinema, talk of a Romanian "Nouvelle vague" is not exaggerated. In an interview with Ekkehard Knörer he explains what the new films of the "Bucharest School" - to which not only Cannes winner Cristian Mungiu but also Cristi Puiu, Corneliu Porumboiu and Cristian Nemescu belong - have in common from the point of view of their aesthetics. "This is of course far removed from the US commercial films and closer to the films of John Casavetes, the early Godard films and the documentary Cinema Vérité. The actors play a vital role because the camera always follows them very closely. In fact the camera work is generally crucial for the aesthetic quality of these films. Oleg Mutu, who was also the cameraman for [Cristi Puiu's] 'Death of Mr. Lazarescu', filmed virtually everything in '4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days' by hand. The result is very direct images that stay with you for a long time."

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