Balkan Cinema and the Great Wars

Our Story

by Adrian-Silvan Ionescu (Volume editor) Savas Arslan (Volume editor) Marian Tutui (Volume editor)
©2020 Edited Collection 282 Pages


Balkan Cinema is a result of a common cultural space shared by different nations. While operating under a blanket and negative perspective on the region, Balkan filmmakers produced diverse yet comparable narratives creatively responding to their situation. Featuring selected and edited presentations from the Third International Conference on Balkan Cinema 8-10 May 2018 in Bucharest, this volume features how films entangled these issues including wars, national identity, myths, travels, and cultural exchanges. While we share a common Balkan heritage and celebrate peace and coexistence, we are also aware of the fact that our stories are written amidst and through multiple conflicts and wars. The wars and the peace, regardless of when and how they are happening, are ours to share.


ISBN (Softcover)
Balkan films world wars national identity propaganda early cinema
Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2020. 282 pp., 30 fig. b/w.

Biographical notes

Adrian-Silvan Ionescu (Volume editor) Savas Arslan (Volume editor) Marian Tutui (Volume editor)

Adrian Silvan Ionescu is Director of the «George Oprescu» Institute of Art History and Associate Professor at the National University of Arts in Bucharest, Romania. Trained as an art historian he was previously the curator at the National Museum of Art and at the City Museum of Bucharest, where he also worked as the deputy director. His fields of study are the history of Romanian photography, 19th century fine arts and urban civilization, the history of civil and military costume. He authored fourteen books and edited eight others. Marian Țuțui is a leading film researcher in the field of the history of the early cinema in Romania and in the Balkans. He worked for the Romanian Film Archive and was its curator. Currently he is a professor at Hyperion University in Bucharest and a researcher at «George Oprescu» Institute of Art History of the Romanian Academy. Savaş Arslan is a professor of Cinema and Television at Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul. Apart from his articles on cinema, arts, and culture, which appeared in different journals, magazines and edited volumes, he is the author of a monograph on the history of cinema in Turkey and a book on melodrama, and the chief editor of an international journal on world cinema studies.


Title: Balkan Cinema and the Great Wars