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Discussing the place of the short film within a national cinema, Martin McLoone asks whether this art form is uniquely placed to explore questions of the national. I ask the alternative question: how imperative is familiarity with a national cinema to an understanding of a short film such as Matka?
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Keywords: Nordic Noir; cultural identity; entrapment; myth; national identity; universality

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Trinity College Dublin

Publication date: April 1, 2014

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