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Emilija Talijan

Emilija Talijan

Department: French

Supervisor: Professor Emma Wilson

College: Trinity Hall

AHRC Subject Area: Film History, Theory and Criticism

Title of Thesis: Noise in Contemporary European Cinema


Emilija completed her undergraduate studies in French and Russian before going on to do an MPhil in Screen Media & Cultures, both at the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral research explores noise and auditory experience in contemporary European art cinema. Her project brings to the fore shifts in sensory connections, from viewing to listening, evident in contemporary film practice, and demonstrates how noise has been used by filmmakers to reflect on the political and social meanings that attach to different bodies.

Other academic interests 

Film Theory

Sound Studies

Contemporary French Thought

Literary and Cultural Theory

19th and 20th Century French Literature



Key Publications

‘What utopia would feel like’: Lars von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark’, Screen, Volume 58, Issue 3, 1 September 2017, Pages 332–348,

'Les Petits Bruits': Little Noises and Lower Volumes in Catherine Breillat's Romance (1999) and Anatomie de l'enfer (2004)', Studies in French Cinema, First View,