New Argentine Cinema

Module code: SP3160

Module co-ordinator: Dr Clara Garavelli

Module Aims

This module will introduce students to aspects of contemporary Argentine cinema through an examination of seven feature length films and two short experimental videos. It will begin with a consideration of the recent history of Argentina and will go on to explore the social and political contexts of each of the set films and to analyse their themes and style.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will have developed a critical awareness of the films studied and of their social and historical contexts. They will be able to discuss recurrent themes in contemporary Argentine culture and to demonstrate their knowledge of cinematic genres and techniques through oral and written presentations.

Teaching and learning methods

Classes will largely take the form of introductory lectures, seminars, and presentations.  

Assessment method

One coursework essay of 2,500-3,000 words (50%)

One presentation (20%)

One two-hour examination (30%)

Set filmography

Pizza, Birra y Faso [Pizza, Beer and Cigarettes] (Bruno Stagnaro and Adrián Caetano 1998)
El Bonaerense (Pablo Trapero 2002)
La ciénaga [The Swamp] (Lucrecia Martel 2001)
Silvia Prieto (Martín Rejtman 1999)
Cama adentro [Live-in Maid] (Jorge Gaggero 2004)
El hijo de la novia [The Son of the Bride] (Juan José Campanella 2001)
Infancia Clandestina [Clandestine Childhood] (Benjamín Avila 2011)
Granada (Graciela Taquini 2005)
20/12 (Mariano Cohn 2001)

Key background reading

Aguilar, Gonzalo, OtherWorlds: New Argentine Film (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)
Andermann, Jens, New Argentine Cinema (London: I.B.Tauris, 2012)
Page, Joanna, Crisis and Capitalism in Contemporary Argentine Cinema (Durham, EEUU: Duke University Press, 2009).

Additional resources

A full reading list will be provided in the first week of teaching and will be available on Blackboard.