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Beyond Eastern NoirReimaging Russia and Eastern Europe in Nordic Cinemas$
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Anna Estera Mrozewicz

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474418102

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474418102.001.0001

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Beyond Eastern Noir: Toward a New (Cinematic) Space

Beyond Eastern Noir: Toward a New (Cinematic) Space

(p.194) Afterword Beyond Eastern Noir: Toward a New (Cinematic) Space
Beyond Eastern Noir

Anna Estera Mrozewicz

Edinburgh University Press

The afterword discusses the Finnish film Sauna which, albeit utilising conventions of the horror genre, makes a powerful breach in the border discourse and disturbs easy dichotomies. The film combines a popular format potentially appealing to a wide audience and complex philosophical content which approaches ‘border’ in a manner typical of weak (rather than dominant) narratives. As such, it represents a rare example of amalgamating various registers, thereby harbouring a potential to transform broader cultural imagination. Both thematically and aesthetically, Sauna makes us rethink the means available for engaging one’s own national, regional and transnational (hi)stories. A similar qualification applies to the films analysed throughout this book, offering a valuable testing ground for what has been defined as boundary discourses, and reaching beyond the paradigm of the Eastern noir.

Keywords:   Finnish film, Sauna, dichotomies, horror, weak narratives, cultural imagination, boundary discourses, Eastern noir

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