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Journeys on ScreenTheory, Ethics, Aesthetics$
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Louis Bayman and Natália Pinazza

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474421836

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421836.001.0001

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Women on the Road: Representing Female Mobility in Contemporary Hungarian–Romanian Co-productions

Women on the Road: Representing Female Mobility in Contemporary Hungarian–Romanian Co-productions

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(p.147) Chapter 9 Women on the Road: Representing Female Mobility in Contemporary Hungarian–Romanian Co-productions
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Journeys on Screen
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Hajnal Király

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421836.003.0010

Despite their stylistic differences, contemporary Hungarian and Romanian films show a striking similarity in representing aborted, delayed, interrupted journeys, often culminating in situations of entrapment. The three analysed films - Iszka's Journey (Csaba Bollók, 2007), Katalin Varga (Peter Strickland, 2009) and Bibliothèque Pascal (Szabolcs Hajdu, 2010) - represent the incomplete, fragmented journeys of female protagonists of different ages, thus constituting a coherent, representative narrative of a quest for a home, endangered by (male) trahison and physical or psychological aggression. All three films are Hungarian-Romanian co-productions, an aspect which opens the topic of mobility out to new figurative, meta-narrative interpretations of the fims’ heterotopia, of the limits and limitations of intercultural exchange. Following an overview of central heterotopias the chapter performs a typology of these female travellers, with the aim to deconstruct (Western) cultural stereotypes related to (Eastern) female mobility.

Keywords:   Contemporary Hungarian and Romanian cinema, female mobility, coproductions, heterotopia

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