Romanian New Wave  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The Romanian New Wave (Template:Lang-ro) is a blanket term applied to a plethora of internationally acclaimed films made in Romania since the mid-aughts, starting with Trafic, which won the Short Film Palme d'Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.


A great number of films that are part of the Romanian New Wave are set in the late 1980s, towards the end of Nicolae Ceauşescu's totalitarian regime, and explore themes of liberty and resilience under the communist dictatorship. However, films such as The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu, California Dreamin' and Tuesday, After Christmas are set in modern-day Romania and delve into the ways the transition to free-market capitalism and democracy shaped Romanian society after 1989.

Aesthetically, films of the Romanian New Wave are united by an austere, realist and often minimalist style. Furthermore, black humour tends to feature prominently.

Major films

Other films associated with the movement

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