Dr. Christina Stojanova, PhD, Associate Professor at the Department of Film, University of Regina (SK), has been a member of AQCC since 1997, and, in this capacity, has sat on 20 international film festival juries. Since 1995, she has contributed regularly to Canadian and international cinema journals – Ciné-Bulles (Montréal), Kinema (Kitchener-Waterloo), Splice (Regina), Kino (Bulgaria), KinoKultura (UK), Film (Romania), Seans (Russia) – and, occasionally, to newspapers — The Gazette (Montréal), Leader Post (Regina), Bulgarian Horizons (Toronto). Since 2003, she has published 30 articles and chapters in specialized academic press, and has co-edited the anthologies Wittgenstein at the Movies (Lexington Books, 2011), The Legacies of Jean-Luc Godard (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2014) and The New Romanian Cinema (Edinburgh UP, 2017). Her book on Canadian animator Caroline Leaf will be published by Toronto UP in 2017.
What is the first film that left an impression on you?
The Stone Flower, a Russian fairy tale, filmed by Alexandr Ptushko, the Soviet Walt Disney. I saw it at the age of 3 in communist Bulgaria. Albeit ancient, it was one of the precious few children movies available until the mid-1960s.
What is the first film review you have published?
My first critical reviews were published in Film News, a popular Bulgarian film magazine, while still a student at the Bulgarian Academy for Theatre and Film, and the one I remember best, was on Kubrick’s The Shining.
What is the role of film critics, according to you?
As important as it has always been, and as long as there are even a few people out there interested in it.
What is your writing ritual?
Usually begins with finding a word that captures my feeling about the film. In order to speed up the process, I try to find some inspirng, well-written text, not necessarily about film.
Who is your favourite film critic or theoretician?
Over the years, there have been many preferred theoreticians and concepts – they just come and go. Currently, I am passionate about neo-Jungian approaches to film, based on Carl Gustav Jung’s analytical psychology.
5 favourite international films
Aferim by Radu Jude (Romania, 2015)
Burn After Reading by the Coen Brothers (USA, 2008)
Mulholland Drive by David Lynch (USA, 2001)
Underground by Emir Kusturica (Yugoslavia/Germany/France/Bulgaria/Czech Republic/Hungary, 1995)
Satantango by Béla Tarr (Hungary, 1994)
5 favourite Québec films
The Trotsky by Jacob Tierney (2009)
Maelstrom by Denis Villeneuve (2000)
Hathi by Philippe Gautier (2000)
Le Confessional by Robert Lepage (1995)
Jésus de Montreal by Denys Arcand (1989)
Composition du conseil d'administration de l'AQCC, tel que choisi lors de l'Assemblée générale annuelle du 26 janvier 2017.
L'AQCC compte une soixantaine de membres représentant une vingtaine de médias différents.
Radio, internet, imprimé ou télévision, à l'AQCC, tous les types de médias sont représentés.