Postcolonial Approaches to Eastern European Cinema: Portraying Neighbours on Screen
Ewa Mazierska, Lars Kristensen, Eva Naripea
I.B.Tauris, Nov 30, 2013 - Art - 288 pages
This book explores how postcolonial approaches can 'frame' the neighbours of people living in Eastern Europe. It elucidates how the region has evolved from being a communist extension of the Soviet Union to becoming integrated into neoliberal capitalism. Drawing on classical studies of postcoloniality by Edward Said, Gayatri C. Spivak and Homi K. Bhabha, as well as works of theorists and historians like Janusz Korek and Jaak Kangilaski, who specialize in the Eastern European variant of postcolonialism, the book engages with the question of genre in investigating how neighbours fit into and shape melodramas and thrillers, heritage and war films. Contributors explore a wide range of films in relation to territory, from the steppes of the East to reunified Berlin to Albania on the Adriatic Sea and from the streets of Tallinn to the hill slopes of Transylvania. Individual chapters situate in a new context the movies of internationally celebrated filmmakers, such as Roman Polanski, Agnieszka Holland, Nikita Mikhalkov and Jan Hrebejk, as well as introducing films by locally renowned directors, such as Wladyslaw Pasikowski, Arsen Anton Ostojic, and Leida Laius.