Guests

ADRIAN TITIENI

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Adrian Titieni, born in 1963, is a well-known Romanian actor of theater and film. He made his debut in film in Paso Doble, premiered at Berlinale in 1986, and played in over 50 films in his career. He continued acting in many short and student films, even after he became a well-known actor and the rector of the Bucharest National University of Theater and Film. During his career, he worked with Lucian Pintilie for The Oak, premiered Cannes, 1992, with Cristi Puiu for The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, Cannes 2005 or Calin Netzer for Child’s Pose, Golden Bear in Berlin 2013. He is the winner of the Silver Hugo, Best Actor, at the 2016 Chicago International Film Festival for his leading role in Cristian Mungiu’s Graduation.

BOGDAN MIRICA

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An editor, novelist and copywriter by training in his native Romania, Bogdan Mirica began his directing career in 2011 with the short film Bora Bora which met with popular acclaim at the Festival d’Angers, France. With Dogs, his first feature film, he confirms his status as a director and offers us a fresco of corrupt human nature, in which the protagonists are engaged in a war with their inner selves. Dogs is the winner of the  2016 Critics Award, (Best Foreign First Film) French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, and the 2016 FIPRESCI Prize (Un Certain Regard), Cannes Film Festival.

MARIA DINULESCU

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Maria Dinulescu  came to international attention in 2003, when one of the first shorts she played in, Traffic, won the Palme d’Or in Cannes. She came back to Cannes in 2007, as the lead female actress in the full-feature California Dreamin (endless), the winner of the Un Certain Regard section. Maria subsequently played the lead role in Hooked by Adrian Sitaru, the Best Actress award at the 2008 Thessaloniki Film Festival and the 2009 Buenos Aires Film Festival. She was the lead in the music video, Peace by Depeche Mode. She studied at UCLA, Groundlings Theatre&School.  Stepping Out brought her the Best Actress Award at the 2014 Los Angeles Indie Film Fest. Maria has a master in Japanese theater and culture.

DORU POP

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Doru Pop is currently Mildred Miller Fort Foundation Visiting Scholar in European Studies, at Columbus University, Columbus GA, USA. He is a professor at the Faculty of Theatre and Television, Babeş-Bolyai Univ., Cluj, Romania. His research interests include cinema and media studies, visual culture and political ideologies and mythologies. He has an MA in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD in the philosophy of visual culture from Babeș-Bolyai Univ. In 2012 he was a Fulbright fellow at Bard College, New York, where he taught a course on the Romanian recent cinema. He is the editor in chief of the Ekphrasis academic journal and director of the Ekphrasis Transdisciplinary Research Center. His most recent book is  Romanian New Wave Cinema: An Introduction (McFarland &Company, 2014).

IOANIDA COSTACHE

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Ioanida Costache, violinist and videographer, is currently pursuing a PhD in Musicology at Stanford University. Broadly speaking, her scholarship focuses on Romanian-Roma music, which she researched in Romania while on a Fulbright Research Grant in 2013-14. Her current research explores issues of race and ethnicity, performance/construction of identity, cultural memory, trauma, and history as they intersect in lautareasca music, a Romani musico-oral tradition of Romania. While in Romania, Ioanida took lessons with a Roma violinist about whom she made a short documentary film, which touches upon her own Roma identity and family history regarding Romanian-Roma music.

COSANA ERAM

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Cosana Eram is Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at University of the Pacific, California. She obtained a PhD in French and Humanities at Stanford University (2010) and a doctorate magna cum laude in Philology at the University of Bucharest, Romania (2003). With a primary research focus on international avant-garde and modernism, she has a book in Romanian on the literary canon and has published on world literature, art, film, and cultural studies. (more info)

MARIA TEODORA COMSA

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Maria Teodora Comsa is a Lecturer in French at Stanford University. She holds a PhD in French from Stanford, and she specializes in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French literature with a particular interest in theater. Her research on “society theater” (le théâtre de société) is at the intersection of literature, social studies, and digital humanities. Maria has published articles in the Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theater Research journal and in the Journal of Modern History. Her current projects include an examination of Casanova’s Parisian networks and a database of French society theater.

EVA PRIONAS

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Eva Prionas holds a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University, as well as advanced degrees in Classics from Stanford University and the National University of Athens, Greece. She is a lecturer of Greek language and literature at Stanford University, and she has been teaching Greek language, contemporary Greek literature and culture, and language through literature and film. Dr. Prionas is also the coordinator of the Special Language Program at the Stanford Language Center, and she is responsible for designing curriculum, creating staff development programs, and introducing innovative technologies for the teaching and learning of the less commonly taught languages. Her work focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of multimedia-based materials and their effective uses in the less commonly taught languages.

STEVEN KOVACS

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Professor, Directing, European & Latin American Cinema, Producing and Writing, San Francisco State Univ. Steven Kovacs has written on art, photography, Surrealism, Latin American and Eastern European film, particularly on the intersection of politics and the arts. He is the author of poetry, fiction, and translations. He has written, produced, and directed feature films (“ON THE LINE”, “’68”, “ANGEL BLUE”) and received an Academy Award Nomination for the documentary “Arthur and Lillie”. (more info)

JEFF PENNINGTON

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Jeff Pennington has been Executive Director of the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at UC Berkeley since January 2008. He holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, an M.A. in East European Studies from Indiana University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in international relations from Kobe University Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies in Kobe, Japan, where his research focuses on Japanese – East European relations in the interwar period. In 1990-91, he was a Fulbright researcher at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania, and then from 1993 to 1997 he worked as program officer for the Bucharest field office of the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX).
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