Since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, not only Europe’s self-understanding, but also the forms and functions of European filmmaking have been undergoing transformations. As recent research on contemporary European cinema has emphasized, the increasingly cosmopolitan and transnational imaginary of the new Europe finds its filmic counterpart in a new European cinema that transgresses national boundaries at the levels both of production and filmic content. With this constellation in mind, the Montreal-based research group Project on European Cinemas offers a unique forum for bringing together Canadian and international research on European cinema and video production, as well as new developments in film theory. Composed of specialists in European cinemas from the Montreal universities, our group works across traditional national boundaries to investigate the functions and transformations of filmmaking, film history and film theory in light of the recent shifts–in culture, geography, politics and media–that have marked Europe since the 1990s. In particular, we are interested in issues such as the spatial aesthetics of recent European cinema, the effects of media transformations (digital images, satellite, etc.) on filmic representations, the emergence of new models of spectacle and spectatorship, and not least of all the transformations in contemporary understandings of citizenship, civility, culture and belonging.

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