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Alex. Leo Serban

Alex. Leo Serban (1959-2011) was a film critic, journalist, translator and visual artist. He contributed translations, essays and prose to numerous cultural publications in Romania and abroad. He was a curator and exhibiter, and sat on the juries of countless international art exhibitions and film festivals. He founded and ran the Cinéphiles Club at the Institut Français de Bucharest. He lectured at the Lincoln Center in New York (1996), Umea University in Sweden (1996), and the Humboldt University in Berlin (2000). Between March 2005 and September 2006 he presented Fotograme (Photogrammes), a series about visual culture, on TVR Cultural. In 2008, the Timpul Foundation awarded him its grand prize for Cultural Journalism. In 2004, he published Lars von Trier: filmele, femeile, fantomele (Lars von Trier: The Films, the Women, the Ghosts; co-authors, Mihai Chirilov and Stefan Balan), and in 2006, Jeu de paume (in collaboration with poet Serban Foarta) and Dietetica lui Robinson (Robinson’s Dietetics). Polirom has published his De ce vedem filme. Et in Arcadia Cinema (Why we Watch Films, 2006) and 4 luni, 3 saptamini si 2 zile cu filmul romanesc (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days with Romanian Film, 2009). As well as the novel The Parlayed Letter, which he wrote in English, two books by Alex. Leo Serban were published posthumously in 2011: a collection of poems, Alte camere, alte glasuri de ieri (Other Rooms, Other Voices of Yesterday) and a collection of articles, Mica dietatica (Little Dietetics).

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