Patricia Pfeifer, M.A.

Former PhD student of the Graduate School
Research Associate

Project

Magisch - poetisch - real. Formen des Verstehens im ostmittel- und südosteuropäischen Kino
[Magic - poetic - real. Forms of understanding in East and Southeast European cinema]

Project description

In recent years a number of East and South East European films have been released, which seem to share a poetical and imaginative approach to reality in terms of their visual arrangement and structural affinity to non-linear narratives. They reveal a new cinematic language, which avoids simplifications and generally accepted concepts of truth by forcing the possibility of multifaceted perceptions of reality. Could it be that this is motivated by a new understanding of the inherent complexity of politics, history and memory?

“Magic Realism” is a (highly questionable) term frequently used by critics to describe the visual aesthetics and narratives in the films of a young generation of filmmakers, notably Iglika Trifonova and Zornitsa Sophia (Bulgaria), Bohdan Sláma (Czech Republic) or Jan Jakub Kolski (Poland). What strikes about their work is the specific way of creating a fictional and hermetic space which combines the realistic bleakness of post-socialist urbanity with a subjective and imaginative story-telling that undermines traditional categories of substantiality and reality.

The research project discusses and analyzes these new phenomena concerning the poetical tendencies in the current East and South East European films, and questions the artistic expressions as a new articulation of the specific conditions of the post-socialist societies. Following the theses of Jacques Rancière, the observed aesthetic transformations in contemporary arts and film could be conceived as new “modes of intelligibility”. By closing this research gap, the project seeks to respond to the concerns about enhancing the scholarly discussion in the field of East European film studies.

Supervision: Prof. Dr. Burcu Dogramaci, Prof. Dr. Fabienne Liptay

Contact

Patricia Pfeifer, M.A. (née Vidovic)
Seminar für Filmwissenschaft/Department for Film Studies
Universität Zürich (UZH)
Affolternstr. 56
CH-8050 Zürich
Tel: +41 44 634 3582
Fax: +41 44 634 4910
Email
Homepage UZH

Curriculum Vitae

Born in Oberhausen. 2006-2012 Study of Art History, Slavic Studies, European Ethnology at Bamberg, Paris and Munich. 2009-2012 Scholarship of the Max-Weber-Programme/"Elitenetzwerk Bayern". Spring 2012 Magister degree, final thesis „Über das Absurde in der Tschechischen Neuen Welle“ [On the absurd in the New Czech Wave]. Since June 2012 associated doctoral student at ProArt Graduate Programme (LMU Munich) and from November 2012 to Febvruary 2014 research associate at the Institute for the History of Art (LMU Munich) within the framework of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies. Since March 2014 Assistant Lecturer and doctoral student at the Department for Film Studies at the Universität Zürich (UZH) as well as "Research Associate", i.e. Associate Staff Member, of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies.

Publications

Articles and Book Chapters

"There’s a crack in everything". Zwiegespaltene Körper im Young Hungarian Cinema. In: Corina Erk/Anna-Maria Meyer (Hg.): MOE im Gegenwartsfilm. Marburg 2016 (forthcoming).

"Verbotlos verboten". Der jugoslawische Novi Film. In: Thomas Christen (Hg.): Einführung in die Filmgeschichte, Bd. 2: Vom Neorealismus zu den Neuen Wellen. Filmische Erneuerungsbewegungen 1945–1968, Marburg 2016, pp. 420–440.

Subjektive Historiographie. Die ungarische Filmemacherin Márta Mészáros und ihre Tagebuch-Trilogie (1982-1990).
In: Zeithistorische Forschungen/Studies in Contemporary History 12 (2015), 1, pp. 176–187 (Online-Version).

Other Articles

Wie perlendes Gold – Die Filme des Prager Frühlings. In: Programmheft des Kino St. Gallen, Oktober 2015, pp. 5–8.

White God – Kornél Mundruczó. In: Filmbulletin. Zeitschrift für Film und Kino, 5/2015, pp. 25–26.

Tausendschönchen Věra Chytilová.In: Programmheft des Stadtkino Basel, April 2015.

Book Reviews

Was there or was there not a Polish New Wave? Review of "Nouvelle Vague polonaise? Auf der Suche nach einem flüchtigen Phänomen der Filmgeschichte", edited by Margarete Wach/Deutsches Filminstitut, Marburg 2015.In: Studies in Eastern European Cinema (Online, 15 Aug 2016).

Wolfgang Brückner: Bilddenken. Mensch und Magie oder Missverständnisse der Moderne. Münster/New York/München: Waxmann 2013. In: Medienwissenschaft 4/2014, pp. 345–346.

Liliya Berezhnaya/Christian Schmitt (Hg.): Iconic Turns. Nation and Religion in Eastern European Cinema since 1989. Leiden/Boston 2013. In: Südost-Forschungen. Internationale Zeitschrift für Geschichte, Kultur und Landeskunde Südosteuropas 72/2013, pp. 540–542.

Konrad Klejsa, Schamma Schahadat, Margarethe Wach (Hg.): Der polnische Film. Von seinen Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Marburg 2013. In: Medienwissenschaft 3/2013, pp. 276–278.

Irma Durakovic/Michael Lommel/Joachim Paech (Hg.): Raum und Identität im Film. Historische und aktuelle Perspektiven. Marburg 2012. In: Medienwissenschaft 3/2013, pp. 334–335.

Lectures

"Something has changed under the Surface. Körperlichkeit und Bildmaterialität in den Filmen des Young Hungarian Cinema". Interdisziplinäre Tagung zum Kino aus und über Ostmitteleuropa, Universität Bamberg, July 2015.

"BildTransformationen. Aktuelle Positionen im (ost)europäischen Autorenfilm". Forschungskolloquium des Seminars für Filmwissenschaft der Universität Zürich, May 2014.

"On Mi(se)rabilism. Szabalocs Hajdus Bibliothéque Pascal (2010) als Beispiel einer ästhetisch-transitorischen Denkfigur". Internationale Konferenz zum Thema Wendepunkte in der Kultur und Geschichte Ostmitteleuropas, Karoli-Gaspar-Universität Budapest, November 2013.

"Magisch – poetisch – real. Formen des Verstehens im ostmittel- und südosteuropäischen Kino". Vortrag im Rahmen der Eröffnungsfeier der Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien München, June 2013.

Patricia Vidovic, M.A.