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Film Studies Research Seminar: ‘Transnational Latin American Art Cinema and New European Funding Landscapes: the Story behind the Credits’

A Film Studies Research Seminar entitled, ‘Transnational Latin American Art Cinema and New European Funding Landscapes: the Story behind the Credits’, will take place on Tuesday 25th March 2014 at 4pm in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus. The seminar will be led by Dr Deborah Shaw from the University of Portsmouth. All welcome!

Here is an abstract for the seminar:

European social funding bodies, aligned with film festivals, have been instrumental through their support in developing the careers of some of the most high profile contemporary Latin American filmmakers. The Hubert Bals Fund, part of the Rotterdam Festival, the German World Cinema Fund, an initiative of the Berlinale, and Cinéfondation, a programme linked to the Cannes film festival, have all favoured Latin American directors. Beneficiaries of grants from European funding bodies (among many others) include Mexico’s Carlos Reygadas, the Peruvian Claudia Llosa, and Lisandro Alonso, Diego Lerman, Lucrecia Martel, Lucía Puenzo and Pablo Trapero, all from Argentina. This paper will outline key debates relating to the political and social implications of this new funding landscape. It will examine the arguments of those who are critical and those who are supportive of these developments and, drawing on examples of films from the above-mentioned directors, will ask whether relationships between funding bodies and filmmakers create new forms of dependence or new partnerships. In addition, the paper considers whether the contemporary auteurist festival film is a new transnational cinematic art form that makes critics reconsider notions of national cinema.

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