Beginning with breakthrough films by Cristi Puiu, Cristian Mungiu, and Corneliu Porumboiu, the sudden appearance of a Romanian New Wave in the mid-aughts was one of the great stories of 21st-century film culture—and in the years since, startling new talents have continued to emerge from this fecund national cinema. “Making Waves” showcases some of the most exciting to appear on the scene, with the work of George Chiper, Monica Stan, and Victor Canache showing how contemporary Romanian cinema continues to evolve from its neo-neorealist origins, finding new ways to challenge and surprise audiences.

Making Waves 17 is presented by Insula 42, in partnership with Metrograph, Roxy Cinema New York, DCTV’s Firehouse Cinema, and Film Forum. With lead funding from the Trust for Mutual Understanding and the support of Dacin Sara, the Romanian Filmmakers Union, Blue Heron Foundation, Mastercard, the Romanian National Film Center, and individual donors.

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