[MGSA-L] NEW BOOK: Contemporary Balkan Cinema: Transnational Exchanges and Global Circuits

Papadimitriou, Lydia L.Papadimitriou at ljmu.ac.uk
Sat Dec 19 03:35:07 PST 2020

Dear colleagues,

We are very pleased to announce the publication of a new edited collection on Balkan cinemas (that includes a chapter on Greek cinema)!

Please see below for more details about the content and the authors, and the attached flyer.

You can also take advantage of the discount code NEW30 (when ordering via the website (https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-contemporary-balkan-cinema.html), which gives 30% off.

“Contemporary Balkan Cinema: Transnational Exchanges and Global Circuits”

The book offers a critical and comprehensive analysis of post-2008 Balkan cinema through a transnational and cross-cultural approach. Includes chapters on the cinemas of all countries in the Balkans.

Edited by Lydia Papadimitriou and Ana Grgić

Foreword by Dina Iordanova

Contributions by Bruce Williams and Kledian Myftari, Dijana Jelača, Gergana Doncheva, Jurica Pavičić and Aida Vidan, Costas Constantinides and Yiannis Papadakis, Maria Chalkou, Francesca Borrione and Albana Muco, Sanja Jovanović, Vessela S. Warner, Raluca Iacob, Nevena Daković, Aleksandra Milovanović and Iva Leković, Polona Petek, and Mehlis Behlil.

The first inclusive collection to examine post-2008 developments in Balkan cinema, this book brings together a number of international scholars to explore its industrial contexts and textual dimensions. With a focus on transnational links, global networks and cross-cultural exchanges, the book addresses the role of national and supranational institutions as well as film festival networks in supporting film production, distribution and reception in the region. Through examples of recent fiction and documentary film productions, the authors identify key characteristics of subject matter and aesthetics of Balkan films made since the global economic crisis. Through critical and comprehensive country profiles that consider both art and popular films, the collection argues for the continuing relevance of the concept of ‘Balkan cinema’.

Key features:

  *   Comprehensive account of all national cinemas from the Balkan region
  *   Emphasis on co-productions, transnational exchanges and global circulation
  *   Reference tables on national and regional film supporting institutions and film festivals
  *   Focus on small and as-yet underrepresented cinemas, such as Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia, and Albania

Lydia Papadimitriou is Reader (Associate Professor) in Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. She has published extensively on different aspects of Greek cinema, including (digital) film distribution, co-productions, film festivals and documentary. She has authored The Greek Film Musical (2006), co-edited Greek Cinema: Texts, Forms and Identities (2011), and is the Principal Editor of the Journal of Greek Media and Culture.

Ana Grgić, PhD (University of St Andrews) is Visiting Associate Professor at Department of Cinema and Media, Babeș-Bolyai University. She has published widely on East European and Balkan cinema, and is currently Associate Editor of Studies in World Cinema: A Critical Journal and. Her monograph on early cinema in the Balkans is forthcoming with Amsterdam University Press.


Offering an imaginative and convincing reconceptualisation of Balkan cinema, this volume brings to life the rich results of efforts by talented filmmakers and committed film industry professionals in thirteen countries. Capacious in scope, the book examines films, but also, crucially, the forging, since 2008, of productive, collaborative links across the Balkan region. An uplifting and inspiring read, Contemporary Balkan Cinema shows us how thoughtful and resilient practitioners have sought to overcome multiple challenges including small nationhood and political impasse, and achieve the means for meaningful, sustainable filmmaking.
– Mette Hjort, Hong Kong Baptist University

This is an exceptionally timely book that both updates and innovates the notion of Balkan cinema. Taking the financial crisis of 2008 as its starting point – rather than postcommunism, which has lost its significance – this collection offers new interpretation of the cinema of the Balkans and forms new constellations within these fast growing, intertwined cinema industries. There is a gap in current research on Balkan cinema, which has splintered into various national cinemas, and this volume patently fills this gap by insisting on inclusiveness in accounting for the region’s cinema production. This book will undoubtedly be a key resource for the study of Balkan cinema in the future.
– Lars Kristensen, University of Skövde, Sweden

This comprehensive and outstandingly-organized collection studies a dynamic segment of the European cinema and inspires its rethinking in a global context. It insightfully regards the year 2008 as a game-changer in the filmmaking practices of the region and stands out for its ambition to trace cross-border cultural fertilizations and highlight transnational cooperation.
– Constantin Parvulescu, Babeș-Bolyai University

Published by Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: November 2020
328 pages + 46 photos

[Contemporary Balkan Cinema]

With best wishes and all the best for the festive season!!

Lydia (and Ana)

Dr Lydia Papadimitriou
Reader (Associate Professor) in Film Studies
Liverpool John Moores University
Redmonds Building
Brownlow Hill
L3 5UG
Tel. 0151 2314857

Principal Editor: Journal of Greek Media and Culture<https://www.intellectbooks.com/journal-of-greek-media-culture>

Latest publication: Contemporary Balkan Cinema: Transnational Exchanges and Global Circuits<https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-contemporary-balkan-cinema.html> , edited by Lydia Papadimitriou and Ana Grgic, EUP. Discount code: NEW30 for 30%

Academia Profile<http://ljmu.academia.edu/LydiaPapadimitriou>

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