The vibe of this year’s showcase of contemporary Romanian cinema is perhaps best captured by Faulkner’s famous words “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Twenty-five years have passed since the fall of Communism, but for most of the films in this series—from Quod Erat Demonstrandum to I’m an Old Communist Hag to Viktoria to Roxanne—the past remains unfinished business, proof that Romania’s recent history has left an indelible mark on its collective consciousness. When not addressing history, Romanian films embrace the present and attempt to break free from a haunted past, begging the question: can it really be left behind? The ninth edition of Making Waves offers some possible answers.